Gillian McDonald is in her eighth year as the head field hockey coach at Hamilton College. McDonald has recorded 47 wins at Hamilton, including a team-record 13 in 2010. She guided the Continentals to the 2011 NESCAC Championship quarterfinals in their first year in the conference. Two of McDonald's players made the 2011 all-conference team.
In 2010, Hamilton finished with an overall record of 13-3, including 3-0 in overtime games. The Continentals finished second in the Liberty League with a record of 6-1, and advanced to the league championship final for the second straight year. Hamilton was ranked 15th in the final Top 20 coaches poll, and smashed a team record with 55 goals. Colleen Callaghan '11 played in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior Game.
McDonald led Hamilton to 12 wins and its first NCAA Division III championship appearance in program history in 2009. The Continentals earned a share of their first Liberty League regular season title and won their first league postseason game. McDonald received league co-coaching staff of the year honors for her efforts.
In 2008, Hamilton won eight games and qualified for the four-team league championship for the first time. The program hadn't posted a winning record or a postseason appearance since 1995.
Erin McNally '12 received All-America honors from the NFHCA in 2009, and Callaghan made the All-America team the following year. Five players made the all-region team a total of 10 times during the past five years. McDonald coached her players to 18 Liberty League all-league selections from 2006 to 2010.
Solid academic performance is important to McDonald as four student-athletes earned a spot on the 2012 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Hamilton received an NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 10th straight year. The program recognizes those institutions that achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the academic year.
McDonald was an assistant field hockey coach at the University of Rochester in 2004 when the team posted a 10-9 record. She coached at the North American Hockey Academy during the 2005-06 academic year.
McDonald lettered in both field hockey and ice hockey at Bowdoin College. She was a first team All-America selection in goal for field hockey in 2003, a two-time all-region pick and NESCAC first team all-conference all four years. McDonald helped lead the team to the conference title in 2000. She is ranked in the top 30 in shutouts, goals against average and wins on the NCAA Division III career lists. McDonald was given Bowdoin’s Sidney J. Watson Award after her senior year in 2004 for distinguishing herself by her athletic performance and leadership of more than one team.
The Hudson, Quebec, native received her bachelor’s degree in 2004. McDonald earned her master's from SUNY Cortland in 2008. She attended the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.
Mackenzie Williams is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Hamilton College field hockey team. Williams was a four-year starter and played every position except goalie at the University of Vermont.
Williams scored seven goals and added six assists for 20 points in 70 games at Division I Vermont. She kicked off her college career by making the 2008 America East Conference All-Rookie Team. After her senior year, Williams was a 2011 first team all-conference selection, and was named the team's most valuable player. She was a two-time member of the Sheraton Catamount Classic all-tournament team.
Williams earned a number of awards for excelling in athletics and academics at Vermont. She was on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad all four years, and made the 2008-09 America East Academic Honor Roll, the 2010-11 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and the 2011 America East All-Academic Team.
Williams received her bachelor's degree in 2012. She is from nearby Rome, N.Y., and played high school field hockey at Rome Free Academy. Williams was placed on the all-state first team after her junior and senior seasons. She was a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Elite from 2005 to 2008, and competed in the National Futures Tournament in 2006 and 2007.