Gina Wills • Camp Director
Gina Wills recently finished her second season as the head coach of the Washington and Lee field hockey program. In 2016 she led the Generals to their second conference championship appearance in as many years, with an overall record of 13-7, and a 6-2 conference record.
In her first year, she 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, and the team advanced to the conference championship game for the first time since 2005. Wills was named the ODAC Coach of the Year following the season.
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. She led her 2013 team back to the NCAA Tournament, while her 2014 team finished 16-3.
In her career Wills has mentored her athletes to eight NFHCA All-America selections, including a pair of first team honorees. Three of her athletes have been named the Region Player of the Year, while ten played in the NFHCA Senior All-Star game. She ranks in the top ten among active coaches in Division III for winning percentage.
Active in the sport, Wills has been a coach for the United States Field Hockey Association Futures Program since 2007. 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.
Kylie Cale • Assistant Coach, Washington and Lee University
Kylie Cale is in her third season as an assistant coach with the W&L field hockey program. Through two years, the Generals have a 22-15 overall mark and 10-5 record in the conference. In 2015, W&L was the No. 1 seed in the league tournament for the first time since 2005, and the team advanced to the conference championship game for the first time since 2005.
Cale came to Lexington from Oxon Hill, Md., where she worked for the Gaylord National Resort and Covention Center since August of 2012. She began as a seasonal assistant manager of special events and was promoted to recruiting coordinator and most recently to a recruiter.
Cale was a four-year member of the field hockey team at Christopher Newport University, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in English. On the field, she was a four-time letterwinner and the team's leader in assists as a sophomore and senior. As a midfielder, she received First Team All-State honors in 2008 and she was a Second Team All-Region selection in 2009. Her 12 assists as a sophomore are the second-most in CNU history.
Lauren Thomas • Assistant Coach, Ohio Wesleyan University
Lauren Thomas is in her second season as assistant field hockey coach at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Thomas came to Ohio Wesleyan from DePauw University, where she served as an assistant coach for one season. She helped the Tigers to a 16-3 overall record while working with all facets of the program, including recruiting, academic check-ins, and scheduling.
She also coached at the 2015 USA Field Hockey Futures site in nearby Dublin, working with the U-16 and U-19 teams.
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