Shillingford has been an active member of the Phila-area field hockey community, beginning with her playing career at Radnor High School and later, at Ursinus College. She is a member of both institutions’ Halls of Fame as well as the Southeast Pa. Sports Hall of Fame. Shillingford was a goalkeeper for the USA Field Hockey squad from 1955-57 and later served as president of USA Field Hockey from 1993-2000. She was selected as a USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame Honorary Member in 1974. In addition, Shillingford was a United States Olympic Committee member from 2001-2003
Shillingford served on the faculty of Immaculata University, Ursinus College, and Bryn Mawr College where she was also the winningest field hockey coach in program history. She led the Owls for more than 20 years from 1976-1998, recording 169 victories including three 11-game season wins in 1981, 1985, and 1986. Shillingford also spent four seasons as the Bryn Mawr basketball coach, and two seasons each coaching tennis and lacrosse. In her later years as a head coach, Shillingford also took the role of Director of Athletics, leading Bryn Mawr into their membership with the Centennial Conference. She also helped found the Snell-Shillingford Symposium in 1999, a yearly event that continues to this day and serves as a way to encourage female undergraduates from each of the Centennial Conference institutions to enter the field of coaching.
Shillingford has been honored with numerous awards including the ECAC Katherine Ley Award (1992), the NACWAA Administrator of the Year (1993), and the Women’s eNews Philadelphia Leadership Award (2012). She has also been recognized for her work by the National Association of Collegiate Women Administrators and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.
“Jen has been a treasure to so many of us in the field hockey world and beyond,” stated Bryn Mawr Director of Athletics Kathy Tierney in press release. “She impacted the lives of so many people, particularly the countless Bryn Mawr College students she mentored and coached. Jen’s generosity, wisdom, sense of humor, and passion for field hockey are a few of the things we love and cherish about her.”
Shillingford was formally inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony held during the 2018 NFHCA Annual Convention in Florida, along with longtime Lock Haven Head Coach, Pat Rudy and legendary Walpole Head Coach, Penny Calf. All NFHCA Hall of Fame nominations are evaluated and voted on by a select committee; there have been three or more inductees to the NFHCA Hall of Fame in each season since 2001.
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