Julika Blankenship Leaves Washington College for Queens (NC)

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Julika Blankenship is stepping down as the head women's lacrosse coach at Washington College after five seasons to accept the same position at Division II Queens University of Charlotte.

In five years as the Shorewomen's head coach, Blankenship compiled a win-loss record of 49-32. She was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and led the Shorewomen to three consecutive Centennial Conference Tournament appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The team won 10 or more games each of those three seasons, marking the the first time in team history the Shorewomen have posted double-digit wins in three consecutive years.

In 2012, the Shorewomen played in the Centennial Conference Championship Game for the first time ever. The following season, Washington was nationally-ranked for the first time since 2002, reaching as high as 18th in the IWLCA Division III Top 20. Washington's 13 wins in 2013 were one shy of the school record of 14 set in 2000 and matched in 2003.

Prior to serving as head coach, Blankenship had spent three season's as an assistant coach on the Shorewomen's staff. She also spent four seasons (2009-2012) as the head women's soccer coach at Washington College.

"I am extremely grateful for the support that I have been given by Washington College in my time as both assistant and head coach," notes Blankenship. "WC is a very special place that has enabled me to learn and grow. I wish every program at Washington the best and look forward to watching them continue to develop and improve."

Queens University is coming off a 10-10 season in 2013, including a 5-2 mark in Conference Carolinas. It was the Royals' first season with a .500 or better winning percentage in five years.

A national search for Blankenship's successor will begin immediately.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte director of athletics Jeannie King announced the addition of Julika Blankenship to the Department of Athletics. Blankenship will join the Royals as the head women's lacrosse coach after leading Washington College's program for the past five seasons.

“Julika has demonstrated tremendous leadership, passion, and vision during her tenure at Washington College,” said King. “We believe that Julika is the right person to lead us into the South Atlantic Conference, and to return us to a top ten program nationally.”

The Shorewoman have turned in winning records four straight seasons with Blankenship at the helm. In 2011, she led her team to 11 wins, which was the most the program had seen since the 2003 season. The Shorewoman also reached the Centennial Conference Tournament that year picking up their first ever tournament victory, and Blankenship earned Coach of the Year honors.

Washington's 2013 season marked the third consecutive season that the Shorewoman would make an appearance in the conference tournament after posting an impressive 13-5 season record where they were ranked as high as 18th in the nation.

“I am blessed to be given this opportunity at Queens and look forward to leading the women's lacrosse program,” said Blankenship. “I am committed to making Queens competitive nationally, while maintaining excellent academic standing, and a creating a visible impact on the community through service to others.”

Before joining Washington's staff as an assistant in 2005 and getting promoted to the head coaching position in 2008, Blankenship served as an assistant coach at Division I University of California Davis from 2004-2005.

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