Annie Hansbury was named the sixth coach in the 23-year history of the Stonehill field hockey program on February 28, 2019.
Hansbury comes to Stonehill after spending the 2018 season as an assistant coach at Bryant University. She served as head coach Joppe de Vries top assistant coach, coordinating all aspects of daily operation for the Bulldogs NCAA Division I program, was the team’s recruiting coordinator, and oversaw academic advising.
Prior to returning to New England, Hansbury was an assistant coach at Division I Central Michigan University for two years from June 2016 through the 2017 season. She assisted in running the daily operation of the program, including game day operation, practice organization, player and leadership development and social media coordination. Hansbury was responsible for all video coordination and was the team’s academic liaison and compliance coordinator.
Hansbury spent four seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Colby College, helping the Mules to 31 wins from 2012 through the 2015 season. She has been head field hockey coach and club administrative assistant for Northeast Elite Field Hockey Club in Windham, New Hampshire, since 2009. Following her playing career at UMass Lowell, Hansbury traveled to Melbourne, Australia, and was head junior coach and administrative assistant for Doncaster Hockey Club, running a junior program for ages 9-14 and was co-director for the midweek ladies’ program, while also playing for the club, competing in the Victorian Premier League, the top league in Australia. She also was an official and U14 head coach for the regional development team for Hockey Victoria.
Hansbury, a Plaistow, New Hampshire, native, is a 2012 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she was a four-year letterwinner for coach Shannon Hlebichuk at UMass Lowell, helping the River Hawks to four-straight NCAA Division II Championship game appearances. The River Hawks won the 2010 National Championship, finishing 24-0, while winning a pair of NE10 Championships in 2010 and 2011. Hansbury was a two-time All-American as a midfielder for UMass Lowell, earning a pair of All-NE10 honors, as well as NE10 All-Rookie accolades in 2008.
Hansbury is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Athletic Administration.
What they are saying about Annie Hansbury:
Dean O'Keefe (Stonehill Director of Athletics)
"We are thrilled to announce that Annie Hansbury will join the Stonehill College family as our new head field hockey coach. Coach Hansbury possesses an impressive background coaching at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, and her contagious energy and passion to teach the game will serve our program well. In addition, Coach Hansbury’s experience and success as an NCAA Division II student-athlete will provide our student-athletes a mentor who will foster a culture of personal growth and development in the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. We are excited for Coach Hansbury to arrive in Easton, and are confident her appointment will build upon the program’s strong foundation and lead our student-athletes to new heights.”
Joppe de Vries (Bryant head coach)
“A huge congratulations from Bryant athletics to Annie and Stonehill College. We thank Anne for her passionate hockey knowledge and commitment to Bryant field hockey, and look forward to see Stonehill continue to be successful in Division II.”
Shannon Hlebichuk (UMass Lowell head coach)
“I’ve been fortunate to have coached a number of outstanding women during my 17 year career at UMass Lowell and Annie Hansbury is no exception. She has proven to be one of the hardest working young professionals in coaching. Annie’s knowledge of the game; her diverse coaching experiences; combined with her passion for winning, inspiring and developing young women will certainly be a great fit for Stonehill’s nationally ranked program. She will, without question, be a successful head coach and a great addition to the staff at Stonehill College.”