Chrissy Needham, former head coach at Kenyon College and American International College, has been named head coach of field hockey at Connecticut College.
A native of Killingworth, Conn., Needham played in two NCAA Division I final fours as a student-athlete at the University of Connecticut. She was a four-time Big East Academic All-Star and NFHCA All-Academic selection and also coached field hockey at Greenwich High School, where she was recognized as CIAC Coach of the Year.
“I would like to thank Connecticut College and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the field hockey program. I am very excited to return to my home state and to coach within the premier conference in NCAA Division III,” said Needham. “I am committed to recruiting student-athletes who believe in Connecticut College and who are excited to take advantage of everything the College has to offer. I look forward to working with the current players to raise the level of the field hockey program to new heights in NESCAC.”
Needham brings to New London seven years of collegiate coaching experience in all three NCAA divisions. She has been the the head coach at AIC for the past two seasons, coaching one All-American, a Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Year and five All-Northeast-10 performers. At Kenyon College, she led her team to a 15-11 North Coast Athletic Conference record over two seasons of action from 2010 and 2011, including a NCAC semi-final berth in 2010. As an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, she helped the team earn two NCAA Division I playoff berths.
“Chrissy brings a wealth of experience at all levels of field hockey. The depth of her recruiting network and her emphasis on the academic progress of her students will be a winning combination for our program and student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Fran Shields. “She is no stranger to winning, having won a state title as an all-state high school player and coaching Greenwich High School to two state titles in 2005 and 2006.”
Needham graduated from UConn with a Bachelor of Science in 2000 and a Master of Arts and Education in 2001. She holds a United States Field Hockey Level II Coaching Certificate and is a graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.
Needham will begin her work for Connecticut College immediately.