Angela McMahon Named New UMass Lacrosse Head Coach

AMHERST, Mass. - Angela McMahon has been named the new University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse head coach as announced by Director of Athletics John McCutcheon on Friday, July 9. McMahon has served the last two years as the head coach at the University of Connecticut and will replace Alexis Venechanos, who accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State. A native of Weston, Mass., this will be McMahon's second stint with the Minutewomen lacrosse program after she served as associate head coach for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

"We are excited to have Angela rejoin the UMass women's lacrosse program as our new head coach," said McCutcheon. "She was an important piece in building the UMass program during her time here setting the stage for the last two Atlantic 10 titles and NCAA Tournament berth."

The Minutewomen are coming off A-10 Championship titles in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, UMass also won the A-10 regular season title and earned its first berth to the NCAA Tournament in 25 years.

"I am thrilled and honored to return to the University of Massachusetts. I would like to thank Athletic Director John McCutcheon and Associate Athletic Director Dan Markowski for giving me this amazing opportunity to lead the women's lacrosse program. I would also like to thank UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway for my wonderful experience at Connecticut," said McMahon.

"Alexis did an amazing job of returning the program to the top of the Atlantic 10 and to again be a nationally recognized program. With my familiarity with the program, players, and departmental philosophy, I know we will continue to build upon the tradition of success Alexis and I began together four years ago."

This will be McMahon's third head coaching job after also serving as the head coach at Division II Bentley in 2006. She joined UMass as associate head coach in 2007 during Venechanos' first year with the program.

McMahon, 28, posted a 12-21 overall record and a 4-11 record in the Big East in two seasons at UConn after taking over as head coach prior to the 2009 campaign. In her first year, the Huskies went 3-13 after the program went 1-15 the season before her arrival. In 2010, McMahon guided UConn to its first winning season since 2007 with a 9-8 overall record.

During her associate head coaching stint at UMass, McMahon was responsible for many of the day-to-day coaching and practice decisions along with organizing the Minutewomen's recruiting efforts, alumnae relations and scouting. She worked primarily with the attacks on offense. She played a crucial role in guiding UMass to the 2008 Atlantic 10 finals for the first time in five seasons, helping her earn a spot at the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in December 2008.

In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the Minutewomen, McMahon established and coordinated a partnership between the A-10 Conference and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a charitable organization created to raising public awareness regarding pediatric brain tumors. She also directed all UMass camps, clinics and local tournaments.

Prior to UMass, McMahon served as head coach of Bentley's women's lacrosse program during the 2006 season. While there, she guided the NCAA Division II Falcons to a 7-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Northeast 10 Conference. At Bentley, she also served as a member of the Division II North Regional Lacrosse Committee.

McMahon began her collegiate lacrosse career at UMass before transferring to Northwestern in 2001 to help rebuild a program that had been dormant for the previous 11 years. She spent three seasons with the Wildcats on attack where she finished her career with 44 goals and 23 assists.

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