Emerson College Names Paula Habel as New Head Coach

Paula Habel has taken over the reins of the Emerson College women's lacrosse program as the first full-time head coach in the program's history. Habel brings head coaching experience at Plymouth State University (N.H.) and Allegheny College (Pa.) to the position.

In 2010, Habel coached Allegheny to its first winning season since 2006, tying the team record for wins in a single season with nine. The Gators were ranked regionally throughout the season reaching as high as fourth in the West Region.

Habel was also the head coach at Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H., during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. She led the Panthers to the 2006 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament by winning both the regular season and conference tournament in the Little East Conference. Her 2006 squad compiled a 13-5 record and she was named the Little East Coach of the Year.

Between her two head coaching opportunities, Habel was an assistant coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The Polar Bears were nationally ranked throughout the season and Habel was responsible for developing and implementing offensive plays and tactics. She also spent time with the lacrosse program at Division I Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, before that program was eliminated by the University.

Habel is a graduate of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass. While at Bridgewater, she played both lacrosse and basketball for the Bears, and served as the captain for both teams. She was the New England Women's Lacrosse Association Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and was selected to play in the prestigious North-South All-Star Game following her senior year. Habel continues to hold the Bears' record for most points in a game (13) and she remains in the top five in the Bridge-water record book in seven different offensive categories.

Habel has also coached basketball at the college level serving as an assistant coach while at Plymouth State and also at Stonehill College. While at Stonehill the Skyhawks were ranked in the top five in Division II nationally throughout the season. She has worked at over a dozen summer basketball and/or lacrosse camps.

A former member of the NCAA Division III Regional Ranking Committee, Habel has served on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association Division III Branding Committee and the Regional All-America Committee.

Administratively, Habel has worked on various fundraising initiatives throughout her career and as a venue supervisor for home contests. She has also taught physical education courses on the college level.

In addition to her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bridgewater where she graduated Cum Laude, Habel earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State. She has attended professional development opportunities presented by the IWLCA, US Lacrosse, and the NCAA, and contributed to numerous student leadership exercises.

2010-10-21



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