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- Peel Hawthorne
B.S. Physical Education, William and Mary 1980
M.Ed. Athletic Training, Virginia


Entering her 24th season on the sidelines for William and Mary, Peel Hawthorne is on the brink of tremendous personal milestones while also looking to direct her most talented and experienced team in years. Since returning to her alma mater in 1987, Hawthorne has compiled a 255-200-2 overall record (.560) and a 69-53 (.566) ledger in the Colonial Athletic Association. Including four seasons at Connecticut College, she is 286-217-5 (.568) in her coaching career, and ranks very high in several all-time and active coaching records. Entering the fall of 2010, she is eighth among active Division I coaches with 508 games coached and 10th in the same cohort with 286 wins. Among active coaches across all divisions, she is 15th in games coached and 20th in games won, and all-time in field hockey she is 21st in games coached and 28th in games won.

Hawthorne has led William and Mary to the NCAA Tournament twice, in 2000 and again in 2002. After a 12-8 regular season in 2000, the Tribe was awarded one of eight at-large berths and took No. 5 Michigan to double-overtime before falling 3-2. Two years later, another 12-8 season produced another at-large selection, and another match-up with the No. 5-ranked team (this time Maryland), and another double-overtime affair that ended 2-1 against the Tribe.

Previously voted the CAA Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2001, Hawthorne won the award for a third time in 2004 while also earning her first state coach of the year honor after leading the Tribe to a 7-0 CAA record. It was the first time in school history that W&M had gone undefeated in conference play and was the first outright regular season league title in school history. In 2003, Hawthorne shepherded the Tribe to a 6-1 league record and the Green and Gold’s first-ever share of the regular season CAA title.

She has mentored 35 players to a total of 53 all-region honors and has coached seven All-Americans, including five (Anna Davis, Kelli Duggan, Ann Ekberg, Kelly Giles and Claire Miller) in the last seven seasons. Hawthorne also was selected as the W&M Society of the Alumni Coach of the Year following the 2001-02 academic year.

In 2004 and 2005, W&M players garnered the conference’s top honor, both offensively and defensively. During the 2004 campaign, Kelly Giles became the first Tribe player to win Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year honors. Along with that distinction, Giles garnered the VaSID State Player of the Year award, also becoming the first W&M player to be bestowed that honor. In 2005, Anna Davis took home the CAA Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the conference and ranking second nationally with 11 defensive saves. As a result of that dominating performance, Davis was named in the fall of 2009 to the CAA 25th Anniversary Field Hockey team.

YearSchoolRecordConference Record
1983Connecticut College6-5-1 (.542)
1984Connecticut College6-5-1 (.542)
1985Connecticut College10-3-1 (.750)
1986Connecticut College9-4 (.692)
CC4 Seasons31-17-3 (.637)
1987William and Mary14-7 (.667)6-1 (.857)
1988William and Mary13-7 (.650)4-3 (.571)
1989William and Mary12-6 (.667)6-1 (.857)
1990William and Mary16-5-1 (.750)6-1 (.857)
1991William and Mary12-7-1 (.625)5-2 (.714)
1992William and Mary12-8 (.600)3-3 (.500)
1993William and Mary13-9 (.591)3-3 (.500)
1994William and Mary9-11 (.450)2-3 (.400)
1995William and Mary12-7 (.632)3-3 (.500)
1996William and Mary7-12 (.368)3-3 (.500)
1997William and Mary8-12 (.400)3-3 (.500)
1998William and Mary10-9 (.526)4-2 (.667)
1999William and Mary11-10 (.524)3-2 (.600)
2000William and Mary12-8 (.600)4-1 (.800)
2001William and Mary14-5 (.737)1-2 (.333)
2002William and Mary12-9 (.571)6-1 (.857)
2003William and Mary12-6 (.667)6-1 (.857)
2004William and Mary13-7 (.650)7-0 (1.000)
2005William and Mary10-11 (.467)4-4 (.500)
2006William and Mary10-9 (.526)4-4 (.500)
2007William and Mary9-10 (.474)2-6 (.250)
2008William and Mary8-13 (.381)4-4 (.500)
2009William and Mary6-12 (.333)2-6 (.250)
W&M23 Seasons255-200-2 (.560)91-59 (.607)
Total27 Seasons286-217-5 (.568)91-59 (.607)
Since W&M joined the CAA in 1991, Hawthorne’s charges have collected 94 all-conference honors, including a program-high seven honorees in both 2000 and 2001. Coupled with the nine All-South Atlantic Conference selections during Hawthorne’s first four seasons, the 23-year Tribe head coach has produced 103 all-conference performers and six Players of the Year. Since VaSID began honoring a field hockey all-state team in 2000, 20 of Hawthorne’s players have garnered the distinction, including five in 2005.

Hawthorne’s players have also enjoyed success in the classroom. In total, 26 players have received 56 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad honors since 1994. Over the last three years, the Tribe has garnered all-academic team honors every season and saw an astonishing 11 athletes earning all-academic distinction last fall. The CAA Commissioner’s List, which honors student-athletes from each school who held a 3.0 GPA while competing each season, has included 45 W&M names since 2007 and 17 in each of the past two years.

