Heather Farlow, head coach of the Varsity Field Hockey team, has loved and appreciated sports from a very young age. She explains, “I played soccer from the time I was four years old through the Eighth Grade, but because I'm from a small town I had to play on the boys' teams because we didn't have girls' soccer teams! I switched to field hockey in high school and then I played at Rutgers University.”
She would learn in college that her talent for sports was accompanied by a passion and a talent for teaching, too. “I love coaching. I love working with the students and watching them develop into confident athletes. I started my teaching and coaching career at Greenhill School in Dallas, TX, and then went to The Kinkaid School in Houston. While I was there I decided that I wanted to be closer to family. The Head of Upper School at Kinkaid referred me to Tim Williams, the former Athletic Director at PDS, and I decided to come to Princeton Day School to teach and coach.”
And we’re so glad she did! After a fabulous fall season in which the field hockey team went deep into tournament play, Farlow was named Coach of the Year by the Trentonian. “It's always nice to have your hard work recognized,” she says.
Even so, Farlow maintains that the biggest reward this season was watching her team play in the Mercer County Championship, and appreciating the swelling support from Panther fans. Returning to a year of robust gameplay created a buzz of school spirit on the School’s campus, and that excitement was felt from every member of the community. “ “We had the best team in the county this season, and I think they played one of the best high school games I have ever seen. We received a tremendous amount of support from the PDS students, faculty and staff this season! It’s especially meaningful that the faculty care deeply about the student experience both in the classroom and on the playing fields.”
We are so proud of the Varsity Girls Field Hockey team and their numerous accomplishments this season. Congratulations to them on a wildly successful season and to Heather Farlow for her incredible leadership! You can check out photos from this season in our photo albums and read this recent article about Coach Farlow and our incredible field hockey team!