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Peel Hawthorne
Position: Head Coach
City/State: Williamsburg, Va.
Alma Mater: William and Mary
Graduating Year: 1980
Major: Physical Education
Experience: 26 Years
Phone: (757) 221-3360
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Peel Hawthorne Bio
Release: 01/13/2011
After 26 years as the head field hockey at William and Mary, Peel Hawthorne began 2013-14 by moving off the field and into the Tribe Administration, being named the Associate Athletics Director for Student Services/Senior Woman Administrator.

Hawthorne will have responsibilities with each of the Tribe’s Olympic Sports programs, Academic Services, Compliance, and Student Support.  The move will key the start of a general departmental restructuring which will result in a more efficient distribution of administrative responsibilities.

One of the most successful coaches in the history of Division I field hockey, Hawthorne ranks highly among active and all-time coaches in victories, games coached, and tenure.  She is the fifth-longest tenured active head coach in Division I, and one of just seven coaches all-time to reach 30 seasons.  In terms of wins, her 306 victories made her just the 13th coach in Division I to surpass 300 wins, and she ranks 10th among all active coaches.  Between W&M and four years at Connecticut College, Hawthorne has coached 563 matches, eighth-most among active coaches in the nation's highest classification and 10th-most ever.

The 2012 season marked a new chapter in the celebrated history of Tribe field hockey, beginning with five-straight wins to open the year.  The first match saw captain Christine Johnson tie the school-record with four goals in a 5-1 win at Davidson, and three matches later the College downed Liberty 3-0 to give Hawthorne her 300th career victory.  As the season progressed and more wins piled up, including a 1-0 upset of No. 11 Boston University, the Tribe spent a month in the national rankings, and reached the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Johnson was rewarded at season's end with a spot on the All-CAA second team and all-state first-team, while fellow captain Maria Caro was named first-team all-conference, second-team all-region and all-state, and was chosen to participate in the NFHCA Senior Game.  Freshman Pippin Saunders came on strong at the end of the year to finish with a team-leading eight goals and six assists, the most points scored by a Tribe rookie since 1980, and was named second-team all-state as well as to the CAA all-freshman team.  As a team, the Tribe's 7.26 points per game was the third-most ever, and the 44 total assists broke the school-record of 41 that had stood since 1990.

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 36 players to a total of 54 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 10 seasons. Hawthorne also was selected as the W&M Society of the Alumni Coach of the Year following the 2000-01 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.

Since W&M joined the CAA in 1991, Hawthorne’s charges have collected 103 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 26-year Tribe head coach has produced 112 all-conference performers and six Players of the Year. Since VaSID began honoring a field hockey all-state team in 2000, 27 of Hawthorne’s players have garnered the distinction, including five in 2005 and four in 2012.

Hawthorne’s players have also enjoyed success in the classroom. In total, 31 players have received 72 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad honors since 1994. Over the last four years, the Tribe has garnered all-academic team honors every season and saw an astonishing 11 athletes earning all-academic distinction in 2009 and 10 in 2010. The CAA Commissioner’s List, which honors student-athletes from each school who held a 3.2 GPA while competing each season, has included 69 W&M names since 2007 and 17 in both 2008 and 2009. Twice in the past three years, the NCAA has included the field hockey team in its APR Public Recognition Awards for having an APR score in the top-10 percent of all field hockey programs nationally.

Historically one of the top teams in the CAA and competitive regionally and nationally, the Tribe has amassed a winning record in 17 of Hawthorne’s 26 seasons at the helm, including 18 seasons of 10 or more victories. Since the CAA tournament ceased including every conference member in the 2000 season, W&M has made the field nine times, and been seeded first or second in five of the 13 years. The CAA has sponsored field hockey as a championship sport since 1991, and in that span W&M is 12-18 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 275 career victories at the College are 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 318 (79 percent) of the W&M field hockey program’s 403 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 31-17-4 (.635) record with the Camels. As lacrosse coach, she led her teams to a 35-15-1 (.696) record and four postseason bids.

