Tribe Field Hockey Alumnae Earn Coach of the Year Honors
WILLIAMSBURG - Two of William and Mary's field hockey alumnae were honored for outstanding coaching success recently, as Kelly McQuade '04 and Ginny Sutton Turner '05 were each named Coach of the Year by their respective leagues. Both are in their fourth year leading their schools, McQuade at Virginia Commonwealth and Turner at Davidson.
"I'm so proud of these two - Ginny and Kelly have both transformed their programs into conference contenders," said Tribe head coach Peel Hawthorne '80. "I've been watching their steady progression over the past few of years, and you can see positive changes taking place every semester. After serving as assistant coaches for a relatively short time, both became head coaches at a very young age and ran with it! They have each worked hard to bring their teams up to their standards.
Their success is a reflection of their passion for the sport, their understanding of teamwork and their tireless efforts to develop their programs. They are doing a great job with recruiting both talented student-athletes and staff: Shannon Karl '06 has assisted at VCU since Kelly took the helm, and Becky Van Zee '07 assisted for two years at Davidson before returning to a teaching job in England."
McQuade led the VCU Rams to the Colonial Athletic Tournament this season for the first time since 2003, and orchestrated a 13-6 record that stands as the Ram's second-most wins in school history. VCU improved five wins over last year's total, and handily beat the preseason prediction of an eighth-place finish. Assisted by Shannon Karl '06, McQuade's team produced five all-conference honorees including the CAA Rookie of the Year.
Turner was selected as the NorPac Coach of the Year after leading Davidson to its second East Division title of the past four seasons. The Wildcats are 14-7 on the year, and will play in the league's third-place game on Saturday after falling in penalty strokes to California in the semifinals Friday evening. Turner's team had five of the division's top-10 scorers, and set a school record with 56 goals in the regular season. Five players earned post-season accolades, including both the Offensive- and Overall Player of the Year in the East Division.