MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College was awarded a Tara VanDerveer Fund for the Advancement of Women in Coaching grant from the Women's Sports Foundation (WSF).
Grants were awarded to institutions to support collegiate female coaches on the rise, assisting with living expenses, professional development and mentorship. Saint Anselm was one of only 10 colleges and universities across the country to receive the grant.
The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey program was the beneficiary of the grant in 2018-19. The funds will support the career of Assistant Coach Alyssa Scott, a recent addition to the Hawks coaching staff.
"We are extremely thankful to be selected as one of the 10 programs to receive this inaugural grant this year," said Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille. "I feel strongly that we need more women in coaching and am grateful for the Women's Sports Foundation for taking a huge step in helping programs be able to hire, retain and mentor young female coaches."
Scott joined the Hawks from Southern New Hampshire University where she recently capped a successful four-year playing career with the Penmen. Additionally, Scott has served as an assistant coach with Granite State Elite, Cave Girl Field Hockey and the USA Field Hockey Futures program.
She owns a Level I and Level II coaching certification from USA Field Hockey and worked as a summer strength and conditioning intern at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning in Nashua, N.H.
On the field, Scott made 55 appearances for the Penmen and served as a team captain during her final three seasons with the Hawks' cross-town rivals. In 2018, Scott rebounded from an injury during her junior campaign and helped Southern New Hampshire set the team record for victories while qualifying for the squad's first-ever Northeast-10 Conference postseason tournament.
The Women's Sports Foundation, inspired by the legendary Stanford University women's basketball coach, created the Tara VanDerveer Fund to directly address the decline of women in coaching. The fund honors VanDerveer's legacy by providing schools with the opportunity to create fellowships for aspiring female collegiate coaches.
"This is a cause that is incredibly important to me and I will be sure to make the most of this grant and pay it forward in any way I can," concluded King-Robitaille.
The Hawks, ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches' Association poll, return to action this Saturday at 11 a.m., taking on Adelphi in Garden City, N.Y.