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Eileen Donahue to be inducted into National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Eileen Donahue spoke to two of her players during a 2017 game against Reading.Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Watertown field hockey coach Eileen Donahue will be inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January at a ceremony in Lake Mary, Fla.

In an tremendous 32-year run, Donahue has compiled a 662-32-46 record with 18 Division 2 state titles. Among her other coaching honors, Donahue was named the National High School Coaches’ Association Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2013 and Top of the Circle U.S. Coach of the Year in 2014.

Her esteemed varsity coaching career began in 1986 when she led the Raiders to the first state title in program history. Since then, the Raiders have been a juggernaut with 28 league titles and 25 sectional championships.


The Raiders also have the longest undefeated streak in National Federation of State High School Association history, going 184 consecutive contests without losing between November, 2008 and September, 2017. That streak included 124 straight victories, another national record.

“At Watertown, we strive to do our best to put ourselves in position to succeed,” Donahue said in a release on the NFHCA website.

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