Sarah Humphries enters her fourth season as head coach and fifth on Transylvania's field hockey staff. In her era as Transylvania head coach, the Pioneers field hockey program has enjoyed a resurgence unseen since the early years of this century.
After serving as an assistant coach for the 2013 season, Humphries inherited a team which went 1-15 in her first year at the helm. Since then, Humphries has followed by increasing the team’s win total in each of the next two years. In Humphries’s third season as head coach of the Pioneers, she landed her largest recruiting class of 10 players. Bolstered by a young and energetic crew, the Pioneers peaked in midseason, enjoying a three-game win streak as they vaulted to the semifinals of the SAA Tournament.
In each of Humphries’s past two seasons, the Pioneers have enjoyed conference tournament success, with a 5-0 quarterfinal win against Ferrum last season as the latest building block in the program’s evolution.
In her first three seasons as a head coach, Humphries had seven players named to the SAA All-Conference team, 10 players named to the Academic All-Conference team and thirteen players named to the Gladiator by SGA/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad. For the 2014 season, the team also received the Field Hockey-Gladiator/SGI/NFHCA National Academic Team Award. In 2016, Humphries coached Jessica Chandler to the Great Lakes Second Team All-Region, the first All-Region player in program history.
Prior to TU, Humphries served for two years as the assistant coach at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. While at Earlham, Humphries was in charge of the defensive unit, recruiting, film editing, practice planning and study tables. She also worked in Residence Life as a Resident Special Programs Director for first-year students.
Humphries is a 2011 Centre College graduate, where she was a four-year varsity student athlete and majored in Biology. During her career at Centre, Humphries was a four-year starting defender for the Colonels. In her career the Colonels were 58-22. During her freshman year, the team received an NCAA bid, the first in school history.
Humphries received Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week nods during her junior and senior years, respectively, as well as being named to the SCAC All-Sportsmanship team. She was the Kitty Baird Award winner her senior year, the highest award given out to a four year letter winner who exemplified leadership and dedication to the sport. Notably, Humphries also was a student coach for the women’s lacrosse team during its inaugural 2011 season.
While in college, Humphries coached middle school and high school girls for Kentuckiana Field Hockey Association (now Knights Field Hockey Camps & Clinics). Over the last six summers, she has served as a coach at the Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp in Cape Henlopen, Delaware.
Humphries earned a master's degree in recreation and sport administration from Western Kentucky University in 2015. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.