Brenda Becker Ferris

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Brenda Becker Ferris is a New Castle, Delaware native, an All-State selection in field hockey and softball at William Penn High School and an inductee of the West Chester University Athletic
Hall of Fame. In Brenda’s four-year collegiate career, her Golden Rams field hockey teams won three of the school’s four AIAW national championships. As a senior midfielder, she was named an
All-American and received the Broderick Award as the nation’s best field hockey player. Ferris was a top-ten finalist for the best collegiate female athlete in the U.S. During the 1978-79 academic
year, Brenda pulled off an improbable national championship double, leading West Chester to the first-ever NCAA title in the sport of women’s lacrosse. This accomplishment catapulted Ferris into the
national and international spotlight. She was selected as the youngest member of the U.S. Field Hockey Team. That team qualified for the 1980 Olympics, but America boycotted the Games that year.
However, the team finished fourth in World Cup competition. Brenda then captained the first U.S. Under 21 team that beat Canada in international play. She was a three-time field hockey participant at
the National Sports Festival, where her squad won a gold medal. Brenda remains a prominent figure in Delaware sports. She has played on at least 15 championship teams in softball, flag football and
field hockey with two Diamond State Games field hockey titles to her credit. In 2005, her Coed League softball team won a national championship. Brenda currently coaches women’s lacrosse at Tatnall
School.

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