Chrissy Needham is entering her third season as assistant field hockey coach. Needham came to UMass after spending the previous six years at Greenwich High School (Connecticut), the final two as head coach.
"I am thrilled for Chrissy to be joining the UMass Field Hockey Family," said Head Coach Justine Sowry. "With the coaching staff now complete, I will rely on Chrissy's maturity and experience to help make decisions that will impact the team and program."
In 2009, Needham, who is a USFHA Level II Certified Coach, coached the U-16 Region 2 team at the USFHA National Futures Championship. She also coached at the Connecticut Elite Field Hockey Camp, the Nike Field Hockey Camp, and the last two years at the Hockey Edge 100 Camp.
Needham is a United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Region 3 Coach and a head coach and founder of the FC United Field Hockey Club. She has also coached at the Connecticut Elite Field Hockey Camps since 1997 as well as the Circle to Circle Field Hockey Camp in 2006.
While head coach at Greenwich, Needham guided her teams to back-to-back Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class L and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) championships with a combined 42-3 record. She was named the CIAC Coach of the Year in 2005, followed by the FCIAC Coach of the Year in 2006.
Needham enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Connecticut, where she earned her Bachelor's in Mathematics in 2000. A four-time varsity letterwinner for the Huskies, Needham was also a four-time NFHCA All-Academic honoree, Big East Academic All-Star and UConn Scholar-Athlete. She earned her Masters in Education in 2001.
"Her background as a successful collegiate player at UConn coupled with her leadership at a winning high school program, Chrissy will play an integral role in bringing UMass Field Hockey back to its winning ways," Sowry said.
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