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Ann Oldham Coakley was born in Norwood, MA in 1926. She graduated from Norwood High School in 1944, Boston University’s Sargent College in 1948, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1955. While a student at Sargent College, Coakley played lacrosse, tennis, field hockey, and softball. In 1951 she was named to the United States lacrosse touring team and spent 10 weeks traveling through Great Britain and Ireland while playing other national and regional teams.

In 1959 Coakley took a position at Bridgewater State teaching physical education. She began the woman’s lacrosse program at Bridgewater in 1960, serving as coach from 1960-1978. She remained involved with numerous lacrosse organizations and committees her entire career. She was inducted into Boston University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, Bridgewater State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993, the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998, and both the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame and New England Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. She passed away on March 21, 2017.

This collection focuses on artifacts, photographs, awards and honors Coakley received during her lifetime. The majority of material has been kept in frames and stored in flat-file archival boxes.

Related Materials

Related collections include: New Agenda: Northeast Records, the Mary Jo Moriarty Collection, and the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Collection.



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