WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College head women's lacrosse coach Chris Mason told her 2017 Williams team this evening that this, her 33rd season at Williams, would be her last as she will retire at the end of this season.
Mason arrived at Williams in the fall of 1980 and has been at Williams ever since except when she was training and competing for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team.
Mason wanted her team to know at the beginning of the final season and she also wanted Williams College to have enough time to hire a replacement.
|Chris Mason halftime of a
field hockey contest
"It's hard to imagine retiring from Williams after so many wonderful years being around such outstanding and fun students," said Mason. "They made it hard for me to retire, but it's time for my husband and me to spend more time with our grown children and the grandchildren. It's equally hard to leave the fantastic Athletic Department at Williams, where I've made so many great friends over the years."
Mason, who also assists with the Eph field hockey team, served as the head coach of both teams at Williams for 19 years and current Eph field hockey head coach Alix Barrale played field hockey and lacrosse for Mason in the early 1990s.
"It is difficult to know where to begin when asked to comment on Chris' retirement from Williams," said Eph Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. "She is a much loved coach who has touched the lives of so many young women who will forever hold dear memories of her and of their Williams lacrosse and field hockey seasons."
"Chris is a dear friend who I will miss seeing around the department, hearing her hysterical stories, and feeling her support and friendship," Melendy added. "Her warmth, her compassion, her deep caring for others, and her highly competitive nature have shaped the lives of many and will long be treasured."
Chris Mason at Williams:
Head Lacrosse Coach/Head & Assistant Coach of Field Hockey
Mason's Williams Lacrosse record to date in 32 years: 299-161 (.650)
Mason coached the Ephs in 1981, 1985-2000, 2002-current
One National Offensive Player of the Year
One National Defensive Player of the Year
1996 National IWLCA Coach of the Year
Northeast Region IWLCA Coach of the Year: 1993 and 1996
NESCAC Coach of the Year: 2000
NESCAC Champions: 2010
Undefeated Seasons: 2
1990 (13-0) and 1996 (15-0).
NCAA Tournament 2nd Place Finishes: 2
Mason directed the ECAC-New England titles: 4
1990, 1993, 1996 & 1999
Little Three Titles: 14
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 & 2010
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 7
1998, 1999 & 2000, 2003, 2009, 2010, & 2014
19 years at Williams: 197-55-11 (.736)
Mason coached the Ephs in 1980-82, 1984-1999
FIELD HOCKEY HONORS:
Little Three Champions: 14
1981, 1985, 1986, tied 1987, 1988, 1989,
tied 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, tied 1997, 1998 & 1999
NCAA Tournaments: 4
1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997
ECAC New England Champions: 2
1990 & 1991
NIAC Champions: 1
1995 Northeast Coach of the Year
After taking a sabbatical during the 2000-01 academic year Mason decided to give up her head coaching duties in field hockey to concentrate on lacrosse, but she remained as an assistant in field hockey.
In the fall of 1983 Mason was on leave from the Eph field hockey team as she was training and competing with the U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team. Mason was on leave during the 1983-84 academic year preparing to compete in the 1984 Olympic Games.
Mason was a member of the first U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team to medal at the Olympics, when the U.S. won the bronze medal in 1984 in Los Angeles over Australia in a penalty shootout. Mason converted her two attempts.
In 1989 Mason was inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame as an individual player and then again in 2014 when she was inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the bronze medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
Her undefeated 1996 Williams lacrosse team was inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 2003.