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Tara Hannaford enters her eighth season as head lacrosse coach at George Washington in 2015, and during her tenure she has turned the program into a top contender in the Atlantic 10.
Throughout 2014, the Colonials went 7-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The squad posted an overall mark of 6-4 on its home turf, highlighted by opening home action with a 3-0 record. Coach Hannaford's squad recorded two 20-plus goal games with a 24-7 season-opening win over Howard and a 21-10 victory over Liberty, both at home. At the end of the season, seven of Coach Hannaford's players received A-10 postseason awards for the second straight year.
In 2013, GW posted an overall record of 9-8 and earned a bid to the conference championship in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. The Colonials - who competed against four nationally ranked opponents throughout the year - also saw seven players earn spots on A-10 All-Conference postseason teams, marking the most since 2007. During her fifth season at the helm of the program, Coach Hannaford led her squad to its fourth-ever appearance in the A-10 Championship and first since the 2009 season. GW closed out 2012 with a 10-7 overall record, marking the most wins in a season since 2007.
Under Coach Hannaford's direction, 2012 graduate Sarah Phillips transformed into arguably one of the best players in program history. An A-10 All-Conference selection all four years, Phillips was named conference Rookie of the Year during Coach Hannaford's third season in 2009. GW's all-time assists and points leader, in addition to becoming the program's single-season points leader, Phillips was awarded the Lynn George Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete award in the spring of 2012. Under Coach Hannaford's guidance Phillips and classmate Megan Seidman became the first-ever pair of teammates to have both scored 100 career goals.
In addition to Coach Hannaford's success on the lacrosse field, her team has been honored as an NCAA Division I Academic Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association for seven straight years. Additionally, Terasa Vassallo ('14) capped her career with the university's prestigious Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of seniors in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in addition to earning GW's Senior Female Scholar-Athlete award.
Coach Hannaford is the third head coach in the 13-year history of the GW lacrosse program and owns a career record of 40-60. She came to the District after serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the College of William and Mary for three seasons. The Tribe posted a 21-28 overall record during Coach Hannaford's tenure and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals, in addition to peaking at No. 13 in the STX/USILA Top 20 national rankings in 2006.
Prior to her hire at W&M, Coach Hannaford was the Assistant Director of Athletics and women's lacrosse and water polo coach at the Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif., for two years. While at Cate, Coach Hannaford also was the national tournament coach for the Pacific Regional Lacrosse club.
A four-year letterwinner at William and Mary from 1998-2001, Coach Hannaford ranks sixth all-time in program history with 116 career goals and 10th with 141 career points. A two-time All-CAA selection, Coach Hannaford scored 42 goals and earned third team All-America honors as a senior in 2001, leading the Tribe to a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a Top 20 national ranking.
Coach Hannaford earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from W&M in 2001 and completed her master's in athletic administration and sports management from Indiana University in August 2002.
Colonials Under Hannaford Year Overall A-10 Note 2008 5-11 3-4 2009 5-12 4-3 A-10 Championship appearance 2010 5-11 3-4 2011 6-11 3-4 2012 10-7 4-3 A-10 Championship appearance 2013 9-8 4-3 A-10 Championship appearance 2014 7-9 3-4 TOTALS 47-69 24-25
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