Holy Cross Names Ali Hawk Head Field Hockey Coach

Jan. 11, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. announced that Ali Hawk has been named head field hockey coach, after serving as an assistant the last three seasons. She replaces Meg Galligan, who served as the head coach for 23 years.

"Ali has been a part of an important Holy Cross tradition in field hockey. 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 three Patriot League tournament appearances, including last season's championship game. 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.

Hawk was a member of the Patriot League Field Hockey All-Decade Team, graduating 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 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.

"I'm excited to continue being a part of Holy Cross field hockey and my family being part of the Holy Cross family," said Hawk.