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Field Hockey Assistant Coach Tess Ellis

- Tess Ellis

Tess Ellis enters her 15th year and third stint as a William and Mary coach in 2010, rejoining the team after a year away coaching at the high school level in Williamsburg. She will assist with all aspects of running the Tribe's nationally-competitive program, from practice-planning to recruiting, and have a special emphasis on training the College's goalkeepers.

"I am very happy to have Tess back on board as my first assistant," said Hawthorne. "We have worked together for many years, she brings a wealth of experience to the team and she is one of the most creative and talented coaches in the game.

Ellis was hired back in February for her third stint with the Tribe field hockey team, after eight years as first assistant from 1993-2000 and another six as volunteer assistant coach from 2003-08. During the past year, she was the varsity field hockey coach at Walsingham Academy, and coached three Trojans to all-state honors. From 2000-2003, Ellis served as the head coach of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Under-21 National team, and as an assistant coach with the National Senior team. During her time with the national team, she was responsible for training legendary U.S. keepers Peggy Storrar and Amy Tran. Ellis was also responsible for developing the residency program for the National Olympic Team.

An internationally experienced player, coach, and clinician, Ellis has been afforded many opportunities to travel the globe through her work in advancing the sport of field hockey. A few of her accomplishments include:

- 2002, Assistant Coach, U.S. National Team, World Cup, Perth, Australia.
- 2002, Head Coach of US U23 tour to South Africa
- 2001 Head Coach of US Jr. World Cup Team, Argentina
- 2000 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Milton Keynes, England.
- 1999 Sydney International Hockey Challenge in Australia.
- 1994, traveled with the USA National Olympic squad
- 1994, toured Canada with the under-18 USA national squad.
- 1992 to present, Instructor/ Head Coach for USFHA Futures Program

Ellis was also a member of the Australian National Indoor team for eight years, and was on the Australia National Under-21 squad. She represented her state of New South Wales for 11 years in both indoor and outdoor field hockey. In 1993, Ellis founded the Williamsburg based Colonial Field Hockey Club.

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