The 2019 season will mark the 12th year as head field hockey coach at Bentley University for Jessica (Cormier) Spencer, a 1997 Bentley graduate. She returned to alma mater in May 2008 after nine years as the head field hockey coach at Lasell College.
As Bentley's head coach, Spencer has directed the Falcons to a 114-96 record with three NCAA tournament berths. The Falcons are coming off an 11-8 record, the fourth time in the last seven years they've reached double figures in the win column.
In her first year, Spencer led Bentley to a 17-6 record (including a 16-game winning streak prior to the NCAA tournament), the Northeast-10 playoff championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
The success continued in 2009 when Spencer directed the Falcons to a repeat NE-10 playoff crown and the program's sixth consecutive NCAA appearance. Bentley also earned an NCAA tournament berth in 2012.
Spencer, a former two-time first-team Division II All-America for the Falcons, started the Lasell program from scratch after spending two years as an assistant coach at Bentley (1997-98). Her most successful season with the Lasers came in 2004 when her team finished at 11-8. In 2006, she was named the North Atlantic Conference co-Coach of the Year.
"Jessica’s time here as a player and her experience in developing the Lasell program from scratch made her an outstanding selection to continue the success of such a prestigious program," said Bentley athletics director Bob DeFelice upon her hiring. Bentley has been in the NCAA tournament 11 times since 1999, has reached the Division II national championship game six times over that span, and was the NCAA national champion in 2001.
Spencer played four seasons as a midfielder for the Falcons from 1993-96, helping the team to a four-year record of 40-33-5. She was selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II All-America team in both 1995 and 1996, and as a senior, was chosen as the first Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year.
Spencer also played softball at Bentley for three years, earning the team MVP award in 1997.
"I am extremely excited to be part of the Bentley University field hockey program again," said Spencer when she was hired.
Spencer, a native of Athol, also served as an Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director at Lasell. She received her BA from Bentley in marketing and her Masters of Science Degree in management, with a concentration in marketing, from Lasell (2006).
Spencer holds USFHA Level 1 and Level 2 coaching licenses, and is also an NCAA Women's Coaching Academy 1.0 and 2.0 graduate.
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