Wingate Names Caline McHenry Olmsted First-Ever Head Coach

Wingate, N.C.---Wingate University vice-president and director of athletics Steve Poston announces the appointment of Caline McHenry Olmsted as the school's first-ever head women's lacrosse coach. The Bulldog family will introduce McHenry Olmsted at a 2:00 p.m. Thursday press conference in LaVerne Banquet Hall on the Wingate campus. The Wingate University Sports Network will provide a free video stream.

Most recently, McHenry Olmsted served as a volunteer assistant women's lacrosse coach at Duke University during the 2012 season. A Duke graduate, McHenry Olmsted spent four years as the head women's lacrosse coach at Bucknell University. As a Duke Blue Devil student-athlete, McHenry Olmsted was a first team All-America and Tewaaraton Trophy semifinalist her senior season. In addition, she has experience with the USA women's lacrosse national team.

"We feel very fortunate to have Caline McHenry Olmsted as the first head coach of our women's lacrosse program," Poston says. "She brings a great love for the game and a commitment to the academic success for the student-athletes involved in her program. I am confident she will produce a high-quality women's lacrosse program which will quickly compete for a South Atlantic Conference championship."

"It is always exciting to introduce a new sport to our Wingate fans," Poston says. "I am glad we are able to provide another competitive opportunity for female student-athletes who want the chance to further their education. I am certain Bulldog Nation will enjoy learning the game of women's lacrosse."

"I would like to thank Dr. Jerry McGee, Mr. Steve Poston, Ms. Michelle Caddigan and members of the athletic department at Wingate University for the opportunity to start a new women's lacrosse program," McHenry Olmsted says. "My experiences as a student-athlete at Duke University, along with my coaching opportunities at Ohio University, Davidson College, Bucknell University and Duke University have given me the background and knowledge to build a successful program."

While at Bucknell, McHenry Olmsted coached eight players to All-Patriot League first or second team honors. She also mentored one Patriot League Goalie of the Year. She monitored the team's academic progress as Bucknell improved its GPA each year. McHenry Olmsted coached one IWLCA first team All-USA Academic choice, two Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year and 46 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll Award winners. The team members also became involved with service by regularly participating in various volunteer activities to support the school and the community.

At Bucknell, she collaborated with the administration, maintained team budgets, remained compliant with NCAA and Patriot League policies, scheduled practices and games, planned team travel and developed practice plans and game strategy. Her responsibility in leading team fundraising included outreach to the campus community as the Bison hosted an Eight-Meter Shootout fundraiser, pairing student-athletes with members of the faculty.

McHenry Olmsted was a two-time All-ACC selection during her Duke playing days. The Blue Devils won the ACC championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Final Four in 2005. McHenry Olmsted was also involved with the United States national team as a member of the USA Developmental Team from 2005-06 and the USA Elite Team from 2006-07.

Prior to her time at Bucknell, she served as a graduate assistant coach at Ohio University and as an assistant coach at Davidson. A native of Reisterstown, Md., McHenry Olmsted earned a B.A. degree in Psychology at Duke and a Masters in Recreation and Sport Sciences at Ohio University. McHenry Olmsted and her husband, former Duke swimmer and orthodontist Dr. Matthew Olmsted, are relocating to the Charlotte area.

Wingate's first women's lacrosse season is slated for the spring of 2014. Women's lacrosse is one of four new South Atlantic Conference sports on the league's 2013-14 horizons. "I am looking forward to coaching a talented group of student-athletes," McHenry Olmsted says. "As I enter this new adventure, I am grateful to Kerstin Kimel, head lacrosse coach at Duke University and Tim Pavlechko, deputy director of athletics at Bucknell University, for their continued support."

2012-10-09



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