Gordon College

Gordon College Athletics
255 Grapevine Road Wenham, MA 01984
Division 3 Massachusetts Northeast
Private Small National competitor

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Jane Ward

Jane (Dietrich) Ward was named head coach of Gordon women's lacrosse program October 2016.


In her two seasons as head coach, Ward has led the Fighting Scots to a 16-20 overall record and two appearances in the CCC tournament. The 2016 team advanced to the semifinals where they fell to eventual Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Endicott. She has coached five athletes that received All-CCC honors, including three All-CCC First Team honorees in Katelyn Dyer, Melanie Dwyer, and Olivia McCarrick during the 2017 season. Dyer was also named CCC Rookie of the Year.


Ward served as interim head coach following the departure of Regan Denham after her two years on the job in August 2016 before being named full-time head coach.


She was was also an assistant coach during the 2015-16 academic year, helping the Fighting Scots to a playoff appearance in 2016.


Prior to coaching at Gordon, Ward was the assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Nyack College, an NCAA Division II program in New York, for the 2014-15 academic year. The Warriors won their most games in program history during her time there.


Ward graduated from Gordon with a B.A. in visual arts in May 2014 and played three seasons for the Fighting Scots from 2012-14. Her efforts on attack and in the midfield helped Gordon to an appearance in the 2012 CCC title game. Ward also received All-CCC Academic Team accolades twice during her collegiate career.


In addition to lacrosse, Ward was a member of the Gordon Women's soccer team for two seasons (2012, 2013). She spent her freshman year at Westmont College where she was a member of the Warriors NAIA Track & Field program, helping break the standing school record in the 4x100 in one season.


Ward is married to former men's lacrosse standout Hunter Ward '16.

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Jackie Hoover

Jackie Hoover enters her first season as an assistant coach for the 2018 season.


Prior to coaching at Gordon, Hoover was the graduate assistant and assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Nyack College, an NCAA Division II program in New York, from 2015 to 2017.


Hoover was the head coach for Elizabethtown (Pa.) High School in 2014. She started working at the school as an assistant coach in 2012 where the inaugural team made their first debut in the league championship, losing in semifinals.


Hoover began her coaching career with coaching club, recreational and fiddlesticks (K-3 grade).


Hoover graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in psychology and sociology in May 2013 and played two seasons for the Flying Dutchman from 2009 - 2011. During the Flying Dutchman’s inaugural season in 2010, Hoover started on defense and racked up 33 ground balls (second best on the team). Her efforts on defense helped LVC make an appearance in playoffs in 2011.


In addition to lacrosse, Hoover spent her junior year in New Zealand studying abroad and served in the local church as the Youth Director.


Hoover also serves as the Vice President for Lax4Life, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for suicide prevention geared toward adolescent and young adult suicide. As a national lacrosse campaign Lax4Life continues to grow as it provides support and information on this issue. Follow the link below for more information or to learn how to provide support: http://www.lax-4-life.org/

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