Ali Hawk
Ali Hawk
College: Holy Cross, 1999
Position: Head Coach
On January 11, 2008, Ali Hawk was named the head field hockey coach for the College of the Holy Cross, after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons. She replaced Meg Galligan, who retired after serving as the head coach for 23 years. "Ali has been a part of an important Holy Cross tradition in field hockey," said athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. "We are confident that she can build upon the foundation which has been established by coach Meg Galligan over the past 23 seasons." "Having been a student-athlete here and now an assistant coach for 3 1/2 years, Ali clearly understands what Holy Cross is all about, and that will make for a smoother transition. She has a strong work ethic and passionate about doing her best for Holy Cross field hockey," said Galligan. During her three seasons as assistant coach with the Crusaders, the team made two Patriot League tournament appearances, advancing to the championship game in both 2005 and 2006. Hawk also helped in the success of junior goalkeeper Erin Singleton, who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year two years in row (2006, 2007) and former Holy Cross standout Tara Welch who was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. "This will be new era for Holy Cross field hockey. The new coaching staff and team will be able to re-invent the program, but we will keep some of the traditions of the program since I'm am an alumnus and a former player," said Hawk. A member of the Patriot League Field Hockey All-Decade Team, Hawk graduated from Holy Cross in 1999 and was a four-year letterwinner with the Crusaders. On May 5, 2007, Hawk was inducted into the Holy Cross Hall of Fame for her standout performances as a field hockey player from 1995-1998. She is the second field hockey player to earn this honor, while she currently stands as one of only five players in Holy Cross field hockey history to total 100 points or more. In 1998, Hawk served as team captain and was named both the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She still stands as the only Holy Cross field hockey player in program history to be named as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-time regional All-American and two-time All-Patriot League selection, Hawk earned Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors as a senior and finished the season ranked in the Top 10 nationally in goals scored. Hawk led the Patriot League in scoring in both 1997 and 1998, while helping the Crusaders to back-to-back Patriot League Tournament titles and back-to-back NCAA Tournament Play-In games. Following her senior season, Hawk was selected as the team Most Valuable Player, named to the Division I North/South Senior All-Star Team, and awarded the Holy Cross Norton Prize. Hawk is currently tied for the program record for goals in a single season (19 goals in 1998), and is ranked second in program history for points in a single season (42 points in 1998). Hawk had held the record for points in a single season for almost 10 years before Tara Welch '07 recorded 46 points in 2005. In addition, Hawk is ranked fourth in program history for assists in a single season (10 assists in 1997), is tied for fifth in program history for career goals (40 career goals) and tied fourth in career assists (20 career assists), and is ranked sixth in program history for career points (100 points). Originally from Argentina, Hawk earned a degree in History with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Holy Cross in 1999. In 2002, she earned a master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Indiana University, where she also served as team manager for the field hockey team. Hawk and her husband Kent reside in Rutland, Mass., with their two children.