Florida Tech Selects Desrosiers as First Lacrosse Head Coach

MELBOURNE, Fla. Florida Tech Athletics Director Bill Jurgens named Corinne Desrosiers (Duh-ROW-sures), former head coach at NCAA Division II Merrimack College, the Panthers' first head women's lacrosse coach on Wednesday. She will have one year to recruit in preparation for the inaugural 2014-15 season.

"The University is excited about the addition of women's lacrosse and the hiring of Coach Desrosiers," Jurgens said. "She has strong experience at the Division II level and developing student-athletes. I am confident that under Coach Desrosiers' leadership, we will be a strong contender at the national level."

Desrosiers, formerly Corinne Baker, spent the last six seasons leading the Merrimack Warriors in arguably the toughest conference in Division II, the Northeast-10 Conference. Taking over the reins in 2008, Desrosiers led her Warriors to an 8-6 record, a 7-3 conference mark and a conference tournament berth. Her teams reached the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament five straight years from 2008-12.

In 2010, her squad set a school record in wins after finishing the season with a 12-3 record and a No. 9 national ranking. She was named WomensLacrosse.com Division II National Coach of the Year following the season. Her team also won 12 games in 2011 and was ranked nationally from 2010-12.

"I am honored that Florida Tech has bestowed their faith in me to begin what will be a fantastic addition to an already successful athletic department," Desrosiers said of being handed the program's key. "The growth in women's lacrosse nationwide is very exciting and the new teams springing up in the South are rising to prominence extremely quickly given the various resources and support applied to them in their beginning stages. Florida Tech has provided me and my family with a challenging new adventure to raise the bar of lacrosse in the South Region and we are thrilled to become part of the Panther family."

Under Desrosiers watch, Merrimack compiled a 52-44 overall record and a 42-25 conference record from 2008-13. Her wins total was the most of any Merrimack women's lacrosse coach since the program's inaugural season in 1998-99.

"I believe [Florida Tech] will create its own success story given its academic integrity, location and support from the entire community," Desrosiers said. "I am more than happy to bring in the first group of women's lacrosse players to wear the Florida Tech uniform to play against already known powers inside the Sunshine State Conference of Rollins and Florida Southern along with fellow newcomers Saint Leo and Tampa. The most exciting part of all this is that we truly get to start from scratch and put a personal stamp on what Florida Tech women's lacrosse is going to be: an established tradition of success."

During her six seasons at Merrimack, Desrosiers recruited, developed and coached several players who excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Her 2012 team was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association Academic Squad with a combined 3.2 cumulative grade point average. In 2010, Desrosiers' squad received the inaugural Northeast-10 Academic Excellence Award as the top program within the conference for overall GPA.

She graduated several All-Americans, including three during the 2010 season, while also developing several all-academic, all-region and all-conference student-athletes. One of her three All-Americans in 2010 was also named the Unsung Hero of Division II by WomensLacrosse.com.

She was also the director of student-athlete welfare at Merrimack from August 2011 to June 2013. She oversaw 400 student-athletes, focusing on the student-athlete experience, academic success and progression, and retention along with transition efforts.

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