Marian Ware Director of Physical Education and Athletics Adam Hertz announced on Monday that Hannah Allison has been named the new field hockey head coach for the Garnet. Allison replaces Lauren Fuchs, who coached the program for nine seasons.
"We're thrilled that Hannah chose to join our family," Hertz said. "She has a keen desire to lead a successful program, and her energy, enthusiasm and willingness to reach out and work with colleagues in the department will serve her well."
Allison comes to Swarthmore from Bucknell University and has experience at both the Division I and III levels. She has been an assistant coach at Bucknell since the 2015 season and helped the Bison to two Patriot League Tournament appearances and an upset win over No. 12 Albany in 2016. Prior to coaching at Bucknell, Allison coached for two seasons at Division III Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was the assistant coach in 2013 and the interim head coach in 2014. As head coach, Allison guided the team to a 10-9 record and closed out the season with a 7-3 stretch.
As a student-athlete at Penn State University, Allison started in 79 games, scored 26 goals, and played in three NCAA tournaments, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals her final two seasons. She graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a bachelor's in kinesiology.
"I am extremely excited and ready to bring my high energy and knowledge of the game to Swarthmore College," Allison says. "The way the community of Swarthmore and the College as a whole presents itself makes me already feel comfortable to be a part of the Garnet family. I hope to make a strong impact on the field hockey program, both academically and athletically."
Swarthmore Field Hockey begins the 2017 season at home on Sept. 1 against Widener University.