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Bruton’s new field hockey coach was a late hire, joining the team less than a week before the Panthers began practicing nearly three weeks ago.
Despite her late arrival, Lisa Marston has ambitions of helping build on the foundation that former coach Joe Dougherty had set in place.
“I want to continue to build a strong program [at Bruton],” Marston said. “It’s been challenging, but its a great group of girls.”
A Williamsburg resident since the age of 3, Marston graduated from Lafayette High School in 1978, where she played field hockey for the Rams for all four years. She later went on to play one season at James Madison University, where she graduated in 1982 before getting her MBA from George Washington University in 1987.
Marston spent 23 years working for AT&T before retiring in 2005 in order to watch her three boys grow up and compete in athletics.
For nearly a year during her retirement, Marston was approached by Williamsburg Christian Academy’s Athletic Director John Perkins at the time, who wanted Marston to coach the school’s field hockey team.
Eventually, in 2008, Marston gave into Perkins’ repeated inquiries and accepted a position coaching the WCA varsity and junior varsity field hockey teams.
“He bugged me for a year,” Marston joked. “He wanted me to come on board and help their program. I love the sport of field hockey and when the time was right I accepted the offer.”
After a three-year coaching hiatus, Marston was made aware of the opening at Bruton by a former teammate when she played field hockey at Lafayette. After a quick series of talks with Bruton Athletic Director Richard Onesty, Marston was offered the position.
Three weeks into her newest coaching stint, Marston said she has already seen her girls make significant strides despite not participating in offseason conditioning.
“I think as the season progresses, I expect us to be in the postseason,” Marston said. “I plan to work with the girls and instill winning on the field and … help them believe in themselves and work through achieving their goals so they can accomplish whatever they want to do.”