Head Coach Jessica Lane Zubretsky continues to build the Johnson & Wales University field hockey team into one of the toughest squads in the Northeast as she goes into her sixth season as head coach.
Two of the last three seasons, the Wildcats have advanced to the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament. Midfield Jessica Kocur was twice named to the Second-Team All-GNAC squad.
Johnson & Wales has also excelled in the classroom with four-straight Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Awards for carrying at least a 3.0 grade point average. In 2017, 15 student-athletes earned a spot on the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and Rachel DeVore, Grace Pendergast and Natalie Rivas earned a Division III Scholars of Distinction honor for having a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher
The 2014 campaign was the best season in program history with a 13-7 overall record, with births into the GNAC Playoffs, first time in school history, as well as ECAC Championship birth. She coached three all-conference award winners; Courtney McTague and Giovanna Ciavardoni were awarded First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Conference award winner Ali King.
Coach Lane is in her seventh year of coaching at the Division III level. Prior to Johnson & Wales, she was at Eastern Connecticut State University and was the Assistant Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach there. She helped bring a Little East Championship to the Women’s Lacrosse team in the spring of 2013.
Coach Lane completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, concentration Human Resources in 2011 from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. where she was the graduate assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach there for two years.
Coach Lane graduated from Providence College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She was a four-year starter for the field hockey team. While at PC she was a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-Northeast Region First Team; two-time All-Big East Second Team and All-Big East Tournament Team. She led the Big East Conference in 2007 with 18 Assists and ranked 3rd in the country with assists per game. She was captain of the team her Senior year and was also selected in the Division I Senior All-Star Game.
She was a two-time High School All American for lacrosse.