Jennifer Averill Inducted to NFHCA Hall of Fame
Jan. 16, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. - Wake Forest field hockey head coach Jennifer Averill was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame last week at the organization's annual convention.
Averill was joined by fellow coaches along with current and former players who came out in support.
Jennifer Averill just completed her 18th season as head coach of the Wake Forest field hockey team. Since she began in 1992, Averill has taken the program from virtually unknown to a respected national powerhouse. The Demon Deacons first entered the Top 25 in 1994 and since then the Averill has guided the squad to three national championships, three conference championships, nine NCAA semifinal appearances and was named National Coach of the Year three times.
Averill's top priority is the development of her student-athletes. Many Demon Deacons have gone on to represent the school in many facets, including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and have taken coaching positions around the country. Averill has coached two National Players of the Year and 16 First Team All-Americans.
Averill was a highly-successful player before she embarked on her coaching career. She was a four-time All-American at Northwestern. As a senior in 1987, she earned the prestigious Honda Broderick Award as the nation's best field hockey player.
Also in 1987, Averill won the Big Ten's Medal of Honor for academic excellence and the Jesse Owens Award as the conference's best athlete. In 1989, Averill was honored by Northwestern as the university's Female Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s.
Averill competed in two Final Fours as a Wildcat and from 1983 to 1987 and played on the U.S. National Team. She was inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame in September of 1996.
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