Longley Named Head Lacrosse Coach at Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Interim head coach Liz Longley has been promoted to the permanent position of head coach of women's lacrosse at Connecticut College, effective immediately.

Longley, a former All-American and captain of Hamilton College's 2007 NCAA Elite 8 team, joined the program on an interim basis in October of 2011 and promptly directed the Camels to their best conference finish in four years.

"I want to thank Connecticut College for the opportunity to build on the foundation laid in 2012 in our effort to make our women's lacrosse program into a national contender," Longley said.

Brianna Miller '13, a co-captain of the squad and 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region standout, is pleased with the appointment and looking forward to an exciting senior season with Longley.

"Liz is setting high expectations for the team and the future of the program," Miller said. "Coming within one goal of the NESCAC tournament last season was the first step, and I am confident that Liz will bring us to the next level. We are excited to have her officially on board."

Prior to coaching at Connecticut College, Longley served for one season as head coach at Oberlin and spent three years as an assistant coach at Lynchburg College. At Lynchburg, Longley helped lead the Hornets from an 8-9 mark in 2008 to a 14-4 record and the program's inaugural appearance in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in 2010.

Fran Shields, Connecticut College's Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education, says Longley has proved that she can meet the challenges of competing in the toughest Division III lacrosse conference in the country. "In only one year, Liz has demonstrated a great work ethic. Her passion for the sport and commitment to recruitment efforts are impressive," noted Shields.

Longley earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Hamilton and received her master's degree in counseling from Lynchburg.

2012-10-07



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