Varsity Field Hockey
By persevering we shall see the fruits.
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Jackie ConnardHead Coach/VAP
Germantown Academy graduate Jackie Connard enters her fifth season as Head Coach for the Patriots in 2019. Connard is a 2006 graduate of Germantown Academy where she was a member of the varsity field hockey program.
The 2018 season was very successful for GA. Under Connard's watch, the team went 15-5-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the Inter-Ac League. The team won the league title for the first time in 12 years in 2018, but fell in the PAISAA Championship to Episcopal Academy in a shootout.
During the 2017 season, the Patriots went 14-6 and lost in the finals of the PAISAA tournament. They went 6-4 in the Inter-Ac and had four players honored as All-Inter-Ac performers during the year.
In 2016, the Patriots went 14-7 and fell in the quarterfinals of the PAISAA, but finished the year strong with an 8-0 win over William Penn Charter on GA-PC Day.
Following her graduation from GA, Connard played field hockey for four years at Brown University. She earned four varsity letters, was a two-time captain of the Bears and won several team awards during her collegiate career. Connard earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2010 and was a D.W. Lyman Scholar all four years.
After completing her first year of a Master of Architecture degree at Boston Architectural College, Connard currently works as a designer at Ellen Happ Architect in Doylestown.
Connard inherited the Patriots’ field hockey program from her former coach, Ginny Hofmann 1760, who retired from coaching following a 15-9 record during the fall 2014 season.
In her first season with the Patriots, the team went 16-7, besting Hofmann's record from the year before. However, for the second straight season, the Patriots fell in the semi-finals of the PAISAA to the Episcopal Academy.
(Updated on 7/31/19)
Brooke WatsonAssistant Coach
Brooke Watson begins her 21st year as a varsity assistant coach for the Patriots. Prior to her tenure at GA, she was an assistant field hockey coach at Harvard University and Swarthmore College. She played on the collegiate level at West Chester University. During the offseason, Coach Watson is the co-director of GA Summer Program's Field Hockey Camp. She also runs the Indoor Winter Field Hockey League at GA. Coach Watson is GA's Lower School Physical Education Coordinator.
GA's varsity field hockey team plays on Oberkircher Field, a 180 x 300 feet turf field located in Sisters' Woods.
Sisters’ Woods is home to varsity field hockey, varsity girls lacrosse, and varsity girls soccer programs. It opened in the fall of 2010 when two new artificial turf fields were installed — Oberkircher Field and Jordan Field. The fields are identical in size at 180 x 300’ and each has their own scoreboard with clock and home and away scoring areas. There is a small spectator seating area next to Oberkircher Field (field closest to the walking path), while Jordan Field has a natural berm where spectators can view the contest from a short height above field level. The fields can be lined for lacrosse, soccer and/or field hockey. Goals for each of those sports are available as well. Portable restrooms are on-site for participant and spectator use. Access to the fields can be attained by parking in the Carey Stadium Lot and using the brick pathway to Sisters’ Woods, or by parking on the GA campus, crossing the Wissahickon Creek on foot to the brick pathway that leads to the fields. There is a donkey set up alongside Oberkircher Field where the scoring table and video setup can be placed. Germantown Academy has hosted many soccer and lacrosse tournaments for all ages on Sisters’ Woods.
- Two 180x300’ artificial turf fields - Oberkircher and Jordan Fields
- Electronic scoreboard on each field
- Scoring table with overhead view for video at Oberkircher Field
- Spectator seating next to Oberkircher Field
- Natural berm seating for specatators above Jordan Field
- Fields can be lined for lacrosse, soccer and/or field hockey, with goals available for each sport
- Portable restrooms
- Parking is available in the Carey Stadium Lot (200) or on the GA campus (450)