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GW vs. Drexel (2.13.2013) photo by: Mitchell Layton
Tara Hannaford is in her sixth season as head women's lacrosse coach at George Washington. During her fifth season at the helm of the Colonials, she led her squad to its fourth-ever appearance in the Atlantic 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 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 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 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 Hannaford's success on the lacrosse field, her team has been honored as a NCAA Division I Academic Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association for six straight years.
Hannaford is the third head coach in the 10-year history of the GW lacrosse program. 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 Hannaford's tenure and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals and peaked at No. 13 in the STX/USILA Top 20 national rankings in 2006.
Prior to her hire at W&M, Hannaford was the Assistant Director of Athletics and women's lacrosse and water polo coach at the Cate School in Carpinteria, CA, for two years. While at Cate, Hannaford also was the national tournament coach for the Pacific Regional Lacrosse club.
A four-year letterwinner at William and Mary from 1998-2001, Hannaford ranks sixth all-time in program history with 116 career goals and 10th with 141 career points. A two-time All-CAA selection, 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.
Hannaford earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from W&M in 2001 and completed her master's in athletic administration/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 TOTALS 31-52 17-18