Consistently one of the top teams in the CAA and competitive regionally and nationally, the Tribe has amassed a winning record in 16 of Hawthorne’s 23 seasons at the helm, including 17 seasons of 10 or more victories. Since the CAA tournament ceased including every conference member in the 2000 season, W&M has missed the field only twice, and been seeded first or second in five of the 10 years. The CAA has sponsored field hockey as a championship sport since 1991, and in that span W&M is 12-17 in the conference tournament with appearances in the title game in 1991 and 2002.

Far and away the winningest coach in school history, Hawthorne’s 255 career victories at the College are nearly three times as many as the 86 recorded by her former mentor, Nancy Porter, who coached at the College from 1974-80. Hawthorne set the school record in 1993, as the Tribe shut out Villanova, 2-0, on October 9. Including her four years as a player from 1976 through 1979, she has either coached or played in 298 (78 percent) of the W&M field hockey program’s 383 victories since the start of the 1973 season.

The head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Connecticut College for four years before returning to W&M, Hawthorne produced three All-Americans, 15 All-New England players and six USFHA Northeast players while posting a 31-17-3 (.637) record with the Camels. As lacrosse coach, she led her teams to a 35-15-1 (.696) record and four postseason bids.

In 2005, she was a member of the W&M Athletics Task Force and was part of the NCAA Re-Certification Subcommittee on Equity and Welfare. Over the past three years, Hawthorne has also been tapped to serve on the campus-wide committees that selected the Griffin as W&M’s new mascot, as well as devised a series of new logos for the Tribe.

A member of many professional organizations, Hawthorne is in her third term as the Division I representative for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, is a current member and former Chair of the South Region for the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee, and has served as a member of the South Region All-America Selection Committee. In 2003, she was head coach for the South team at the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game.

Hawthorne holds a U.S. Field Hockey Association Level II coaching certification, was site director and head coach of several USFHA Development Camps, and is a former Head Futures Coach for eastern Virginia. She also served as a USFHA summer league volunteer coach and is the director of the Colonial Field Hockey Camp held each June at W&M. She has experience as a field hockey clinician at many levels, hosting the NFHCA Coaches Clinic at W&M, as well as participating in VHSLCA and NCAA Youth Education through Sports (YES) clinics.

Hawthorne also served for nine years on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Association and is past chair of that organization’s Sports Medicine committee. As a member of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee on Eye Safety in Sports, Hawthorne chaired the organization’s task force on women’s lacrosse. She was instrumental in establishing an ASTM manufacturing standard for protective eye wear for the sport.

A field hockey and lacrosse standout at W&M, Hawthorne graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education in 1980. In her career, the Tribe field hockey team posted a record of 52-13-7 and made two trips to the AIAW Nationals, finishing fifth in 1979. A defender, she helped the team allow just 0.92 goals per game during her career, while scoring five goals. The Tribe totaled 37 shutouts in her career, more than half the total number of games played in the span and the most in any four-year period in school history. Hawthorne was an NATA certified athletic trainer for six years and has an M.Ed. in the field from Virginia. She is a licensed pilot and has been an instrumentalist and vocalist for a contemporary Christian band for 13 years.

Hawthorne's Career Milestones
Game 100 - 10/8/89 - vs. North Carolina - L, 1-3
Win 100 - 9/13/92 - vs. Michigan - W, 3-2
Game 200 - 9/20/94 - at VCU - L, 1-2 (2OT)
Win 200 - 9/30/0 - vs. Dartmouth - W, 1-0
Game 300 - 9/24/99 - at Richmond - W, 3-0
Game 400 - 9/29/04 - at Virginia - W, 5-4
Win 250 - 10/7/05 - vs. Delaware - W, 2-1
Game 450 - 11/1/06 - at Northeastern - L, 1-4
Game 500 - 9/27/09 - vs. Northeastern - L, 1-3

Hawthorne's W&M Milestones
Game 1 - 9/12/87 - vs. Davis & Elkins - W, 3-1
Win 1 - 9/12/87 - vs. Davis & Elkins - W, 3-1
Win 50 - 10/17/90 - at Virginia - W, 1-0
Game 100 - 11/9/91 - vs. American - W, 1-0
Win 87* - 10/9/93 - vs. Villanova - W, 2-0
Win 100 - 10/29/94 - at Radford - W, 4-0
Game 150 - 9/23/94 - vs. James Madison - L, 0-5
Game 200 - 11/2/96 - vs. Princeton - L, 1-6
Win 150 - 8/26/00 - at Towson - W, 4-0
Win 200 - 8/28/04 - at Ohio - W, 3-1
Game 250 - 9/29/99 - vs. Virginia - L, 1-2 (2OT)
Game 300 - 11/3/01 - vs. James Madison - L, 1-2 (2OT)
Game 350 - 10/1/04 - vs. Drexel - W, 4-2
Game 400 - 8/25/07 - vs. Lock Haven - W, 4-2
Win 250 - 8/30/09 - at Vermont - W, 2-0
Game 450 - 10/2/09 - at Towson - W, 2-0
* Set W&M record for coaching wins

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