Aug. 11, 2011
The Eagles' field hockey program will welcome Jill Putnam as an assistant coach for the 2011 season, according to an announcement by Head Coach Ainslee Lamb on Thursday.
"I am thrilled to have Jill join the coaching staff at BC. She is an accomplished All-American at both the high school and collegiate levels," Coach Lamb said of Putnam. "Her experiences playing at Northwestern and recently coaching at Windy City will contribute to her impact on the players and certainly she has already made our staff better! She has incredible energy and passion to coach the sport at the college level and I am excited that Boston College will immediately benefit from her career decision."
A 2009 graduate of Northwestern University, Putnam worked for Windy City Field Hockey in Chicago prior to coming to BC. As the Director of Player and Program Development, Putnam created campaigns, such as the Roots Program, which focused on developing skills for first through fifth graders, and the Stride Program, which provided small group training for club and high school players. In addition to directing both of these programs, she also acted as the head coach. Putnam was also involved with matters of facilities, marketing and sales for Windy City.
Putnam totaled 46 points, including six game-winning goals, in her collegiate career with the Wildcats. In 2005, she was the nation's leading freshman goal scorer with 11. Putnam earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolades in her freshman and junior seasons, as well as Big Ten All-Academic honors as a junior. During her tenure at Northwestern, Putnam also received the Howard Award for all-around excellence.
Putnam, a native of Greenfield, Mass., attended Greenfield High School and earned All-America Second-Team accolades after leading her team in scoring for four years. She was a four-year, All-Northern League selection and a member of the All-Western Massachusetts Scholastic Team from 2001-04.