Hawthorne competed for the Huskies as a student-athete from 2007-11 before joining the UConn compliance office. After one of the most successful track and field careers at UConn, Trisha-Ann Hawthorne has joined the women's track coaching staff.
Dec. 30, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Trisha-Ann Hawthorne, one of UConn’s most decorated athletes, has been named an assistant coach for the University of Connecticut women’s track and field program, head coach J.J. Clark announced on Tuesday.
Hawthorne, who competed as a sprinter for the Huskies from 2007-11, makes the transition into coaching after serving in Connecticut’s compliance office, assisting student-athletes in gaining knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern the institution's intercollegiate athletics program.
The Elmsford, N.Y. native will coach alongside first-year leader Clark as well as associate head coach Clive Terrelonge. In addition to her duties on the track, Hawthorne will assist the program in recruiting, as well as aid in the completion of administrative activities.
"We're thrilled to add Trisha-Ann Hawthorne to our staff," commented Clark. "She brings a wealth of experience on the track and comes from a compliance and administrative background. She rounds out our staff and we're excited to have her on board as we get ready to begin the indoor season."
"Happy would be the word to choose upon accepting the position,” said Hawthorne. " I feel honored to work alongside two great, experienced and knowledgeable coaches. The best part is being able to work with a program I was once a student-athlete of as well. I'm looking forward to a great season for the program as a whole."
As a student-athlete, Hawthorne set the school record in the indoor 55m, 60m and 200m and also ranks first in the program in the outdoor 100m and 200m. The Big East's most decorated female athlete, she finished first in the 200m at the New England Championships, tying her own school record and setting a new meet record (23.55) during her junior season in 2009-10. During the outdoor campaign she was tabbed as the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Track Athlete of the Year and anchored the Jamaican U23 4x100 meter relay to a silver medal (44.20) at the NACAC Under-23 National Championships.
She was selected as an NCAA All-American in the outdoor 100m and qualified for the IAAF World Jr. Championship. Additionally, the sprinter earned 12 ECAC championships (100m, 200m, 4X100m) and was a four-time New England Champion (55m, 200m, 4X400m).
UConn opens up the 2015 indoor season on Jan. 10 when it travels to New Haven, Conn. to compete in the Yale Invitational. Action is set to begin at 9 a.m.