Lisa Cropper, a highly-decorated and successful coach at numerous levels was named the head field hockey coach at Dean College in September 2017.
"I am both thrilled and honored to be spearheading the field hockey program at Dean College," said Cropper. "Getting back into college field hockey has been a longtime goal of mine, so I am extremely thankful and excited for this unique opportunity."
Cropper has had a myriad of coaching and playing experiences during her career. A former two-sport star at the University of Connecticut (field hockey, softball), Cropper has immersed herself in the club field hockey world and is currently working with the Patriot Field Hockey Club in Norwood.
Since 2009 she has been the head field hockey coach at Franklin High and has led the Panthers to four Hockomock League titles (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016) and was named the 2013 league coach of the year.
From 2005-10 she worked as a physical education teacher and the head softball coach at Tri-County Regional High School in Franklin.
She also has experience coaching field hockey at the Division I collegiate level at both Boston University and the University of Connecticut.
Her coaching experience also crosses over to softball where she spent the 1988 and 1989 seasons as the first coach in the history of Boston University softball. She also spent a season as the head girls' basketball coach at Ashland High where she guided the Clockers to a 15-6 record and a berth in the sectional playoffs.
Cropper is an accomplished athlete in her own right having won several individual and team accolades. In 2016, she was a member of the USA Field Hockey master's team that took bronze in the World Cup in Austraila.
As an undergraduate at UConn, Cropper was a three-time All-American selection and was a member of the 1981 national championship team. She was also a member of the softball team while in Storrs and played both club ice hockey and lacrosse.
The youngest person ever to be inducted into the Walpole High Hall of Fame, Cropper was a star high school athlete for the Rebels, competing in both field hockey and basketball before heading to UConn.
"Lisa is the ideal person to launch our field hockey program," said Vasey. "Her experience as a leader and mentor of young women will serve not only the student-athletes who play for her but the entire Dean community."