NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College head field hockey coach Cara Reese has announced her resignation from Wheaton in order to focus on more time with her family. Reese will remain a part of the coaching community, continuing her work with Lead the Way Field Hockey.
"I want to thank Cara for her dedication to Wheaton, and the field hockey program over these past six seasons," stated Wheaton College Director of Athletics Recreation, John Sutyak '00. "In her time here, Cara has continued to grow our roster with dedicated student-athletes, on and off the field, who represent Wheaton with integrity and respect. She has been a valued member of Wheaton working with our club sports student-athletes and within the student affairs division. We are excited for her as she enters the next phase of her personal and professional life."
Reese, who is the seventh head coach on record in Wheaton field hockey history, joined the Wheaton staff after seven years at Vassar College including a four-year stint as head coach.
In her six seasons at the Wheaton helm, Reese has accumulated 42 wins, which is third-most in program history. Offensively, five of Reese's six teams have made their way into the Wheaton record books for most goals scored in a single season, including 45 in 2015, which is fifth best in Wheaton history.
Reese has had four athletes earn a total of five New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors, while three student-athletes have earned four National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-New England honors.
In the classroom, Reese's teams tied the single-season program record for NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selections with seven total (2015, 2016, 2018). Overall, 21 different student-athletes garnered 33 NEWMAC All-Academic honors under Reese.
In addition, the Lyons had a program-high 17 student-athletes named to the named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad in 2014 and 2017. Reese has also had one student-athlete garner Scholars of Distinction accolades. In total, the Lyons have earned 72 NFHCA National Academic Squad honors in five seasons (2013-2017).
Reese is an NCAA Women Coaches Academy graduate and has served on the National Coach of the Year and North Atlantic Regional Ranking committees.
A national search for her replacement will begin immediately.