Amanda Arpé has directed Simmons Field Hockey for 10 seasons since 2010 and has established herself as the most successful field hockey mentor in school history.
Arpé has enjoyed unprecedented success over the past seven seasons, guiding the Sharks to a 77-58 (.570) mark during that time. She has earned conference Coach of the Year honors twice and captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship in each of the first two seasons of the GNAC sponsoring field hockey. The 2014 crown marked the first NCAA Championship Tournament berth for Simmons field hockey in school history. Arpé duplicated her success the following year, posting a 14-5 record to match the school record for victories, while winning the GNAC title again for another NCAA appearance. Under Arpé's guidance, the field hockey squad has advanced to post season play in each of her 10 seasons.
Arpé's teams have also established themselves as the top defensive units in the nation. The Sharks led NCAA Division III in shutouts per match in 2015, while ranking third in goals against average.
As a testament to the quality of players she has recruited, Simmons has boasted a pair of Conference Offensive Player recipients, a Goalkeeper of the Year and three times the Defensive Player of the Year has played for the Sharks. In addition, a trio of Rookie of the Year awards have been handed out to Simmons players as well as five All-Region honorees in the past six seasons. She has seen 31 players earn All-Conference accolades, including 15 First Teamers under her watch since Simmons joined the GNAC in 2014.
In 2013, Arpé became the program's all-time leader in coaching victories, while posting a 12-8 record for the team's highest win total in eight seasons. She was also named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year after posting the best one-year won-loss turnaround in school history. The Simmons mentor saw four players earn NAC All-Conference honors, while featuring the league's Rookie of the Year.
Arpé joined the Simmons Athletics staff after spending a year as Head Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach at Mashpee High School. She also had a one-year stint on the sidelines as the Assistant Lacrosse coach at Archbishop Williams High School. While at Mashpee, Arpé led the field hockey team to a 10-3-5 record and an appearance in the South Division II tournament, while producing four South Shore All Stars. In addition, Arpé coached the lacrosse team to a 7-6 mark, the first winning season in the program’s history.
Before coaching high school, Arpé spent five years as the Assistant Field Hockey Coach at NCAA Division II Stonehill College, helping the Skyhawks to a 51-14 record in her final three seasons. While at Stonehill, Arpé’s responsibilities included the planning of team practices, goalkeeper coaching responsibilities, game management, strength and conditioning and recruiting and scouting.
Arpé has coached several camps and clinics in the northeast. She was the Assistant Director of Stonehill’s Ultimate Field Hockey Camp, and assisted at Springfield College’s YES Clinic and the East West Field Hockey Camps at Keene State.
She also led the Simmons lacrosse team as the program's Head Coach for four seasons from 2011-14 and compiled a 32-26 record, while leading the Sharks to four straight playoff berths and an appearance in the 2013 GNAC Championship game. She returned to the lacrosse sidelines one last time as the team's mentor for the 2018 season and led the squad to a post-season berth behind three All-Conference honorees.
Arpé is a 2003 graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges where she earned her B.A. in American Studies. She was a four-year member of the varsity field hockey team that won the 2000 Division III National Championship.