Jackie Cox enters her ninth year as head coach of Haverford College field hockey during the 2018 season. Hired in June 2010, Cox has led the Fords to the Centennial Conference Tournament in seven of her eight easons, including the program’s first two trips to the Centennial Conference Tournament finals.
The 2017 season saw the Fords return to the postseason for the third consecutive season and again reach the 10-win plateau. The Fords reached the Centennial Conference semifinals with a thrilling overtime victory over Washington College in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament.
During the 2014 campaign, Haverford won 11 games and reached the Centennial Conference Semifinals. Sarah Waldis '16 and Allison Martin '16 were All-Centennial Conference first team members while Elena Veale '18 team-leading 13 goals and 28 points led to an All-CC second team selection.
During the 2013 season, Cox picked up her 50th career victory with a 3-1 win over Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference first round.
The 2012 season saw the field hockey squad finish in sole possession of second place -- its highest finish ever in the Centennial -- in the regular season. The Fords tied the single-season record for wins in a season (14) and were ranked in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) top-20 national poll every week of the season. Haverford ended the season ranked 19th. The team paced the Centennial in scoring average (3.14 goals per game), shots (22.37 pg) and corners (13.53 pg) during a season that resulted in a conference championship game appearance for the second time in three seasons.
In her first season, Cox led the Fords to a program-record 14 wins. Under her tutelage, Alex Waleko was tabbed for the Longstretch/National Field Hockey Coaches Association second team and the Centennial Conference Player of the Year.
Prior to her arrival at Haverford, Cox spent the previous four years as the top assistant coach at nearby St. Joseph’s University, where she helped guide the Hawks to two Atlantic 10 runner-up finishes.
Cox began her coaching career at her high school alma mater, Episcopal Academy, where she assisted Gina Buggy, one of the most successful scholastic coaches in Southeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from St. Joseph’s in 2006, Cox joined Coach Michelle Finegan’s SJU staff where her duties included overseeing the team’s strength and conditioning program as well as coordinating practices and recruiting. In Cox’s four seasons at St. Joe’s, the Hawks were Atlantic 10 runner-ups twice, earned one Philadelphia City Six title and never finished below the top four in the A-10 conference.
As a player, Cox earned a reputation as a gritty and scrappy defender for the Hawks. After playing her first two collegiate seasons at Lafayette, Cox transferred to SJU where she played in 35 games on Hawk Hill, making 21 starts. She was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and also received the team's Vasquez Award for exemplifying the Jesuit value of being a "person for others." In the summer of 2006, Cox represented the United States at the Maccabi Australia International Games in Sydney.
Cox, who has earned Level I & II USA Field Hockey Coaching Accreditation, was an assistant coach for the 2011 New Jersey Region Junior High Performance Team.
Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Master of Education in elementary education from St. Joseph’s University. She also is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has taught exercise and spinning classes at Main Line area fitness centers. She and her husband Adrian were married in June of 2010 and live in Wynnewood, Pa.