Field Hockey Coaching Staff
Michelle Simpson
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
City/State: Midlesbrough, England
High School: University of Teesside
Alma Mater: UAlbany
Graduating Year: 2009
Experience: 7 Years
Phone: (518) 925-2194

Michelle Simpson just completed her seventh season as assistant coach for the UAlbany field hockey team in 2015. She has spent 10 seasons with the Great Danes, three as a player and seven as a member of the coaching staff.

Simpson's on-field responsibilities primarily include working with the goalkeepers and assisting with the offensive unit.  Additionally, she works individually to improve and develop the technical skills of the players. She has helped the Great Danes to five America East Tournament and league regular season titles as a player and coach. She led UAlbany to the program's first-ever America East Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in the 2008 season as a player.

Simpson was elected to the UAlbany Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016 after her stellar playing career with the Great Danes, including being a two-time All-American and earning 101 career points from 2006-08.

A former midfielder as a player, Simpson has coached two goalkeepers to a combined four America East Goalkeeper of the Year accolades.

Under Simpson’s tutelage, Maxi Primus, in her third season in the cage, became the all-time winningest goalkeeper in program history. Through her junior year, Primus won 53 games to go with 20 career shutouts. She ranked fourth among NCAA Division I goalkeepers with a career goals against average of 1.12 heading into her final year of eligibility.

Simpson led Primus to NFHCA All-American honors in 2014, the first UAlbany goalkeeper all-time to earn the award. Primus was also unanimously named the America East Goalkeeper of the Year. In her sophomore season, Primus set a new record for single-season wins and Division I single-season shutouts.

From 2010-12, Simpson led Kristi Troch to America East Goalkeeper of the Year honors in consecutive seasons. Troch is the only league goalkeeper all-time to receive the award three times.  

In her first season, Simpson helped guide the Great Danes to their second America East Conference title and second NCAA Tournament appearance.  

Simpson, a two-time All-American, was named the America East Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2008 after scoring 10 goals and recording 12 assists. Simpson, who was named UAlbany's Female Athlete of the Year for 2008-2009, finished her career ranked second all-time in career points (101) as well as fourth in goals (37) and assists (27). She was a three-time all-conference first team selection and was named the offensive player of the year in 2006.

As having one of the most decorated careers in program history, Simpson became the first UAlbany player in the Division I era to earn All-America status, garnering the accolade in 2007 and 2008. She was also a three-time NFHCA All-Northeast Region selection and ECAC Division I All-Star. Simpson was invited to play in the North-South Senior All-Start game after leading the Great Danes to the program's first-ever America East Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.