Judith A. George organized the first varsity-level field hockey
team at DePauw and coached the sport for more than 30 years. A 1962
Miami (Ohio) University graduate, George joined the DePauw faculty
in 1965 and later coached field hockey on a club basis. Since the
sport became varsity level, George’s teams amassed more than
250 wins. In 1989 she earned the Coaches Award from the
Women’s Sports Foundation and was the NCAA Division III Coach
of the Year in 1990 after leading the Tigers to their first-ever
appearance in the NCAA tournament. George received the National
Association for Girls and Women in Sport Pathfinder Award for
Indiana in 1998. Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous
conference and district coach of the year honors. George also has
coached volleyball, golf, bowling, archery and fencing. She
announced her retirement from coaching field hockey in April 2000.
She continued to serve as professor of health and physical
performance at DePauw. George, who earned a M.S. degree in 1965
from Indiana University, as well as a P.E.Dir. degree in 1974, has
been an advocate for women’s sports issues and has had
opinion editorials and studies published in newspapers and journals
across the country. She also served as health and physical
performance department chair until last June. Her husband, James E.
George, was a chemistry professor at DePauw. In April 2005, the
James E. George Fountain in the Percy Lavon Julian Science &
Mathematics Center was dedicated in his memory.