James Madison's Linnertz Promoted to Associate Head Coach

HARRISONBURG, Va., May 22, 2012 -- James Madison University lacrosse coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe has announced the promotion of Katie Linnertz to associate head coach.

Linnertz joined the JMU program as assistant coach in 2010, and the Dukes have made two appearances in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game in her two seasons with the program. JMU won the CAA title and advanced to NCAA postseason play in 2011, and the Dukes lost by a single-goal in the 2012 CAA title game.

As the program's defensive coordinator, Linnertz has coached a JMU team that is among the national leaders on defense. The Dukes ranked ninth in the NCAA in team defense (8.58) in 2011 and 18th in 2012 (9.5). This spring JMU senior defender Cally Chakrian was selected the CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

"Katie's desire to help JMU lacrosse reach its potential shows through in all aspects of her work," said Klaes-Bawcombe. "I trust her vision, I trust her decisions and I trust her ability to motivate our student-athletes in all areas. Katie's confidence in her coaching and administrative abilities allows her to constantly challenge me to help make our program the best it can be. She is a true asset to this program and deserves this title change."

Prior to coming to JMU, Linnertz was an assistant coach at Boston University, where she was the team's defensive coordinator. During her tenure with BU, the Terriers won three America East championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments. BU advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2009. The team's overall record during Linnertz's three seasons as assistant coach was 44-16.

The 2007 George Mason graduate was a four-year starter on defense for the Patriots. She was an All-CAA Second Team selection in 2005.

Linnertz is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, where she earned all-league and All-Central New York honors.


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