Cape Henlopen’s Austin named DSBA Coach of Year

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Kate Austin will be honored at the DSBA’s 67th annual banquet, which will be held at noon at the Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel, on President’s Day, Feb. 15. (Delaware State News file photo)

Kate Austin didn’t start Cape Henlopen High’s impressive field hockey tradition.

But she’s done a pretty good job of keeping it going.

Austin has led the Vikings to a state title in each of her four seasons as Cape’s head coach, giving the program five state crowns in a row.

For her accomplishments, the Caesar Rodney High grad has been named the 2015 winner of the Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year Award by the Delaware Sportswriters & Broadcasters Association.

Austin (formerly Windett) will be honored at the DSBA’s 67th annual banquet, which will be held at noon at the Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel, on President’s Day, Feb. 15.

Also at the event, Smyrna High’s Division I football state championship squad will be honored as the state Team of the Year.

The banquet will also honor the winners of the John J. Brady Award as Delaware’s Outstanding Athlete, the Herm Reitzes Award for public service, and the Buddy Hurlock Unsung Hero Award.

Tickets are available for $30 at http://www.delasports.org/

Austin is the 17th winner of the Tubby Raymond award and the third female winner. She joins Polytech’s Lynn Richardson (2013) and Tower Hill’s Robin Adair (‘07) on the list.

This past fall, Cape finished 19-0 in capturing the field hockey state crown. The Vikings allowed only six goals all season while posting 13 shutouts.

When she was hired in 2012, Austin said she didn’t mind taking on everything that comes with coaching a successful porgram.

“I definitely like the pressure,” she said at the time. “I try to not let it get to me. To the people at Cape, I’m an outsider. I didn’t come into this with an agenda, I don’t have favorites, I didn’t know anyone. I think it’s good to have a new perspective.

“There’s pressure,” Austin added. “They expect me to win. I expect to win so I think I put some pressure on myself, too.”

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