IWLCA Announces 2010 Coach of the Year Awards

The IWLCA recognized 13 coaches for their efforts during the 2010 season as the organization announced the National and Regional Coach of the Year awards. Salisbury's Jim Nestor, Adelphi's Joe Spallina and Maryland's Cathy Reese were each honored after their respective squads won the national championships in May. In addition, each of these coaches was named a Regional Coach of the Year; Nestor was one of seven honorees, Spallina was joined by one colleague, and Reese earned the recognition along with three other Division I coaches.

Jim Nestor coached the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team to their first Division III National Championship in front of 1,118 fans at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College. 2010 marks Salisbury's fourth consecutive final four appearances in the NCAA tournament and Nestor's ninth season at the helm. Salisbury has posted a winning record every season that Nestor has been head coach; his overall record at Salisbury stands at 157-20, including eight NCAA tournament appearances, three NCAA national championship game appearances, one National Championship and eight consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championships. Senior Kim Cudmore was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for her outstand! ing contributions to the Sea Gull lacrosse program.

Joe Spallina coached the Panthers to a record of 19-1 this past season and became the first coach in Division II history to capture back-to-back national titles. Spallina has compiled a record of 51-2 over the past three seasons. He has also guided Adelphi to three straight NCAA Division II Final Four Appearances, topping #3 Stonehill, 15-10 in the NCAA quarterfinals to earn a spot in this year's National Semifinal. He also produced the Northeast-10 Player of The Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Goalie of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2010, while earning Coach of the Year honors thanks to a spotless conference mark of 11-0. In addition, his team is ranked first in five of eight NCAA team categories and no lower than fourth in the other three. The Panthers also lay claim to the NCAA leader in points, points per game, assists and assists per game, while also boasting the second best goalkeeper in the game in goals against average and save percentage.

Maryland head coach Cathy Reese led her alma mater to the ACC Championship for the second year in a row and the first time in her career as the No. 2 seed. After receiving the NCAA Tournament's overall #1 seed, Maryland went on to win the National Championship. The Terps finished the year with a 22-1 record. The fourth-year head coach is an incredible 78-9 at the helm of the Maryland program and boasted three players on this year's Tewaaraton list of the final 25 candidates; along with 1 player on the list of 5 finalists. Her squad had a conference-high five picks on the All-ACC tea! m, in addition to garnering ACC Player of the Year honors and Rookie of the Year honors. Reese was also named ACC Co-Coach of the Year, earning the lofty honor for the third time in a mere four seasons at the helm of the Terrapin program. The Terps are ranked among the nation's elite in points (5th), scoring offense (10th), scoring defense (1st), scoring margin (3rd) and win percentage (1st). They have held 18 of its foes to 10 or fewer goals this season.

IWLCA Coaches of the Year

Division I

National Coach of the Year:
Cathy Reese, Maryland

Regional Coaches of the Year:
Mid-Atlantic: Missy Doherty, Towson
North: Lindsey Hart, Univ. of Albany
South: Cathy Reese, Maryland
West/Midwest: Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern

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