GILBERT, Ariz. — As a result of the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) election, Julie Ryan will assume the role of NFHCA president. Her two-year term will begin immediately.

Ryan is currently the head coach at Babson College, where she has led the Beavers for the last 13 seasons. Before this six-time New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Coach of the Year arrived in Babson Park, Massachusetts, she was an assistant coach at Boston College, Springfield College, and Yale University. In addition to her work at Babson, Ryan also operates the Milton Youth Field Hockey Program.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead the NFHCA as the next president,” said Ryan. “I look forward to working with our outstanding Executive Board to bring thoughtful opportunities for personal growth, sport development, and new initiatives to our membership. It is an exciting time for our organization as we reestablish our vision and mission and I am ready to hit the ground running.”

Prior to her election to the NFHCA presidency, Ryan served two two-year terms as the NFHCA’s first vice-president. In that capacity, Ryan chaired the Awards and Hall of Fame Committee. Ryan was central in implementing the NFHCA’s newest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, which to date has recognized Sharon E. Taylor and Nancy Cox for their contributions to our sport.

Ryan also served two years on the NFHCA’s Coach of the Year committee, two years on the NFHCA Senior Game selection committee, and four years on the NCAA’s Regional Advisory Committee. She has presented at the NFHCA Annual Convention on three occasions over the last 18 years.

Ryan replaces Andy Whitcomb as the NFHCA’s president.