Hawthorne's contributions to the campus community have reached far beyond the confines of the field, as she has served on numerous committees and in several leadership roles across campus.  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.  In the summer of 2011, she was elected to the College's Professionals & Professional Faculty Assembly (PPFA) for a three-year term.  Hawthorne is the first coach to be elected to the PPFA governing committee.  She is also actively involved in the planning and organizing for W&M's annual Celebration of Women's Athletics.

A member of many professional organizations, Hawthorne has served three terms as the Division I representative for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, is a 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.  In December of 2011, she was voted the "Judy Sweet Award" by her peers at the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, in recognition of her ability to "demonstrate 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."  That honor was followed two months later with induction into the St. Catherine's School Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class.

Hawthorne holds a U.S. Field Hockey Association Level II coaching certification, and has been recommended to the Level III certification program.  She was site director and head coach of several USFHA Development Camps, and is a former Head Futures Coach for eastern Virginia. Hawthorne 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 clinics.  In the summer of 2011, Hawthorne coached at the USA Field Hockey FDIC camp and served as a selector for the National Futures Championship.  She is also a perennial selector for the Futures program in Region 8.

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 14 years.

YearSchoolRecordConference Record
1983 Connecticut College 6-5-2 (.538)  
1984 Connecticut College 6-5-1 (.542)  
1985 Connecticut College 10-3-1 (.750)  
1986 Connecticut College 9-4 (.692)  
CC4 Seasons31-17-4 (.635) 
1987 William and Mary 14-7 (.667) 6-1 (.857)
1988 William and Mary 13-7 (.650) 4-3 (.571)
1989 William and Mary 12-6 (.667) 6-1 (.857)
1990 William and Mary 16-5-1 (.750) 6-1 (.857)
1991 William and Mary 12-7-1 (.625) 5-2 (.714)
1992 William and Mary 12-8 (.600) 3-3 (.500)
1993 William and Mary 13-9 (.591) 3-3 (.500)
1994 William and Mary 9-11 (.450) 2-3 (.400)
1995 William and Mary 12-7 (.632) 3-3 (.500)
1996 William and Mary 7-12 (.368) 3-3 (.500)
1997 William and Mary 8-12 (.400) 3-3 (.500)
1998 William and Mary 10-9 (.526) 4-2 (.667)
1999 William and Mary 11-10 (.524) 3-2 (.600)
2000 William and Mary 12-8 (.600) 4-1 (.800)
2001 William and Mary 14-5 (.737) 1-2 (.333)
2002 William and Mary 12-9 (.571) 6-1 (.857)
2003 William and Mary 12-6 (.667) 6-1 (.857)
2004 William and Mary 13-7 (.650) 7-0 (1.000)
2005 William and Mary 10-11 (.467) 4-4 (.500)
2006 William and Mary 10-9 (.526) 4-4 (.500)
2007 William and Mary 9-10 (.474) 2-6 (.250)
2008 William and Mary 8-13 (.381) 4-4 (.500)
2009 William and Mary 6-12 (.333) 2-6 (.250)
2010 William and Mary 4-14 (.222) 2-6 (.250)
2011 William and Mary 6-11 (.353) 1-7 (.125)
2012 William and Mary 10-9 (.523) 3-4 (.429)
W&M26 Seasons275-234-2 (.540)97-76 (.561)
Total30 Seasons306-251-6 (.549)97-76 (.561)

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 500 - 9/27/09 - vs. Northeastern - L, 1-3
Win 300 - 9/2/12 - at Liberty - W, 3-0

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 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 300 - 11/3/01 - vs. James Madison - L, 1-2 (2OT) 
Game 400 - 8/25/07 - vs. Lock Haven - W, 4-2 
Win 250 - 8/30/09 - at Vermont - W, 2-0 
Game 500 - 9/16/12 - vs Miami - W, 2-1
* Set W&M record for coaching wins
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