Her teams have qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament in each of the past 16 seasons.
In her career, Whitcomb has posted a record of 217-151-1, which includes a two-year stint at Montclair State prior to her arrival at MHC. She captured her 200th career victory in a 5-2 win over Gwynedd-Mercy University in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
The 2014 season saw the Lyons once again post an outstanding season as MHC went 17-4 with a 7-1 record in the NEWMAC. The squad finished second in the conference and runner-up at the NEWMAC Tournament, earning the program's second-straight NCAA Tournament At-Large bid.
It was the program's four appearance in the NCAA Tournament - all under Whitcomb's guidance - and the second straight. MHC played host to Husson in the opening round, defeating the Eagles by a 2-0 margin to once again advance to the Second Round. The Lyons squared off against third-ranked and defending national champion, Bowdoin in the Sweet 16, falling by a 4-0 margin.
Five student-athletes capped the season in double-digits for points, while four were named NEWMAC All-Conference, including three on the First Team. Additionally, five were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA New England East Region Teams, including First Team honorees midfielder Kirsten Kilburn and goalie Liz DiCesare.
Whitcomb guided Mount Holyoke to one its best seasons in program history during the 2013 campaign. The Lyons went 18-3, which was the second-most wins in program history (behind the 2002 team - 19-4) and the program record for fewest losses. Additionally, MHC was second in the NEWMAC standings with a 7-1 record.
The team received an At-Large bid into the NCAA Tournament – their third appearance under Whitcomb – and earned the program’s first-ever NCAA victory with a 5-2 defeat of Gwynedd-Mercy in the First Round. The Lyons fell by a 1-0 margin in double-overtime against top-seeded Montclair State University in the Second Round.
Six student-athletes finished with double-digits in points, while four were named NEWMAC All-Conference, including the Rookie of the Year. Her squad was also among Division III’s best in a number of categories, finishing second in save percentage (.862) and fifth in both scoring margin (2.85) and winning percentage (.857).
Under Whitcomb's direction, the Lyons claimed NEWMAC Tournament Championships in both 2001 and 2003. Each of those squads advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament before eventually falling to Skidmore College and Salisbury University, respectively. Whitcomb was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year and NFHCA New England East Region Coach of the Year for her efforts in both seasons. Her 2001 team was the first in program history to advance to the NCAA National Tournament.
In 2002, Whitcomb led Mount Holyoke to its first ever ECAC New England Division III Championship and its first Seven Sisters Championship in 18 years. Her squad also moved on to the ECAC Tournament title match in 2005.
During the 2011 campaign, the Lyons posted a 16-5 record, including a 6-2 mark in the NEWMAC to earn the conference's Regular Season crown. The squad advanced to the NEWMAC Championship for the 13th straight season and went on to win the 2011 ECAC DIII New England Tournament.
Whitcomb has coached several individual standouts, including seven National All-Americans and 32 Regional All-Americans. Three of her players have earned NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors, and over 100 have claimed NFHCA All-Academic status.
During her tenure, the Lyons have traveled abroad to England, Argentina, South Africa and most recently China in the summer of 2014.
Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke staff, Whitcomb served as head coach for the Montclair State University field hockey team. In two years, her teams broke school records for wins in a season, goals in a season, shutouts and longest winning streak. Whitcomb collected NJAC Coach of the Year honors in 1997 before departing for Mount Holyoke. Under her tutelage, the Red Hawks posted an overall record of 19-17-0 (.528).
Whitcomb has served as the NCAA Division III National Representative for the NFHCA, the National Chair of the NFHCA Division III Senior All-Star Game and a member of the NEWMAC Sportsmanship Committee.
In addition to her coaching duties at the College, she is also a Senior Lecturer in its Department of Physical Education. She teaches a variety of racquet sports, weight training, fitness for life and ultimate Frisbee. Whitcomb completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Cortland and received a Master of Science Degree in exercise and sports studies from Smith College.