Camp Director
Tess Ellis

Tess Ellis is beginning her 20th year as a William and Mary coach and third as head coach after being promoted just prior to the 2013 season. Ellis rejoined the Tribe for the third time in the spring of 2010 and was elevated to Associate Head Coach in May of 2011.

In just two years, Ellis has established herself as one of the brightest coaching lights in the CAA, winning a share of Coach of the Year honors in both of her first two seasons. She is just the third coach in league history to be named Coach of the Year more than once, joining former W&M coach and friend Peel Hawthorne '80 as well as long-time ODU mentor Beth Anders; and Ellis is one of just two coaches (along with Anders) to ever win Coach of the Year accolades in consecutive seasons.

In 2013, her first season, Ellis led the Tribe into the CAA Tournament thanks to a double-overtime win against Hofstra in the regular-season finale. That 2013 year also saw W&M go on the road and deliver the biggest upset of the season, downing No. 5 Virginia 2-1 in regulation. At year's end, senior Taylor Hodge was named first-team All-CAA, CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Hodge was also chosen by the W&M Kinsiology department as its most distinguished graduating senior in 2013-14.

2014 saw the Tribe endure some trials early, losing captain Jesse Ebner for the first half of the season with an injury five minutes into the season opener, but the Green and Gold bounced back strong and played for the CAA regular-season title in the very last game of the year. Ebner's return and the maturation of several freshmen led to a swing of almost three goals a game over the second half of the year, and junior Pippin Saunders rode a career year to her second-straight first-team All-CAA nod. Fellow Australian Emma Clifton was also picked to the league's top squad, after breaking W&M's long-standing career assists record. In the summer of 2015, another sign of the growing regard for the Tribe was when six underclassmen were selected to the NFHCA Futures regional development program. Five progressed to the National Futures Championship, and one, Erin Menges, was invited to try out for the U-21 national team at its selection camp.

Ellis previously served at W&M for eight years as first assistant from 1993-2000, and another six years as volunteer assistant coach from 2003-08. From 2000-2003, Ellis served as the head coach of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Under-21 and Under-23 National teams, as well as coaching the U.S. in the 2001 Junior World Cup and as an assistant coach with the National Senior team. During her time with the national Olympic program, Tess helped Head Coach Tracey Belbin develop the first Olympic residency program in Virginia Beach. Her duties with the program included daily training programs for both field players and goalies, and she had the privilege to train legendary U.S. keepers Peggy Storrar and Amy Tran.

An internationally experienced player, coach, and clinician, Ellis has been afforded many opportunities to travel the globe through her work in advancing the sport of field hockey. Other accomplishments over the years include training and traveling with the U.S. Olympic Team in the run up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, as well as coaching many junior travel teams. Tess has also served in a coaching and directors role for many U.S. development camps and in the USFHA Futures program.

Ellis was also a member of the Australian National Indoor team for eight years, and was on the Australia National Under-21 squad. She represented her state of New South Wales for 11 years in both indoor and outdoor field hockey. In 1993, Ellis founded the Williamsburg-based Colonial Field Hockey Club.

Assistant Coach
Mark Egner

Mark Egner is beginning his first year as an assistant with the Tribe field hockey team, after spending the past two years on the other side of the state at Longwood. Egner's responsibilities will include assisting Ellis with all areas of coaching, recruiting, and administration of W&M's nationally-recognized field hockey program.

Egner comes to Williamsburg with five years of coaching experience, including the past two across the state at Longwood University. With the Lancers, he was responsible for assisting with all program aspects including practice, academics, recruiting, and clinics. He helped Longwood improve its defense into the nation's top 50 last fall, and recruited Longwood's top overall female rookie of the year for 2014-15. He has served as a clinician and camp staff for field hockey camps both in Europe and in the U.S. since 2008, including at VCU, North Carolina, Princeton, W&M, and Longwood.

Egner has also worked for USA Field Hockey for the past two years, serving as coach, site director, and selector for the Futures program in the state of Virginia. That includes working with several levels of athletes in the high school and collegiate ranks, identifying and training athletes who are the path to joining Team USA squads.

Prior to coming across the pond to coach in the U.S., Egner spent four years as a coach in his native Ireland. He was an assistant coach and video coordinator with the Irish Hockey Association's U-18 and Senior National teams in 2012, before becoming the head coach at the Fermoy Hockey Club. Egner also served turns as head and assistant coach of the U18 women's program for the Munster Hockey Association in Munster, Ireland, selecting and training 18-20 athletes each year for the national team selection tournament.

Egner earned his Bachelor's of Education from the Church of Ireland College of Education in 2009, and completed the same degree with Honors the following year at Trinity College Dublin. In 2015, he coached a U-19 team from the Richmond area to third place at the National Indoor Championships, and led Railway Union to the Irish Junior Cup title in 2011. Egner was also nominated for the Irish Hockey Association's "Coach of the Year" in 2013.

Wesley Drew: U.S. National Indoor Team member, former assistant coach at W&M, current assistant coach at Rutgers, W&M '10
Kelly McQuade: Former Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University, W&M '03 
Michelle Marks: Head Coach, LaSalle University, Syracuse '03 
Iain Byers: Head Coach, Longwood University, Canterbury Christ Church University College '01 
Gina Lucido: Head Coach, University of Richmond, Ball State '95 
Julia Zoolkowski: Head Coach, Slippery Rock University, W&M '02 
Ginny Sutton Turner: Head Coach Davidson College, William and Mary '05 
Don Warner: Head Coach, St. Catherine's School, U.S. Coaching Staff 
Jill Reeve: Head Coach, Brown University, U.S. National Team, '96 Olympian 
Katie Ridd: Assistant Coach, American University, Wake Forest '04 
Kristen McCann: Former U.S. Women's National Team, former W&M assistant, Co-founder of Focus Field Hockey, UNC '01 
Quan Nim Anderson: Former W&M assistant, Co-founder of Focus Field Hockey, Iowa '98 Jordan Steele: Former Assistant Coach, Stanford University, W&M '03 
Mary Beth Freeman: Head Coach, Columbia University, Old Dominion '03 
Shannon Karl: Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University, William and Mary '04 
Jodi Murphy: Head Coach, Liberty University, Richmond '07 
Jackie Pereira: 3 time Olympian, 2 Olympic Gold Medals (Australia) Former Assistant at W &M 
Jesse Larson '04 - Present - U.S. Men's National Indoor Team, Spark Field Hockey Club, Former men's Head Coach at St. Andrew's University