Jomara Coghlan, the 2010 and 2007 Empire 8 Field Hockey Coach of the Year, completed her seventh year as the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College in the fall of 2013.
By posting a win 13 season in 2013, Coghlan now owns an 88-44 career record (.667) and has helped W&J reach the Empire 8 Tournament in six of her seven seasons at the helm.
In 2011, Coghlan led W&J to its first Empire 8 Championship and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in school history. The Presidents finished the season with 14 wins, the third-highest win total in program history. She played a major role in the development of Jennifer Marabella, who set the school records for career goals (59) and total points (129) during her four-year career that ended in 2012.
The 15-4 record W&J posted in the 2010 season matched the program's highest win total set in 2007. It was the first season in school history a W&J player was named as an All-American. Marabella earned second team honors on the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America squad.
Coghlan guided the 2008 Presidents to the ECAC Division III Tournament for the second consecutive season. W&J notched a 12-8 overall record, marking its third-straight, double-digit win season.
In 2007, Coghlan helped W&J achieve its best field hockey season in history as the Presidents won a school-record 15 matches and claimed the regular-season Empire 8 Conference title. W&J also set a new school record with a 10-game win streak. W&J earned its first postseason appearance in school history as the Presidents hosted an ECAC Tournament quarterfinal contest.
During her seven-year tenure, 26 Presidents have been selected to the Empire 8 All-Conference Team and nine student-athletes, Erin Barno (twice, 2011 & 2012), Beth Kelley (2007), Jennifer Marabella (three times, 2010, 2011 & 2012), Julianne Zackey (2010) and Kolbey Seidel (twice, 2009 & 2010), have earned All-Region recognition. The 2010 season marked the first time in W&J field hockey history that the team landed multiple members on the All-Region team. Kelley was the first player in school history named to the all-region squad.
Coghlan was the assistant field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach at the College of Wooster from 2004-2006. Coghlan’s duties with the field hockey program focused primarily on the goalkeepers and the defense.
She helped 20 players earn All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors, including six players who went on to garner All-Region status. Coghlan also helped three Fighting Scots become All-Americans. In addition to her coaching duties, Coghlan assisted the Wooster athletics department with NCAA compliance guidelines. Coghlan also has one year of coaching experience as a volunteer goalkeeper assistant at Kent State.
Coghlan has worked the Connecticut Elite Field Hockey Camp and the Extreme Field Hockey Camp in Long Island. She was also a USFHA Futures Program Coach in 1996 and 2004.
As a collegiate player, Coghlan was a four-year field hockey letter winner as a goalkeeper at Division I Ohio University. She received a bachelor’s degree in sports sciences from OU in 1993. In 2010, Coghlan earned a master of science degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.