Chrissy Needham, former head coach at Kenyon College and American International College, enters her second season as the head coach of field hockey at Connecticut College.
In her first season at the helm, Needham helped lead the improved Camels to key conference victories against Bates College and Wesleyan that enabled the Camels to finish in a three-way tie for eighth place before tie-breaking procedures were applied.
Heidi Halsted, center midfielder from Mill Valley, Calif. was honored on the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-New England West Region Second Team.
The Camels were also honored with the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Team Award. This award is presented to teams who achieve a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester each season.
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.
Needham arrived to New London with seven years of collegiate coaching experience that covered all three NCAA divisions. She was the head coach at AIC for the 2012 and 2013 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.
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.