Woonsocket’s Switzer is D-I field hockey coach of year at Bay View

Woonsocket’s Switzer is D-I field hockey coach of year at Bay View

Woonsocket native and Bay View Academy head coach Hilary Switzer was recently named the Division I Field Hockey Coach of the Year.

EAST PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket native Hilary Switzer, who this past season, coached the Bay View Academy field hockey team to its best record since 2013, was named the Division I Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Field Hockey Coaches Association at the RIFHCA awards ceremony on Nov. 15.

After totaling just three victories from 2014-16, the Bengals finished this season with a 7-10 record that was good for fifth place in the Division I standings.

“It is an honor to be recognized for something I love to do," said Switzer. "Coaching is something that has been a part of my entire adult life, and I wouldn’t know what to do otherwise. I'm thankful that I get to work with student athletes who want to learn and have passion for what they do. Finishing the season in fifth place and making it to the playoffs was a team effort from the athletes, my assistant coach Meg Voyer, athletic director Jen Wasson, and the Bay View community."

In addition to coaching field hockey, Switzer is a physical education teacher and the coach for the lacrosse and swim teams at Bay View.

Switzer graduated from Woonsocket High in 2006, where she helped the Novans' field hockey team win the Division II championship in 2004 and three straight regular-season titles from 2003-2005.

In 2008, she became the assistant field hockey coach at Woonsocket High, and she ascended to head coach for the 2009-2014 seasons while attending Rhode Island College and playing lacrosse for RIC.

She also joined the coaching staff of the Cumberland High girls' lacrosse team in 2010, and became the head coach for the 2015 and '16 seasons before becoming the head coach at Bay View.

“Over the last three seasons, it has been fun watching Coach Switzer build and establish a very competitive Division I field hockey program," reported Wasson, a Cumberland native. "We are truly blessed to have her leadership and commitment not only to athletics, but also for the school's community. She takes great pride in developing strong, confident, and skilled young women on and off the field.

“Coach Switzer has earned the respect of her peers, and we are fortunate to have someone of her talents guiding and leading three programs at our school."