WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Zowie Tucker as its new head field hockey coach, as announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Tucker becomes the fourth head coach in the history of the Crusader field hockey program.
"We have high hopes for the field hockey program and we think that Zowie Tucker is the ideal candidate to achieve those aspirations," said Regan. "She has great experience as a coach on the collegiate level, and at the international level as well. She was a great player at the University of Massachusetts and the fact that she is a former goalie is an added bonus. She will definitely bring a unique perspective that we have never had at Holy Cross. We are excited to have her lead our program."
Tucker joins the Crusaders after spending the last nine seasons on the coaching staff at Northeastern University, including four years as the associate head coach. She worked extensively with the team's defensive unit and goalies during her time with the Huskies, as the team posted a 120-74 record with 52 shutouts over the last nine years.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Holy Cross community and lead the field hockey program," said Tucker. "I hope to contribute to the tradition and success of the athletic department, and look forward to working with talented student-athletes while helping them fulfill a positive collegiate experience. I would like to thank Northeastern University for all their support throughout the years, and the leadership at Holy Cross for their encouragement and belief in my ability to direct the field hockey program."
In 2002, Tucker's defense posted one of the best seasons in Northeastern history, allowing only 17 goals in 23 games, good for an 0.71 goals against average, as the Huskies won the America East Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
One of Tucker's star goalies was Diana Nelson, who started on back-to-back America East championship teams in 2003 and 2004. Under Tucker's guidance, Nelson went 36-10 with a 1.08 goals against average, a .779 save percentage and 17 shutouts. Tucker also coached five student-athletes who won conference Defensive Player of the Year honors for Northeastern, in Kelly Williams (2001), Fior Arrindell (2002), Leigh Shea (2003), Lauren Edelmeier (2004) and Suzanne Hazelzet (2007).
In addition to her duties with Northeastern, Tucker has also been an administrator and coach for U.S. field hockey at the Elite Performance and Training Center for New England. She has worked at the futures level and with the U.S. junior national team, coaching at the under-19 and under-21 junior national camp from 2006-2008. Most recently, she served as an assistant coach of the under-21 team that won gold at the 2008 junior Pan-American games.
Tucker had a standout career as a goalie at the University of Massachusetts, earning All-Atlantic 10 honors three times. As a senior, she was a second-team All-American, leading UMass to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. In her final campaign, Tucker had a 19-4 record, 11 shutouts and an 0.66 goals against average. For her career, Tucker posted a 59-30 record with a 1.29 goals against average and 24 shutouts. After graduating from Massachusetts in 2000 with a degree in sport management, she was a volunteer assistant coach for the Mount Holyoke College field hockey team, directing the defensive unit and overseeing the goalkeepers.
As a player, Tucker competed for Wales at the senior national level, traveling the world to play in international competitions. She also represented Great Britain as part of the Junior Olympic program. In addition, Tucker won nine national league titles and was a repeat Welsh Cup champion, playing with the leading women's club team, Swansea. She played in the European Club Championship from 1993-1997.
Tucker completed a master's degree in sports leadership at Northeastern in May of 2009.