Smith College field hockey, coached by Jaime Ginsberg ’95, clinched its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The Pioneers won 2-1 in overtime against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Smith (14-7) entered the tournament as the number three seed, while MIT (11-8) was the number five seed.
With the NEWMAC win, Smith earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship and took the first round with a 1-0 win over Montclair State. In the second round of the championship tournament, Smith’s season came to an end when they lost 3-0 to Tufts, Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Now in her twelfth season at the helm of the Smith College field hockey program, Jaime is intent on making the Pioneers a force in NEWMAC.
Under her watch, a number of players earned All-NEWMAC first team and second team honors, the Most Valuable Player recognition, and the All-Region first team recognition by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Before Smith, Jaime coached field hockey for three years at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, and she once coached field hockey, indoor track, and junior varsity lacrosse at George School. She was also a founding member of the Cosmo Club field hockey squad in Philadelphia.
A standout field hockey player at Slippery Rock University from 1995-1998, Jaime graduated with a degree in exercise science, and earned a master’s degree from Temple University in sports administration in 2007. She was also a player and coach for the women’s lacrosse club team at Slippery Rock, which has since become a varsity squad.
Jaime is a member of the United States Field Hockey Association and the National Field Hockey Coaching Association.