Megan Callahan enters her 11th season as the head coach of the Johns Hopkins field hockey team. With a career record of 120-79 (.603), Callahan is the winningest coach in Hopkins field hockey history. Callahan has guided the Blue Jays to at least 10 victories in nine of her 10 seasons, three NCAA tournaments appearances, three Centennial Conference titles and two ECAC tournament appearances.
Despite a rough start to the 2006 season, while once again playing one of the toughest schedules in Division III, Callahan guided the Blue Jays to their most wins (15) since the 2000 team that won 17 games. Hopkins finished at 15-7 overall and made its fifth appearance in the Centennial Conference Championship game. The Blue Jays made just their second appearance in the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic title game.
Callahan and the Blue Jays rebounded in 2005, winning four more games than in 2004 despite playing one of the toughest schedules in Division III. Johns Hopkins posted a 10-9 overall record and at 6-4 finished fourth in the Centennial Conference standings. Under Callahan's direction, JHU won a school-record 17 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament in both 1999 and 2000. Beginning a year earlier, in 1998, the Blue Jays qualified for postseason play in six consecutive seasons and advanced to the Centennial Conference championship game in four of the first five years in which the tournament was held.
Callahan began her head coaching career in 1997, when she guided the Blue Jays to an 11-7 record. After a 10-9 season in 1998 in which Hopkins qualified for the ECAC tournament, Callahan led the 1999 squad to a 17-3 mark, the best record in school history, and JHU's first NCAA tournament victory, a 1-0 penalty-stroke win over Salisbury State. Callahan was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III South Region Coach of the Year for the outstanding season.
The 2000 team matched the school record for wins, set another record by reeling off 15 straight victories, and again advanced to the NCAA tournament. In 2001, Callahan led the Blue Jays to a 10-9 mark and an appearance in the finals of the Centennial Conference tournament. The next year, Hopkins went 12-9 and again advanced to the league tournament final.
In 2003, Hopkins finished with a 12-9 record for the second straight year, upset top-seeded Ursinus in the Centennial semifinals, and edged Gettysburg 4-3 in overtime to win the conference championship. The Blue Jays then made their third appearance in the NCAA tournament under Callahan and defeated Wesley 5-1 in the first round before their season ended in the second round. Two years ago, Hopkins had its first losing season of Callahan's tenure, as it finished 6-12 overall and 3-7 in the conference. Despite the disappointing record, Callahan and the Blue Jays won three of their last five games and ended the season with a 1-0 loss to #4 Ursinus.
Callahan continues to play field hockey, as a member of the FHC Mavericks and the DC Metros. She competes nationally with the Mavericks. The DC Metros is a member of the North American Premier League. Playing indoors, the Metros compete against teams on the East Coast. Callahan also coaches with the United States Field Hockey Futures program, helping develop the skills of some of the nation's top high school players.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Maryland, Callahan spent four years on the Terrapins' nationally ranked field hockey team. She tallied 13 goals and an assist during her career, and helped Maryland win the NCAA Championship in 1993 and advance to the NCAA Finals in 1995. Callahan earned her degree in kinesiological sciences.