Success Stories in College Sports: Phoebe Hopkins ’08
Phoebe Hopkins ’08 was a 12-season athlete at Friends Select School, but one particular game stands out in her mind. “Friends Select field hockey beat Shipley in 2006, my junior year. It was awesome because Shipley had joined the Friends League only recently before our game and had dominated the league in athletics,” Phoebe said. This particular match-up wasn’t a playoff game or for a championship title, but it was still a huge accomplishment for the entire team.
Throughout her high school career, Phoebe was recognized for her athletic contributions with many awards and accolades, including the 2007 field hockey season’s Most Valuable Player award in acknowledgement of her 26 goals; award recognition from her coaches for her leadership, sportsmanship, and skill; and the 2008 Emma Braun Award, given each year to a graduating female senior for contributions to interscholastic sports. Additionally, she was named to the All-Friends League team during her sophomore, junior, and senior year field hockey seasons. She was inducted into Friends Select’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Phoebe attended Smith College, where she continued her athletic career as a member of their field hockey team through her four years of college, and a member of their lacrosse team during her sophomore year. She is recognized as seventh in Smith’s line of all-time field hockey goal scorers, was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference League All-Star Team each year of college, and selected as National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region in 2009. After college graduation, Phoebe became the head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Daniel Webster College and assistant field hockey coach at Slippery Rock University. Additionally, she contributed her skills as a member of the Queensland University of Technology first team, in Brisbane, Australia, and played professionally for Old Alex Hockey Club’s first team in Dublin, Ireland.
Phoebe is now owner of Play College Field Hockey, a consulting firm specializing in collegiate field hockey recruiting. “I enjoy helping high school field hockey players navigate the process to play field hockey in college,” she said. “My experience in high school with the recruiting process as well as my time as a collegiate coach were instrumental in my current career. I had a great experience with athletics both at Friends Select and at Smith. Being a student athlete prepared me to work hard and be resilient.”