Alum Heidi Pearce '00 will return to St. Andrew's School this fall to serve as the School's Girls Athletics Director. Pearce previously served as Head Coach of the women's lacrosse team at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. This spring, Pearce was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, in recognition of her accomplishments as both a player and a coach at St. Andrew's .
"Heidi has always represented St. Andrew's with great distinction, class, integrity, and humanity," said Head of School Tad Roach. "Therefore, I am very proud to welcome her back and introduce her to the students of today and tomorrow. She will inspire their best efforts and performances each and every day."
"I want to thank Tad for this exciting opportunity to return to the amazing community of St. Andrew's," Pearce said. "I am eager to get started in my new position and give back to a place that has given me so much over the years!"
As a St. Andrew's student, Pearce played on the School's state championship girls lacrosse teams in 1998 and 1999, and was named State Player of the Year by the Delaware Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association in 1999 and 2000. She was also recognized with First Team All-Conference and All-State honors during those years. In 2000, Pearce was named a high school All-American by the US Lacrosse Association. The 275 goals she scored as a Saint was a state record that stood until 2009. Pearce was a multisport athlete at St. Andrew's, and made significant contributions to the School's field hockey and girls basketball teams. She twice received All-State honors in field hockey.
After graduating from St. Andrew's in 2000, Pearce attended Johns Hopkins University, where she played at midfield for the women's lacrosse team. In 2004, she was the first Hopkins women's lacrosse player to be named a Division I First-Team All-American, and her 152 goals and 201 points during her time at Hopkins remains the school record for the most in a career. She received All-Conference honors three times; served as team captain twice; was twice named the Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week; and was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2001 and MVP in 2004. In her senior year, she helped lead the team to its debut appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament, and received the Cathy P. Cramer Award, which recognizes the most outstanding achievement in women's athletics at Johns Hopkins. During college, Pearce was also nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the top female (and male) lacrosse player in the nation each year.
Pearce was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016, and in her citation is described as having "helped transform the program into a perennial top 20 team at the highest level of the sport."
Upon graduating from Hopkins with a B.A. in sociology, Pearce returned to St. Andrew's, where she worked from 2005 to 2008, and was the Head Coach of the girls lacrosse and field hockey teams, Girls Athletic Director, and later, Head Athletic Director. She coached the girls lacrosse team to four consecutive state championship games.
Pearce served as the Head Coach of women's lacrosse team at Washington College from 2013 through 2018, and in this role was named the Centennial Conference's Coach of the Year twice, in 2014 and 2018. Pearce coached the Shorewomen to five consecutive conference tournaments, and in 2018 the team was ranked 25th in Division III. Prior to serving as Head Coach, Pearce was the team's Senior Assistant Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and Recruiting Coordinator from 2010 to 2013.
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