June 21, 2009

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Plymouth State Hires Blanchette

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PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University has announced an addition to its coaching staff with the naming of a new head women's lacrosse coach.

Kristin Blanchette has been appointed the new PSU women's lacrosse coach.  A 2006 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she was a team captain and four-year starter, Blanchette was the assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst last year after serving two years as assistant coach at Brown University.  She takes over for Abi Jackson, who is now the head coach of women's soccer and women's lacrosse at Roger Williams University.

Blanchette, who is currently playing for the Irish National Team at the World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, has gained valuable experience in her three seasons as an assistant coach.  She has also worked at numerous lacrosse camps and clinics and was a member of the United States Development Team from 2005-07.

"We had an outstanding pool of candidates for our women's lacrosse position," said PSU athletic director John P. Clark, "but Kristin Blanchette was very impressive to the committee and is a good fit for our program.  She has outstanding experience and a passion for the game, and her success in the sport of lacrosse speaks for itself.  We are excited to welcome Kristin to PSU as our new women's lacrosse coach and have full confidence that she will do a top-notch job."

A four-year starter at midfield for UNH and team captain as a senior, Blanchette helped the Wildcats to national rankings in 2004 and 2005, including a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2004.  She earned America East All-Conference First Team honors in 2006, when she was also a Regional All-Star and was selected to play in the prestigious North/South Senior All-Star game.  A native of Sudbury, Mass., Blanchette is also the older sister of former PSU defender Stephanie Blanchette (2004-07).

"It is an honor to become the new women's lacrosse coach at Plymouth State," said Blanchette.  "I'm very excited to see the possibilities that are in the program's future.  I feel it's a great fit for me and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity.  I look forward to meeting the members of the team and getting to work."


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