BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University Director of Athletics Alanna Shanahan announced today the appointment of Jane Wells as the head field hockey coach. Wells succeeds Megan Callahan, who stepped down in November. She becomes just the fifth head coach in program history and will assume her duties on January 30.
“We are pleased to welcome Jane Wells to the Blue Jay family,” said Shanahan. “With over 10 years of head coaching experience and a proven record of success, we felt Jane would provide the leadership necessary to advance the competitive success of our field hockey program. Equally as compelling is Jane’s vision for the holistic development of our student-athletes stressing empowerment, encouragement and accountability both on and off the field.”
Wells comes to Baltimore after a 12-year stint as head coach at Rhodes College. During her tenure with the Lynx, she went 152-70 (.685), including a 73-15 (.829) mark in conference play. She led Rhodes to 10 conference (SCAC and SAA) regular season titles, eight conference tournament championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. She was named the conference coach of the year four times and the NFHCA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year twice.
“I am honored and excited to be joining the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay family,” Wells said. “I look forward to working with the current and future student-athletes and their families to take the program to the next level. I would like to thank Alanna Shanahan, Kelsie Gory, and all the members of the search committee for believing in me and for this incredible opportunity. We will pursue excellence in every facet of the program, and will uphold the high standards set forward by the institution and the department in all that we do.”
In 12 years, Wells coached 51 all-conference selections, 12 conference players of the year, 45 NFHCA All-Great Lakes and six NFHCA All-America honorees. Her teams won 10 or more games in 11 of her 12 seasons, including a school-record 17 wins in 2010.
Wells is a 2003 graduate of Rhodes, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was a four-year member of the field hockey and softball teams, captained both teams as a senior and served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Wells was an all-conference and NFHCA Academic Squad selection in her career.
After graduation, Wells returned to her alma mater and served as an assistant coach for both the field hockey and softball programs. She was named the head field hockey coach in 2005 and in 2011 added Coordinator of Facilities for Athletics to her duties. Wells has also served as the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) since 2014.