PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A new field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach has been hired at Plymouth State College, according to Panther athletic director Steve Bamford.
The newest coach to join the Panther staff is Abby Burbank, who was most recently an assistant coach of both field hockey and women’s lacrosse at the College of William and Mary. Burbank takes over from Wynn Hohlt, who resigned after six years at PSC to take a similar job at Bates College.
Burbank is a 1988 graduate of Williams College, where she played varsity basketball and lacrosse. She earned a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Studies from Smith College in 1994, and has been involved in coaching since early this decade. Burbank has been the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at William and Mary since 1994, and added the role of assistant field hockey coach last year.
“We feel very fortunate to attract the caliber of coach and person we have found in Abby Burbank,” said Bamford. “She was the unanimous choice of the search committee after visiting our campus. Abby brings a strong coaching background at the collegiate level. She’s bright, articulate, and has a history of being an effective recruiter. When it comes to representing PSC Athletics as a member of our coaching staff, Abby will be an excellent ambassador and positive role model.”
Burbank got her coaching career started at Landmark College (VT), where she coached soccer, basketball and tennis. Then while earning her Master’s degree at Smith College, Burbank served stints as assistant field hockey and basketball coach at Smith College, assistant basketball coach at Elms College, and assistant lacrosse coach at Amherst College. She moved on to William and Mary in 1994 after receiving her degree from Smith.
“I’m excited to join the Plymouth State staff, and looking forward to coaching both sports,” said Burbank. “This is obviously a very strong program, and a great place to start as a head coach. Returning to New England and the White Mountains were certainly a draw.”
The PSC programs that Burbank inherits from Hohlt have been solidified as two of the top programs in New England. The field hockey team finished with a 16-5 record in 1997 and made its fifth straight play-off appearance, and the women’s lacrosse team had its best year under Hohlt in 1998 with a 9-7 mark, including an 8-1 record in the inaugural New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance.
“Our field hockey program during Wynn’s tenure was a perennial post-season participant,” said Bamford, “and our women’s lacrosse team has made enormous competitive strides in recent years. We are convinced that Abby is the right person to take both programs onward and upward.”