Gina Wills is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Washington and Lee field hockey program. Over her three seasons, the Generals have compiled a 39-19 (.672) record and claimed the second ODAC title in program history in 2017. W&L also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 2017.
The team has made it to conference title game each season during Wills' tenure, which is the first time in W&L history the field hockey team has made three straight championship games. Over her three seasons, the Generals are 19-3 (.864) in league play, and she has been named the Coach of the Year twice.
Under coach Wills, the Blue and White had one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2017. The team tied the school record for wins with a 15-5 record. W&L went a perfect 7-0 in ODAC play for the first time, and won its first NCAA Tournament game. Wills was named the ODAC Coach of the Year following the season. Junior forward Haley Tucker ’19 was named the ODAC Player of the Year and garnered All-America honors after the year. During the season, Wills surpassed 150 wins for her career and now has an overall record of 160-59 (.731) in 11 seasons.
In 2016, the Blue and White finished the year 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the ODAC. Following the year, Maggie Waxter ’17 earned the ODAC Player of the Year Award and received All-America accolades.
In her first year, Wills led the Generals to an 11-7 overall record and the top seed in the ODAC Tournament with a 6-1 conference record. It marked the first time W&L was the No. 1 seed in the league tournament since 2005. Wills was named the ODAC Coach of the Year following the season.
Over her first three seasons, Wills has coached two All-America honorees, eight players have earned 16 All-ODAC laurels, including six first-team recipients, and four players have garnered all-region accolades a total of five times.
Wills came to W&L from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where she served as the head field hockey coach for eight years. In that time, she guided the Tigers to a 121-40 (.752) overall record, four regular-season conference titles and three conference tournament championships.
Wills was named the 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year and the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Coach of the Year after leading DePauw to a 21-2 record. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Semifinals before falling to eventual National Champion, Tufts University. She led her 2013 team back to the NCAA Tournament, while her 2014 team finished 16-3 and fell in the NCAC Semifinals. Her teams have received the NFHCA National Academic Award in each of her eight seasons, while she mentored her athletes to seven NFHCA All-America selections, including a pair of first team honorees. Three of her athletes have been named the Great Lakes Region Player of the Year, while seven played in the NFHCA Senior All-Star game.
Active in the sport, Wills has been a coach for the United States Field Hockey Association Futures Program since 2007 and she has served on numerous committees, including the NFHCA All-America Committee, the Senior All-Star Game Committee and the Coach of the Year Committee. She was also part of the NCAA Field Hockey Great Lakes Regional Advisory Committee.
Prior to her time at DePauw, Wills was an assistant field hockey coach at Washington & Jefferson College (2006-07) and Earlham College (2004-06). She is a 2004 graduate of Centre College with a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history. She lettered in both field hockey and softball, serving as a two-year captain in field hockey and earning second team all-region accolades as a junior.
Wills is currently working towards a Master’s degree in public administration, nonprofit management from IUPUI.
WILLS YEAR-BY-YEAR AT W&L
|2015||11-7||ODAC Coach of the Year|
|2017||15-5||ODAC Championship, NCAA Second Round, ODAC Coach of the Year|
||39-19 (.672)||1, ODAC Title, 1 NCAA Berth, 2 ODAC Coach of the Years