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Webinar Addresses Recruiting, Leadership, Collegiate Play

On Thursday February 3rd, students in the Athletic Leadership Program dialed in for an engaging webinar with Indiana University’s assistant field hockey coach Kelly Doton, and her team captain, Katie Griswold. Doton is also a member of the USA Field Hockey Team. The two women spoke about a variety of topics ranging from recruitment (from the perspectives of both players and coaches), to leadership differences between males and females, to what to expect being a college student-athlete, and the importance of time management.

Kelly spoke about her experiences as a player, coach, and as an Olympic athlete. “When recruiting student-athletes, we look for athletes who display solid character, who are good people and good students, and who will be a solid addition to our program, community, and university.” She stressed to students the importance of determining the right fit when considering athletics at the collegiate level. “If you want to play in college, find a level that you can play, while considering the opinions of mentors and coaches in finding schools. Athletics should not be the sole factor. Your decision should include location, academic majors offered, the size of the school, and the overall atmosphere of the school.”


Katie spoke at length regarding life as a Division 1 student-athlete, such as her practice schedule and finding time in her schedule to study and complete her work. In addition, she described what it means to be her team’s captain and being sidelined due to injury. “When I couldn’t play physically, I saw the game in a whole new light, and I focused my energy on helping make my teammates better each day.”


We appreciate the time that Kelly and Katie took out of their busy schedules to discuss leadership with our group. Their experience and input was invaluable to the growth of our student-athletes at Cushing Academy.



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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.