Sydney Bowers, Athletic Director of the Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia, was recently named the Junior Field Hockey National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) in Chandler, Arizona.

Alt TextSydney, who began her career at Hill in 1976, has long been recognized as an outstanding coach in the Washington DC area. Many of her players have gone on to lead their high school teams, and several have competed at the collegiate level.

One of them, Emma Wallace, is currently the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach at American University. A lacrosse standout at Johns Hopkins University, Emma observed, “as a Hill alumna and former player of Mrs. Bowers, I could not have been prouder of her when I heard the news that she was the recipient of the 2012 NFHCA Junior Field Hockey award. I am so happy that the spotlight that she always shines on her current and former athletes is now on her. I have known Mrs. Bowers for twenty-two years and can say that her dedication and unwavering passion for athletics have been a constant source of inspiration for my career. I can only hope to be half the coach she is.”

Treavor Lord, Hill’s Head of School, commented that “Sydney’s emphasis on encouraging all of the students to do their ‘personal best’ is central to our philosophy. She has been and continues to be successful in providing the conditions for our children to become confident and hard-working students and athletes. The school is fortunate to have Sydney leading the athletic program.”

Sydney and her husband Jack, co-chair of the math department, have two grown children, John and Lizzie, and look forward to many more years of teaching and coaching at Hill School.