Ellie Hiller '21

What was your favorite athletic memory as a Tatnall Hornet?
Watching our field hockey team score against Delmar in the championship game of the state tournament my junior year. It was 27 degrees, and we were losing, but we were one of only three teams that scored a goal against them the entire season. 

What is the most important lesson playing sports at Tatnall taught you?
That friendship and teamwork will earn you more success than stand-alone talent. It is more valuable to move as a unit than to be one person calling the shots out of many. The team's win is everybody's success, not just the lead scorer's. 

What was the biggest difficulty you faced in your athletic career, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge that I faced was trying to keep a team together when coaches changed from year to year and players lost interest in each other and the sport. It was hard to try and motivate other people when there wasn't much certainty moving forward. It was a team effort to get through it because we realized that we had to rely on ourselves and trust each other to be there, whether in practice, in a game scenario, or in the off-season. 

If you could say one thing to younger Hornet athletes, what would it be?
Stick with it! Even if you're given the option to not play on the team, play. It is tough but rewarding, and you'll grow through all of the challenges you face as a team. And play a fall sport!! Getting to know people before the school year starts, especially if you're new, is so important, and with summer preseason, you'll get to know everyone. 

Who is a teammate or coach you would like to spotlight, and how did they help you as a Tatnall athlete?
I'd like to think that all of my coaches and teammates will stay close to my heart for a really long time. One teammate that I particularly strive to be like is Hadley Morgan '20. She led by example, and she was one hell of an athlete. She was always kind and considerate but made sure that we were doing the right thing. She helped me navigate things when I was voted as a junior captain, and she inspires me now while I act as a senior captain. And, of course, I have to add my own mom. I haven't had much of an athletic career without her in the picture, quite literally because she has coached me from when I started lacrosse and will until I officially finish it. I forget that not everyone has this experience, but when it does come into focus, it makes me appreciate her more as a mother and a teacher, and a coach. I've dealt with my fair share of coaches, and I've learned that pointing out expectations and stern talking-to's often scare players into performing better, but teenage girls typically respond better to encouragement and lessons. On her team, every player is recognized when they perform well, and it creates a positive and trusting environment. It makes it exciting to play. Even at the low points of the season, there is motivation for everyone. 

The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.