December 23, 2009

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'09 Rewind: Lauren Paul, Female Coach of the Year

If there is such a thing as stepping into a firestorm as a first-time coach of an NCAA finalist, Paul

Franklin and Marshall's Lauren Paul, a 2003 F&M grad, won the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship in her first year as a head coach.

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may have done just that.

The Diplomats had lost the 2008 national championship game to Hamilton and, soon after, longtime coach Anne Phillips to Division I Yale.

Paul, a 2003 F&M grad, stepped in and steadied the ship, directing the Diplomats to a 21-1 record and their second NCAA title in three years. F&M avenged two losses along the way, defeating Hamilton in the NCAA tournament and beating Salisbury, which handed the Dips their lone regular-season defeat, in the final.

The IWLCA named Paul its Division III Coach of the Year.

What will she do for an encore?

HONORABLE MENTION

Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern
Whatever message Hiller sent Katrina Dowd with a three-game stint coming off the bench was received by Northwestern’s eventual leading scorer.

Sue Heether, Team USA
Heether transitioned a past-its-prime U.S. program into an athletic team that avenged the 2005 loss to Australia.

Cathy Reese, Maryland
Reese took a youthful Terp team to an unbeaten regular season, the ACC championship and within a goal of the NCAA final.


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