Long-time GFA math teacher Deirdre Hynes tends to keep a low profile, preferring to let her work speak for itself rather than seeking the spotlight. So it stands to reason that even though Hynes has worked at GFA since 2005, many of her colleagues and students aren’t aware of her prestigious athletic achievements.
A former All-American college field hockey and lacrosse player at Sacred Heart University (SHU), Hynes was also recently recognized as one of the all-time top high school field hockey coaches in the state— she will be inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame Sept. 12.
“This recognition is truly an honor, and is also a testament to the remarkable coaching staff and student-athletes who worked alongside me to achieve our goals together,” said Hynes. “I’m proud to have been a part of a great field hockey program.”
The recognition from the Hall of Fame stems from a remarkable 17-year career as head coach of the girls varsity field hockey coach at Wilton High School, where according to local news reports, Hynes’ teams achieved a 234-58-21 record.
When Hynes took over the Wilton High School field hockey program in 2000, the varsity team was coming off a 1-9-1 season. Under her leadership, her teams became perennial state and league powerhouses, winning five state championships (runners-up three times) and the elusive FCIAC title in her last season with the program in 2016 — after coming in second six times previously.
While coaching at WHS, Hynes received the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Outstanding Coach of the Year award for the 2015-2016 school year; the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year award twice (2005 and 2012); and was FCIAC Field Hockey Coach of the Year and the FCIAC Fall Sports Coach of the Year in 2013.
- In addition to her esteemed Wilton High School field hockey coaching career, she has also coached at GFA (girls varsity lacrosse, 2009-2015) and at St. Joseph’s High School (girls varsity lacrosse and basketball, 2002-2005).
- The year after graduating college, Hynes coached for the English Lacrosse Association (ELA) and taught PE — including swimming and tennis instruction — for a year at Godolphin School (Salisbury, England).
- As a lacrosse player at SHU, the All-American Hynes was a star scorer and captain for the women’s lacrosse ECAC championship-winning team.
- Hynes was a two-time All-American, a league All-Star, and captain for the SHU varsity field hockey program.