Lisa Cropper, Massachusetts – 2015
Lisa graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1985 as a physical education major. For 32 years she has coached field hockey, ice hockey, basketball, tennis and softball for girls from elementary school up to college level. She was a physical education teacher for 15 years.
Lisa started the varsity field hockey program at West Hills High School in San Diego, CA. She started the Division I softball program at Boston University. In 2007 she helped start and continues to support the youth field hockey program for the Recreation Department in Franklin, MA.
Coach Cropper won the NCAA Field Hockey Championship while she was an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. She won two MA state titles in one year at Walpole High School as assistant field hockey coach and head tennis coach. As a first time head field hockey coach at Weston High School her team went undefeated and won the Dual County Championship. For her effort, she was named Coach of the Year. She has had three consecutive Hockomock League field hockey titles in her first five years as the head coach at Franklin High School.
Lisa has advocated for girls sports through the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the MA State FH Coaches Association for 5 years.
“I have had the unique opportunity to share my playing experience from the Masters World Cup. In addition I had the opportunity to see the World Cup Field Hockey Tournaments as a member of the US Masters Field Hockey team in Holland last June (2014).”