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March 27, 2015 — Dawsonville, now in the coaching box

With six Dawson sisters having come through the successful field hockey program at Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), and with four of them having been capped for the U.S. national team (which is believed to be the largest concentration of siblings to have ever represented the U.S. in any athletic endeavor), it was seemingly inevitable that some of them would gravitate towards coaching.

This week came the first head-coaching hire. Meghan Dawson, a two-time national champion at North Carolina and an assistant coach the last couple of years at Bucknell, will be heading up the field hockey program at Appalachian State University.

The assignment is not going to be easy, however. The dissolution of the Norpac field hockey conference means that Appalachian State’s field hockey program is, for now, an independent program whose lone avenue into the NCAA Tournament will be through winning an at-large bid against heavy competition from superconferences such as the Big Ten and the ACC.

ASU also has not had a winning season since 2003. Still, you get the feeling that with a player who is so used to winning games, leagues, and championships, the Mountaineer program and the rapidly growing field hockey community in North Carolina will benefit greatly from her tutelage.

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