Please welcome Jane DeGrenier as ESD's next program leader and head varsity coach for field hockey. She will also serve as the Sports Fellowship Coordinator, as well as a Middle School PE Teacher/Advisor.
"Throughout our search, Jane distinguished herself among an exceptional group of candidates as an authentic and accomplished leader," said Director of Athletics Dan Gill. "Her commitment to and vision for the development of our program were palpable, as was her humility, passion, and enthusiasm."
For 33 years, Coach DeGrenier has led field hockey programs in the Northeast. She comes to ESD from the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, where she has been coaching for the last 26 years. During her time at the Cathedral School, Jane’s teams have amassed almost 300 victories, and she was named the All-Met Coach of the Year in 2007. Jane’s other coaching stops have included University of Maryland(DI), Hollins College(DIII), University of Richmond(DI), and Oswego State University (DIII). While serving as the Director of Operations for Maryland’s field hockey program in 2011, the team captured the NCAA DI National Championship.
Coach DeGrenier has also been very active on the developmental and club circuits, beginning with the Southeast Storm Field Hockey Club, a team she started in 1998 that has competed in the National Field Hockey Festival, Disney Showcase, and National Indoor Tournament among other top competitions. Jane also spent four years as the DC/Maryland/Delaware Regional Coaching Director for United States Field Hockey Association Futures Program, which prepared elite players for the Olympic pipeline.
During her competitive career, Jane was a two-sport athlete at Ithaca College in New York. She was a part of NCAA Division III National Championship team during her first collegiate season, and was named team MVP and All-State during her senior season. As a member of the lacrosse team, Jane was named to the All-State team during her last two seasons. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Coaching from Ithaca College and a Master of Sports Management from the University of Richmond.
Coach DeGrenier looks forward to building upon the strong program led by Coach Ashlyn Hudson, who will be moving on to other professional opportunities after nine seasons with the field hockey program both as the program director and as an assistant.
"On behalf of our entire athletic department, we are excited to welcome Jane and her family to the ESD community," continued Gill. “Jane has an impeccable reputation nationally for her tremendous contributions to the sport and I am fully confident in her ability to continue progressing our program forward."