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Fallston's Puckett retires

Fallston coach Alice Puckett led the Cougars to 11 state titles, which ranks third behind Severna Park's Lil Shelton (18) and Pocomoke's Susan Pusey (14) in state history. This past season, she guided the Cougars to a 19-1 record and their second straight state Class 3A championship.
Fallston coach Alice Puckett led the Cougars to 11 state titles, which ranks third behind Severna Park's Lil Shelton (18) and Pocomoke's Susan Pusey (14) in state history. This past season, she guided the Cougars to a 19-1 record and their second straight state Class 3A championship. (Baltimore Sun photo by Monica Lopossay)

Fallston field hockey coach Alice Puckett, who guided the Cougars to 11 state championships in 26 years, has stepped down so she can watch her daughter Lindsey play at Maryland for the next four years.

"I knew last summer [2007] when Lindsey made the decision to play hockey in college that I wanted to be able to go to the games. That's the bottom line," said Puckett, who told her players Monday night at their season-ending dinner that she would retire.

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Puckett, one of the most successful coaches in state history in any sport, guided the Cougars to their second straight state Class 3A championship, a 19-1 record and the No. 2 ranking this past fall.

She was named

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's Harford County Coach of the Year, and Lindsey was the All-Metro Player of the Year.

Her career record stands at 340-63-18, and her 11state titles rank third in state field hockey history, behind Severna Park's Lil Shelton with 18 and Pocomoke's Susan Pusey with 14.

In 1994 and 1998, Puckett was

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's All-Metro Coach of the Year.

She will continue to teach at Fallston, where she is the chairwoman of the physical education department, and will continue to run Puckett's Instructional Field Hockey Camp during the summer.

Puckett said she expects her assistant, Megan Koons, who played at Syracuse and hails from field hockey-rich Blue Mountain, Pa., to be named the new Cougars head coach.

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