Friday, June 21, 2024

Tribe Field Hockey Announces Coaching Staff Additions

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WILLIAMSBURG—  William & Mary head field hockey coach Tess Ellis announced the addition of Christina Walker and Mimi Smith to the Tribe as assistant coaches for the 2024 season.

 “I am very excited to put this staff together and welcome both Christina and Mimi to the Tribe,” Ellis said. “The level of coaching and playing experience these two bring to the program can only help us move forward to win more championships in the future.”

Walker joins the Tribe with a wealth of experience at the collegiate and international levels. Collegiately, she spent nine years as the head coach at Virginia Wesleyan University, leading the Marlins to a pair of ODAC Tournament appearances. Walker was an assistant coach at Wake Forest for six seasons, helping guide the Demon Deacons to four NCAA appearances and two national semifinals.

Internationally, Walker served as head coach for Futures site from 2008-12, while holding the position of Site Director of Futures in Winston-Salem from 2009-11. She was also invited to coach an AAU Junior Olympics team in 2015 and coached in the USAAI Team’s in Australia, England, and Scotland.

Walker was a standout goalkeeper at Maryland during her playing career, leading the Terrapins to back-to-back national championships in 2005 and 2006. In 2022, she was selected to play on the women’s USA Masters World Cup Team and won the Golden Glove Award as the top goalkeeper in the tournament.

Like Walker, Smith has extensive experience as a player both collegiately and internationally. She was an standout player at Old Dominion, highlighted by becoming the second African American to win the Honda Broderick Award for Field Hockey in 1999. She was a two-time All-American, including earning first team honors as a senior in 1998 while helping the Monarchs to the NCAA Championship. Smith was inducted to the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Smith was a fixture on the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team roster from 1999-04. She represented the U.S. at the World Cup Tournament, the Pan American Games, and the 4 Nations Tournament.

Most recently, Smith was the head coach at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore. She led the program to back-to-back Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Championships in 2022 and 2023. She also served as a director of the Black Field Hockey Network. She has volunteered with the NFHCA and was the first Black Coaches Council representative to sit on the NFHCA Board of Directors.

Last season, the Tribe won its second CAA Championship behind a 3-2 double-overtime win over Monmouth. W&M claimed a victory in the NCAA Tournament for the second time, knocking off Sacred Heart in the opening round. The Green and Gold wrapped up in the 2023 campaign at 12-9.

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