CHESTERTOWN, MD – Washington College Director of Athletics Dr. Bryan Matthews has announced the hiring of Heidi Pearce Yetman as the school's seventh head women's lacrosse coach. Pearce Yetman, a Chestertown native, has spent the prior three years as senior assistant coach and recruiting coordinator here at Washington College.
"We are thrilled to have Heidi join our team as the head coach of women's lacrosse," noted Dr. Matthews. "Her experience as a player, coach, and administrator, as well as her outstanding work as an assistant coach make her the ideal candidate. We are confident that Heidi will help us take the program to the next level."
"I would like to thank Bryan Matthews and the Washington College community for this incredible opportunity," states Pearce Yetman. "It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to lead this amazing and talented group of young women, and I am eager to continue to build upon the progression this program has experienced in recent years."
During Pearce Yetman's three seasons as assistant coach, the Shorewomen went 34-17, reached the Centennial Conference Tournament in all three seasons and played in the championship game of the 2012 Centennial Conference Tournament. The 34 victories are the most wins in any three-year stretch in the history of the program, which dates back to 1982. The team has won 10 or more games in each of the three seasons, the first time in the history of the team that the squad won 10 or more contests in three straight campaigns. In 2013, the Shorewomen won 13 games, the most since 14 victories in 2003.
An outstanding midfielder while playing for Division I Johns Hopkins University, Pearce Yetman was a 2004 first-team All-American, a three-time all-conference selection, and a two-time team captain. She was also twice named the Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week and garnered both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors on her team. As a senior in 2004, she helped lead the team to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and was awarded the Cathy P. Cramer Award, given for the most outstanding achievement in women's athletics at Johns Hopkins. Pearce Yetman was also nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the top women's lacrosse player in the nation.
After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins in 2004, Pearce Yetman returned to her high school alma mater - St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE - as the assistant women's athletic director. She went on to become the head women's athletic director, head girls lacrosse coach, and head field hockey coach at the school, serving in those positions from 2005 until 2008. She coached the lacrosse team to four consecutive state championship games and was recognized with the Achievement Award for outstanding service to St. Andrew's School.
Pearce Yetman takes over for Julika Blankenship, who accepted the head coaching job at Division II Queens University in Charlotte, NC last month after guiding the squad for five years.