Legendary GA lacrosse, field hockey coach Tammaro set to retire

Legendary coach at Greenwich Academy, Angela Tammaro stops and chats with one of her field hockey players during a recent game. — photo courtesy of Greenwich Academy athletic department

Legendary coach at Greenwich Academy, Angela Tammaro stops and chats with one of her field hockey players during a recent game. — photo courtesy of Greenwich Academy athletic department

After 49 years at Greenwich Academy, Angela Tammaro, affectionately known to students and colleagues as “Miss T.” or ‘Tammy,’ is retiring from her position as coach of the school’s field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Tammaro joined Greenwich Academy in 1965, and served as the school’s athletic director through 2012.

During her tenure at Greenwich Academy, she was the varsity coach for field hockey for 49 seasons, basketball for 23 seasons and lacrosse since its inception at the school for 48 seasons.

She was also responsible for starting the girls’ ice hockey program and assisted the varsity squad for seven seasons.
Tammaro coached her final field hockey season in the fall of the current school year and her final lacrosse season in the spring of 2013.

More remarkable than Tammaro’s longevity is the record that she leaves behind. Under her direction, Greenwich Academy has won the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) field hockey title for 30 consecutive years, tallying an incredible 746 wins.

In lacrosse, the Gators have won the FAA title for 28 of the last 30 years, including 700 wins.

Having been recognized by the national governing bodies for field hockey and lacrosse for her quality of coaching, and for her league and New England records, she has been inducted into the hall of fame for both sports.

“Tammy has been an extraordinary teacher, coach and mentor to generations of GA girls,” siad Head of Schools at Greenwich Academy Molly King. “She sets impeccably high standards for every one of her players and the result is that they grow in skill and fortitude in a way that extends far beyond the athletic field. She takes a diverse group of individuals and builds a cohesive and high-performing team.”

While Tammaro plans to enjoy retirement with plenty of travel and adventures, her ties to the school will remain strong and she will continue to conduct summer field hockey camps at Greenwich Academy.

“Tammy is a true icon in girl’s athletics on a local, regional, and national scale,” said King, “Though her record may never be matched by any other high school coach, her legacy is best measured by her impact on the GA girls.”

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