Cory Ward

Head Womens Field Hockey Coach

 

Cory Ward enters his 18th season as the head coach of the Fighting Scots field hockey team in the fall of 2017. Ward also served as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse program, a post he held from 2002-2006 and 2011-2014.

 

In his tenure with the field hockey program, the team has been a formidable force both in conference and regional play, compiling a 186-160 record and winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in 2001 and 2013, and giving them their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. In 2014, Gordon finished as the runner-up in the ECAC New England Championships.

 

Ward has coached two NFHCA All-American’s in Megan Benevides (2005) and Courtney Scott (2013), as well as three more who received All-New England recognition–Tambrey and Tenny Mentus, and most recently, Bailey Balmer.

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Wendy Waldron

Assistant Field Hockey Coach

 

Wendy (RedcayWaldron joined the Gordon Field Hockey staff as an assistant to Head Coach Cory Ward in the summer of 2013 .

 

A 2010 graduate of the College, Waldron was a four-year member of the field hockey team, starting all but three games in her career in the blue and white. Helping anchor the Scots’ defense, she recorded two goals and two assists total and captained the team her senior year. For her efforts she was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) First Team in 2009 and received honorable mention in 2007.

 

Waldron, who previously served as the freshmen team coach at Danvers High School, works primarily with the Scots’ defense. Wendy and her husband Dan currently reside in Stoneham, Mass.

 

 

Mindy Brown

Assistant Field Hockey Coach

 

Mindy (Fowler) Brown joined the Gordon Athletic staff as a graduate assistant in the summer of 2013 after a successful career in both the Fighting Scots’ field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs.

 

Under Head Coach Cory Ward’s guidance on the field hockey squad, Brown started every game of her four-year career, tallying seven goals and nine assists out of the Scots’ defensive midfield. Named team captain her senior year, she put a stamp on her final season by earning a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Second Team nod.

 

Having never played lacrosse before college, Brown was a three-year member of the Scots’ program and worked her way into a starting spot by her junior year, helping lead Gordon to a CCC Championship appearance in 2012. A native of Winslow, Maine, Mindy currently resides in Beverly, Mass. with her husband Jeff.

 

Sarah Shannon

Assistant Field Hockey Coach

 

A four-year veteran of Gordon College Field Hockey, Sarah returned to the program as a coach prior to the 2016 season.

 

In her time at Gordon, Sarah played in 57 games and started in 27, and was a four-time recipient of NFHCA Division III National Academic Award. She graduated from Gordon College in 2015 with a B.A. in history and minors in biblical studies and sustainable development. Sarah also spent time in Sydney, NSW playing for Mirrabooka Hockey Club as a midfielder and striker.

 

A native of Chatham, N.J., Sarah now resides in Beverly, Mass. and works for the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership at Gordon College.

 

Shannon Hicks

Assistant Field Hockey Coach

 

 

Shannon Hicks joined the Gordon Field Hockey staff in the summer of 2017 following a successful 71-game career in net for the Fighting Scots.

 

Over the course of her time in the blue and white, she recorded 453 saves and 11 shutouts to go with a .781 save percentage. She also earned a spot on the 2016 All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Second Team after finishing second in all major goalkeeping categories in the CCC. Hicks’ 2.16 goals-against-average trailed only the CCC Defensive Player of the Year, Holly Smith, as did her .783 save percentage despite seeing more shots than her counterpart.