Ethel “Feffie” Barnhill

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Ethel “Feffie” Barnhill was an all-around outstanding three-sport athlete at The Tatnall School in the 1960s. She was a four-year starter on the lacrosse team, and she was a three-year starter on
both the field hockey and basketball teams. At Ursinus College, Barnhill played five sports, earning 13 letters. She capped her time at Ursinus by being named “Outstanding Senior Female Athlete.”
Barnhill served 17 years as head lacrosse coach and director of lacrosse and field hockey at the College of William and Mary (1982-1998). Barnhill’s lacrosse teams at W & M had 15 winning
seasons, posting an overall mark of 159-89-1. Barnhill’s squads were invited to the NCAA tournament six times; William and Mary has played in the NCAA tournament only once (through 2012) since. In
1982 Barnhill’s inaugural squad went 11-2, won the Virginia AIAW state title and placed 5th in the AIAW Nationals. Barnhill coached at several Olympic Development Camps and was selected as assistant
coach for the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse World Cup winning team. She was appointed head coach of Scotland’s National Lacrosse team. Barnhill was chairperson of the SE District of USFHA, (1981-85);
President of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, (1988-89); vice-president of the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Association, (1993-95); Chair-Elect of the U.S. Lacrosse, Inc. Board of
Directors, (1998-2000); and on the Organizing Committee of the U-19 World Championships hosted by USL, Baltimore. Barnhill received the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Coaches
Award in 2001; and was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1998. She was inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997. Five years earlier, in 1992, Barnhill was
inducted into the Ursinus College Hall of Fame.



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