Coach Biography: Rachael Ryan
Rachael Ryan has been coaching field hockey since 1993. She joined the Taft faculty in 2000 and coached the JV team for three years. She became the varsity head coach in 2003. In both 2003 and 2004 Rachael guided the field hockey team to back-to-back New England Semi-Final appearances. In the 2005 season, the team finished the regular season undefeated, was named Western New England and Founder’s league champions and made it to the finals of the New England tournament. The team has qualified to compete in the New England tournament every year, and they annually finish in the top three for Western New England schools. Rachael began her field hockey career at Kingwood-Oxford School in Connecticut in the seventh grade. After graduating from Kingswood, she went on to play collegiate field hockey at Georgetown University. After graduating from Georgetown in 1992, she briefly taught and coached at The Renbrook School in Connecticut. She then moved on to a successful coaching stint at Blair Academy in New Jersey from 1994-2000, where she served first as the assistant, and then head coach in 1995. As head coach at Blair, she steered the field hockey team to the state finals three times, capturing the State Championship in 1999. Rachael simultaneously carried on an identical playing and coaching career in Lacrosse with the exception that she served at Blair Academy as head lacrosse coach from 1994-2000. Rachael has earned a level One Coaching Certification from the USA Field Hockey Association. She has also recently coached a Northeast Regional All-American, numerous Academic All-Americans and a First Team All-American. Her players annually go on to play at top DI and DIII schools. Rachael and her husband, Greg Hawes ‘85, live off campus with their two sons, Peyton and Lachlan. Rachael teaches in the History Department, coaches JV Lacrosse and serves as the 10th grade Class Dean.