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Following a legendary mentor, Teresa Colvin takes over as new WCS field hockey coach

Teresa Colvin, the new Varsity field hockey coach at Warrensburg High School, replaces Mary ann Bump who has served the school district for more than 30 years.

Teresa Colvin, the new Varsity field hockey coach at Warrensburg High School, replaces Mary ann Bump who has served the school district for more than 30 years. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Renowned Warrensburg Central School Field Hockey Coach Mary ann Bump has officially retired, and Teresa Colvin — hired this year as a WCS high school physical education teacher — is taking her place.

Fans of the sport who know that Bump has coached the field hockey teams to championships for over three decades, apparently don’t need to worry about this transition, however: Colvin has solid coaching experience that has helped guide athletes in two sports to Sectional tournament finals.

Busy mentoring her field hockey team this last week, Colvin was following Bump’s tradition of mixing high expectations with positive encouragement.

Colvin has deep personal experience in field hockey, having served as a goaltender years ago for Hudson Falls High School. In that role, she was named first team All-Star in Section II, and she was a key member of the Hudson Falls basketball and softball teams as well.

Graduating from Hudson Falls in 2000, Colvin pursued Physical Education studies at SUNY Cortland, graduating in 2004.

Prior to her position in Warrensburg, Colvin spent six years as a physical education teacher at Eldred Central school (Sullivan County) where she coached three Varsity sports: softball, basketball and soccer. Under her mentorship, the latter two teams reached the Section IX tournament finals, she said.

Colvin said Sept. 3 she was happy to take over a coaching position at Warrensburg in a sport with such a substantial legacy.

“It’s definitely exciting — it’s so good to walk into a well-oiled machine,” she said, praising Bump’s dedication to field hockey over three decades. “Mary ann’s invested a lot of time and effort into making the program the success it is.”

Colvin continued that she had considerable respect for the school — its academics as well as the spirit of the school community.

“I’ve been welcomed with open arms,” she said. “The faculty is really dedicated to what they do, and it’s so nice to be a part of it.”

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