Jennifer Crispen
Jennifer Crispen
Year: NA
Team: Faculty and Coach
Induction Class: 2009

Jennifer Crispen was an associate professor in physical education and coach at Sweet Briar for more than 30 years. She began in July 1977 as assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 1982. She received tenure in 1981 and served as the chair of physical education from 1979 to 1983. She was the first woman to serve as the chair of the faculty senate. As a coach at Sweet Briar Jennifer was the Field hockey coach from 1977 until 2008 and the lacrosse coach from 1977 until 1995. Having mentored hundreds of Field hockey and Lacrosse women through many generations, it is rare that an athlete would graduate from Sweet Briar without having worked with Jennifer.

Among the winningest coaches in the country, Crispen had 39 years of collegiate experience as well as work in the U.S. Elite and Olympic Development Programs. She coached at Skidmore and Mount Holyoke before coming to Sweet Briar, and in 2002, coached her 500th field hockey game. In 2004 she was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame.

As a player, she was a member of the U.S. squad and played against Germany, Wales, Canada, Holland and England. She also chaired the U.S. Field Hockey Association committee that created the first national coaching certification program. She was a member of the NCAA Division III National Field Hockey Committee and was the NCAA collegiate rules liaison. She was honored by her peers as the Old Dominion Ath-letic Conference Coach of the Year four times, and in 1994 became the 10th inductee into the 200 Victory Club of the College Field Hockey Coaches Association. Her career record was 292-226-21.

In 1984 and 1996, Crispen worked at the Olympic Games as a media consultant in field hockey. An avid mountain biker, she lived on campus and frequented the trails with her black standard poodle, Mattie.