Stony Brook Names Defliese, Hillier Assistants

Caitlin Defliese and Kim Hillier have been named assistant coaches for Stony Brook, head coach Joe Spallina announced Tuesday. The pair are both Nassau County natives, who come to Stony Brook with extensive Division I playing experience and success.

"I am excited to add two dynamic lacrosse minds to this staff," Spallina said. "Caitlin and Kim have deep Long Island ties with a strong history of success and championships, which is critical to what we are building here. We want to recruit the best players on Long Island, and I am confident Caitlin and Kim will have a tremendous impact in doing so."

Defliese was Spallina's top assistant at Adelphi during the 2011 season, helping guide the team to its third consecutive NCAA Div. II national championship. She primarily worked with the team's defense and specialized in draw controls, helping the Panthers finish No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense with a 5.95 goals per game allowed average.

Defliese was a four-year letterwinner on defense at Boston University and helped the Terriers win four straight America East championships and reach a No. 8 national ranking. She was a first-team All-America East selection in 2010 after posting 36 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers.

Defliese is a Garden City, N.Y., native and product of Garden City High School, which she helped reach the New York state finals twice, including a championship win in 2006. During her senior year in 2006, she was named All-County, All-Long Island and All-America and was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America game.

"Having worked with Caitlin last year, it was essential that she join me here at Stony Brook," Spallina said. "She has an outstanding lacrosse mind and a winning pedigree. She is a tireless worker and a proven winner, someone who can relate to the players and dissect the x's and o's."

Hillier comes to Stony Brook after three seasons as an assistant coach at Long Island University in Brooklyn. Prior to that, Hillier enjoyed a standout career at Hofstra, finishing as the school's all-time leader in assists (82) and second in points scored (215). She was a four-time All-CAA and IWLCA All-Region performer and a two-time All-American, earning IWLCA second team honors in 2006 and third team honors in 2007.

Named to the CAA's Silver Anniversary team in women's lacrosse, Hillier was also the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2004. As a senior, she helped Hofstra win the 2007 CAA Championship after scoring a team-high 52 points. She went on to also compete for the U.S. Developmental team in 2007.

Hillier is a 2007 graduate of Hofstra, earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is a native of Farmingdale, N.Y., and previously has served as the head coach of the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets (2003-08) and as the director of the Long Island Hornets Lacrosse (2003-05). She was a two-time All-America selection at Farmingdale High School, where she helped the varsity girls team to Nassau County and Long Island championships and a spot in the New York state finals in 2002.

"I have known Kim for a long time and bringing her aboard was an absolute no-brainer," Spallina said. "Kim is someone who is a true competitor and will never be out worked. She will demand and get 100 percent from our team every day."

The additions of Defliese and Hillier completes the staff for Spallina, who was hired in June after leading Adelphi to three consecutive NCAA Div. II national championships.


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