Head Field Hockey Coach Alicia Hawk Announces Resignation

Ali Hawk

WORCESTER, Mass. –  Alicia Hawk has announced her resignation as Holy Cross' head field hockey coach after two seasons at the helm of the program. Hawk is stepping down to take a teaching/coaching position at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. A national search for her replacement will begin immediately.

“We are sorry to see Ali leave us,” said director of athletics, Richard M. Regan, Jr. “She is one of our all-time Holy Cross greats in the sport of field hockey and she demonstrated a total commitment to our program as an assistant coach and ultimately the head coach of the team. While we are sorry to see her leave, we are happy that she is leaving for a great opportunity for both her and her family. We wish her the best of luck in her new career.”

Hawk has worked with the Holy Cross field hockey program since 2005. She was an assistant coach from 2005-2007 before taking over the reins as head coach in 2008. Since becoming head coach, Hawk has compiled an overall record of 11-25.

“It was a difficult decision to leave the team and my alma mater,” said Hawk. “I care deeply about the players and the program but I am confident this decision is going to be good for all of us.”

Hawk was the third head coach in program history and was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame for her standout performances as a Holy Cross student-athlete from 1995-1998.

“I've had a great experience here,” continued Hawk. “I've started my family and worked with some great colleagues. I want what is best for my family and the program and feel confident that the program will remain in good hands. I am also very excited to begin my new position at Mercersburg Academy. It's a great fit with top academic programs and competitive athletics.  My family is ready for the new setting, new opportunities and new challenges, but with the peace of mind that we will also be able to enjoy time together.” 

Hawk earned a bachelors' degree in history with a concentration in Latin American studies from Holy Cross in 1999. In 2002, she earned a masters' degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Indiana University, where she also served as a field hockey team manager.