Nicole Moore Named First Stetson Head Coach

Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier announced today that Nicole Moore has been selected to lead the Hatters' new women's lacrosse program.

Stetson will field its first women's lacrosse team as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference in the spring of 2013. The A-Sun will have a seven team league for women's lacrosse, a group that will include Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Detroit, Howard and Longwood in addition to the Hatters.

"I am really excited about bringing Nicole in to be our first women's lacrosse coach," Altier said. "She comes very highly recommended from some of the best coaches in the country and she has an abundance of experience as an assistant coach. I believe she is ready to make this step. It is time for her to be a head coach.

"I am confident that Nicole is the right choice to help Stetson University get its women's lacrosse program off and running, and lead us into the Atlantic Sun Conference."

Moore comes to Stetson from the University of Vermont, where she has spent the last two seasons. Prior to her time with the Catamounts, Moore spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2007-10). She worked primarily with the Owl defenders and helped guide Temple to a spot in the Atlantic-10 Tournament over the last three years. The Owls won the A-10 Championship in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament that season.

"I would like to thank Jeff Altier and the rest of the Stetson Athletic Administration for the opportunity to join the Stetson family and build the Stetson Lacrosse program," Moore said. "I would also like to thank the UVM administration for their support, and the great mentorship and support from both Bonnie Rosen (Temple) and Sandy Bridgeman (New Hampshire).

"Once I stepped onto the beautiful campus at Stetson and met the administrators and coaches of the Stetson Athletic department, I knew there was something very special here. The prestigious academics, coupled with a very successful vision of Stetson Lacrosse, were both huge draws for me to the university. There is a true feeling of pride, camaraderie and support, on campus and in the department. I knew I would fit in perfectly and would help to contribute to the success of Stetson, both in the classroom and on the field."

Prior to joining the Owl coaching staff, Moore served as an assistant coach at Canisius (2004-06). During her stint with the Lady Griffins she coached four All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference players, including an MAAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and a Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.

"This is a great move for both Nicole and Stetson University," Canisius head coach Scott Teeter said. "I'm very excited for her and believe she is the perfect person to build the Hatter program. Nicole brings a great amount of lacrosse knowledge with her. She has learned a number of coaching styles during her tenure and I have the full confidence that she will be able to implement the right system to lead the Stetson program."

In 2005, Moore helped the Lady Griffins to the program's first winning season in history with a 9-6 record. In 2006, the squad finished second in the MAAC with a 12-7 record. While at Canisius, Moore also served as an assistant coach and player on the MAAC All-Stars team in the International Friendship Games, held in Tokyo, Japan.

Liz Grote, the head coach at Division III power Bowdoin College in Maine, echoed Teeter's sentiments.

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