Head Coach
Annie Lahey

Annie Lahey enters her seventh season as the Assumption College field hockey head coach in 2017.

In 2016, the team finished with a 10-8 overall record and a 7-5 NE10 conference record. For the third consecutive season the team made the NE10 Tournament. Three Hounds earned postseason accolades from the NE10, and two Hounds were named to the DII All-America Teams. The team also earned NFHCA All Academic Honors and placed 12 players on the NFHCA All-Academic team.
In the 2015 season, the team finished with a 14-6 record, good for second place in the Northeast-10 Conference. The team made the Northeast-10 Tournament for the second consecutive year. Five Hounds were named to All-Conference teams, three were placed on All-American teams, and one was placed on the National Rookie Team. Senior Kiley Colucci was named to the Northeast-10 First team All-Conference, was selected for the 2015 NFHCA Division II senior game, and also earned NFHCA Division II All-American honors.

In 2014, the Hounds posted a 12-7 record and advanced to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the first time over a decade. Ranked No. 9 in the final National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Poll, the team earned the No. 5 seed in the league tournament and was regionally ranked for much of the season.

Lahey has an overall career record of 28-42 at Assumption and was named as the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year. In 2014, she has three All-Conference players that included First Team selection Kiley Colucci. Colucci went on to earn NFHCA Division II Second Team All-American honors as well, the first Hound in over a decade to do so. Overall, she has coached three All-Rookie Team selections (Paige Anderson 2011, Colucci 2012 and Allison Sheahan 2014) and nine Northeast-10 All-Conference players.

Lahey has also guided her players to success not only on the field but to accolades off the field. These honors include the 2014 Francis J. Grimaldi Award (Sadie Oliver), the 2013 Albert S. Banx Memorial Award (Kathy Moffett), and Scholar of Distinction recognition (Abigail Heroth (2013, 2014 and 2015). Lahey also helped Moffett to lead the nation in defensive saves in 2012.

In 2013, Lahey coached the Hounds to a 7-11 mark overall as the team remained in playoff contention entering the final week of the season. The team posted a 4-4 record at home and won three of its final four games, including a shutout win on Senior Day.

In 2012, Lahey guided the Hounds to a seven-win turnaround as the team finished 8-10 overall and 5-5 in the Northeast-10. After a 5-5 mark at home, the Hounds finished in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league. At the end of the season, Lahey was honored as the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, as voted by her peers. The turnaround was the second-biggest turnaround in NCAA Division II in 2012. During that season the team also held the record for most fan attendance in the nation for Division II Field Hockey.

Lahey came to Assumption from Wachusett Regional High School, where she served as the program’s varsity head coach from 2005-2011. In addition, she was the school’s softball varsity head coach from 2004-2010, winning the 2010 Central Mass. Sportsmanship Award.

Her other field hockey experience includes serving as the head coach of the Worcester County United Field Hockey Program from 2006-2009, as well as working a number of camps including the Tufts Field Hockey Camp, the All-Star Field Hockey Camp in Worcester, the Holy Cross Field Hockey Camp and the Nike Field Hockey Camp.

Lahey is a 2002 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, graduating with a degree in religious studies and a concentration in women’s studies. While at Holy Cross, Lahey played softball. She also completed the Teacher Certification Program at Holy Cross. In addition, Lahey earned her Master’s in Theological Studies in 2004 from the Vanderbilt Divinity School at Vanderbilt University.

Prior to attending Holy Cross, Lahey was a standout in both field hockey and in softball during high school, attending Notre Dame Academy.

Lahey ultimately credits her family for helping her get into the realm of coaching. She has a brother, Tim, who was a former standout in basketball, baseball, and golf while at St. John’s High School. He went on to play baseball at Princeton University as well as in the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago Cubs organizations, respectively. Her father Philip was also a standout at basketball at St. John’s High and is currently one of the physicians for Holy Cross athletics and has been for over 30 years. Her grandfather, Wilfred A. Michaud, was a coach and sports official in Nashua, New Hampshire, and Pennichuck Junior High School’s gymnasium is named after him.

Lahey currently resides in Worcester, Mass.

Assistant Coach
Sarah Sparks

As a native of Old Orchard Beach, Maine she was a member of the Katahdin Field Hockey Club.

In 2013 , following her career as a three-year varsity letter winner with the Falmouth High School field hockey team, Sarah attended Merrimack College where she majored in Athletic Training and was a crucial member of the field hockey team for four years.

In her time at Merrimack, she herlped lead the program to two Division II Final Four appearances and finishing in 2015 as the National Runner-Up. Sarah earned NE10 All-Conference second team, along withNCAA All Tournament Team. She recorded 14 defensive saves in her career. Sparks was a captain of her team her senior season.