DePauw Names Thomas As Next Field Hockey Coach

DePauw named Lauren Thomas as its next Field Hockey coach on April 18th
DePauw named Lauren Thomas as its next Field Hockey coach on April 18th

Story Courtesy of the DePauw Sports Information Department

Lauren Thomas, assistant field hockey coach at Ohio Wesleyan, has been named DePauw University's head field hockey coach. Thomas replaces Erika Burcher who resigned in February.

Thomas has served as an assistant at Ohio Wesleyan for three seasons where she has worked in all facets of the program. She also has been a committee advisor to the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Prior to her time at Ohio Wesleyan, Thomas was an assistant for the 2014 season at DePauw where she helped head coach Gina Wills and the Tigers to a 16-3 finish. During her time in Greencastle she also covered event and game management.

"Lauren's knowledge of DePauw and the NCAC (North Coast Athletic Conference) as well as her passion for coaching make her a great fit to continue to build upon an already strong program," Stevie Baker-Watson, DePauw's Associate Vice President for Campus Wellness & Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports said.

Thomas has also served as a skill instructor for the USA Futures Field Hockey Program in Dublin, Ohio, in addition to coaching at camps hosted by University of Connecticut, Boston College and Washington and Lee University.

The Marshfield, Mass., native is an Elmira (N.Y.) College graduate and was the Soaring Eagles' starting goalkeeper for four years and twice earned All-Empire 8 Athletic Conference honors. She finished her career ranked second in school history for saves and minutes played, and was third all-time in saves percentage (.780). Thomas was the president of Elmira's Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was a student-athlete representative at the 2013 NCAA Leadership Forum. Additionally, she served as a representative for the Empire 8 Leadership Summit and acted as the class of 2014 fundraising committee chair.

Thomas earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Elmira in 2014 and a Master of Science in recreation and sport management from Indiana State University in 2016.