Thomas Worthington High School field hockey coach Terri Simonetti Frost recorded her 300th career win when her team defeated Lancaster 9-0 in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 16.
Simonetti Frost, who is in her 20th season with the Cardinals, did not realize that she had reached the milestone until later that night at home.
“My husband was going through and we were updating the girls’ stats and he came across my coaching record and said, ‘Hey, that was your 300th win,’” she said. “I knew going into the season that I could reach it, and it is a nice achievement and I don’t mean to downplay it. But you get so involved with Xs and Os and trying to get this team to do this or that, that you don’t focus on something like career wins.”
Thomas’ seniors are 75-4-1 in their careers. The three-time defending state champion Cardinals, who are seeded second in the district, improved to 16-1 with the win over Lancaster and advanced to play host to eighth-seeded New Albany in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
“I’m kind of embarrassed that the information (about the milestone) got out, because it’s not something that’s that important in the bigger picture,” Simonetti Frost said. “The bigger picture is that I’ve had great players coming through for a long time now and I’m happiest when I see them graduate from college or buy a house or start a family and all those things.
“I’ve had a number of parents come back and thank me and a whole lot of players come back and tell me they’re using the rules or philosophies they learned by playing field hockey at Thomas. That’s the big picture: happiness.”
Simonetti Frost coached one year at Grandview before arriving at Thomas, posting six victories with the Bobcats.