Scatton Hangs Up Her Whistle


New Head Field Hockey Coach Sophie Riskie ’07 and former Head Coach Sally Scatton P’02, P’06 on McCooey Field.

During 32 seasons, Hall of Fame field hockey coach Sally Scatton P’02, P’06 racked up 471 wins, including 11 Liberty League Championships and three NCAA Division III National Championships. Scatton, who announced her retirement this summer, “has been a role model and mentor to decades of Heron field hockey players and colleagues,” says Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Deb Steward. “She is a fierce competitor with high standards that have put our program among the best in the country. Sally’s humor, passion for the sport and love for the Herons have made an enormous impact on so many, including me.”

Scatton joined William Smith field hockey as head coach in 1988, leading the program to 30 winning seasons and to national championships in 1992, 1997 and 2000. Under her guidance, Herons earned 57 All-America awards from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Scatton, who ranks sixth in Division III history in career wins, was voted National Coach of the Year three times, Regional Coach of the Year six times and took home top coaching honors from the Liberty League 10 times. She was inducted into the Heron Hall of Honor in 2007 and the NFHCA Hall of Fame in 2010.

This fall, Sophie Riskie ’07 took over as Herons field hockey head coach — the first alumna to lead the team. Steward says, “Sophie brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to this leadership role. I’m confident she will build on the successes of this storied program.”