Jane DeGrenier, who coaches field hockey and lacrosse at National Cathedral School, has been selected by the Positive Coaching Alliance as one of 50 coaches nationally to receive its Double-Goal Coach Award.
Ms. DeGrenier also teaches physical education in the Lower School. She was celebrated last month for her 20 years of service to NCS.
The Double-Goal Coach Award honors high school and youth coaches who not only strive to win but also to teach life lessons through sports. This year, 2,400 coaches were nominated for the awards. Ms. DeGrenier is the lone D.C. coach recognized by the PCA, and her award is one of only two recognizing field hockey. (The other is shared by coaches at California's Monta Vista High School.)
NCS is "extremely proud" that Ms. DeGrenier was honored, said Athletic Director Heather Dent. "Jane embodies the attributes of a coach that makes a difference in a student-athlete's life by providing a safe space for girls to take risks and reach new heights, as well as establishing connectedness with each girl to nurture their development by constantly offering attention, confidence and strength as they develop and grow."
In addition to her NCS teams, Ms. DeGrenier also coaches a club field hockey team, the Southeast Storm, and runs a one-week summer camp program. She is the former regional director of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Futures Program.
Ms. DeGrenier is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she played field hockey and helped the Bombers win the 1982 national championship, and the University of Richmond.