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W&M Head Field Hockey Coach Peel Hawthorne Inducted Into St. Catherine's School Hall of Fame
Updated: Sunday 02/14/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary head field hockey coach Peel Hawthorne '80 was inducted into the St. Catherine's School Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, as part of the inaugural class of six individuals and one team.  Hawthorne, a 1975 graduate of the Richmond, Virginia prep school, lettered in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse before coming to William & Mary as a student-athlete in 1976.

Hawthorne completed her 25th season as the Tribe mentor in the fall of 2011, helping lead the College to wins in six of its first seven games and an upset of No. 20 Northeastern.  Overall, she has 296 wins in her coaching career (including 31 wins at Connecticut College.)  Of the 393 W&M victories recorded since 1973, Hawthorne has been involved with 308 as either a player or a coach. 

Her coaching achievements include winning three CAA Coach of the Year awards and the 2004 CAA regular season Championship. As a defender during her playing career, Hawthorne helped the Tribe register 37 shutouts in 72 games; her teams qualified twice for the AIAW National Championships finishing eighth in 1976 and fifth in 1979.  As a lacrosse player, Hawthorne netted 105 career goals and helped the Tribe finish fifth at the 1979 AIAW National Championships.  She led the lacrosse programs at Williams College and Connecticut College before returning to her alma mater, where she assisted legendary W&M coach Feffie Barnhill for nine seasons (1988-1996.)

Hawthorne's achievements reach well beyond Williamsburg as she has served in national organizing bodies for many years.  She is currently in her third term as the Division I Representative for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and has coached at, directed or selected at numerous regional and national USFHA programs.  She has completed multiple terms as a member of the South Region NCAA Advisory Committee and is a former member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee.

In addition to her work in field hockey, Hawthorne also served on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association for nine years.  As chair of the Sports Medicine Committee, she organized and conducted injury related research and equipment testing as the organization fought to keep helmets out of the game.  Hawthorne joined the American Society for Testing and Materials and was instrumental in establishing the ASTM manufacturing standard for protective eyewear for women's lacrosse.

On campus, Hawthorne served on W&M's 2005 Athletics Task Force as well as the NCAA Re-Certification Committee.  As a member of the Logo and Mascot committees, she helped select the Griffin as the Tribe's new mascot, and helped in the design and selection of new logos for the College's use as a whole.  In the summer of 2011, she was elected to the College's Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly governing board, the first coach ever so honored.  Hawthorne is also actively involved in the planning and organization of W&M's annual Celebration of Women's Athletics.

In December, Hawthorne traveled to Denver, Colorado as a member of the 25th class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, an intensive 5-day course for women coaches from all sports and divisions.  While there, her peers voted her to receive the "Judy Sweet Award," which was named after the co-founder the Academy and the only female President of the NCAA.   The award recognizes a member of the class who "demonstrates a spirit and willingness to share; lives with integrity and perspective for her own and other's personal and professional success; and has made an impact on fellow class members."

Along with Hawthorne, the inaugural St. Catherine's School Athletic Hall of Fame class includes Fanny Graves Crenshaw (Class of 1908), Anne Blackmon Whitfield Kenny (1951), Mary Blair Farinholt Denious (1982), Kay Livick Milne (1999), Natalie Kerns Martirosian (2001), and the 1999 Varsity Track and Field Team.  St. Catherine's is the oldest all-girls school in Richmond, where it has been teaching young women since 1890.  In addition to Hawthorne, the school's alumnae currently on Tribe rosters include lacrosse player Maggie Anderson '11, field hockey's Chaney Manganello '14, golf's Kristine Rohrbaugh '12, and track and field's Sarah Katz '15.

"I am so honored to be included in this inaugural Hall of Fame class at St Catherine’s," said Hawthorne upon induction.  "The commitment, leadership, and accomplishments of all of us are testament to the women who went before us. They were the ones who broke the barriers and made it possible for us to follow our dreams."

"St. Catherine’s gave us the opportunity to explore our talents and discover our passions.  I was so fortunate to have continued my athletic career at William & Mary where I had an incredibly positive experience as a student-athlete.  My teammates, coaches and administrators from W&M remain my friends, my advocates and my mentors, and for that I am extremely grateful.  My goal as a coach is to pass on this legacy to my players.  I not only want them to be great hockey players, but great people as they pursue their goals of academic and athletic excellence."

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