Field Hockey - Varsity
2011 New England Semifinalists
2005 Founders League Champions, 2005 New England Finalists
The varsity field hockey team has perennially been one of the top teams in New England, winning the New England tournament in 1999. In the past 14 seasons, the team has qualified for the New England tournament 9 times. The team averages 12 wins a season with only 2.5 losses. The field hockey program consistently has strong, well-balanced teams and many players choose to continue their field hockey careers at the college level. Recent graduates have played at Duke, Middlebury, Yale, Brown, Bowdoin, Princeton, and Trinity, just to name a few. The JV and thirds teams are part of the whole field hockey program. Girls who start on thirds have the opportunity to move up to JV and varsity. All three teams focus on developing the basic skills that provide the teams with consistency and which makes the program stronger year after year. Both the JV and thirds teams are often as competitive as the varsity.
Philosophy - The philosophy of the Taft field hockey program is to learn through the challenge of playing a team sport that you can do things that you did not think you could do. We constantly strive to be the best athletes, to represent Taft at the highest level of sportsmanship and ability, and to always remember that we play sports to have fun.
About Head Coach Rachael Ryan
Rachael’s interest in American government and all things political began at an early age, when she started canvassing and stuffing envelopes for various campaigns. She took the first AP American Government exam in 1988 and has taught AP American Government since 1996. She has been an AP reader since 2005, and is also a member of the American Political Science Association. Rachael is a member of the Gender Committee and the Academic Technology Committee. She is the advisor to the Model Congress program, and every year the group attends the Harvard Model Congress, where they have garnered high honors for their work.
Rachael has been co-director of athletics since 2013. She also chairs the Afternoon Program Exemption Committee and is co-chair of the Athletics Committee. Rachael has been coaching field hockey since 1994 and has been the head varsity coach at Taft since 2003. In the 2005 season, her team went undefeated in the regular season and won the Founder’s and the Western New England leagues and finished the season ranked number one in New England. She has coached both national and regional All-Americans, and many of her players have gone on to play college Division I and Division III field hockey.
Rachael, who played both field hockey and lacrosse at Georgetown University, is a member of USA Field Hockey, a certified USA Field Hockey Level One coach, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and is the president of the New England Prep School Field Hockey Association.
Prior to coming to Taft, Rachael taught and coached field hockey and lacrosse for six years at Blair Academy in New Jersey. She is married to Greg Hawes ’85 and lives on campus with their two sons, Peyton and Lachlan.
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