Florida Tech Selects Desrosiers as First Lacrosse Head Coach

"I am going to be looking for an athlete with a high academic standard, one that will flourish given the curriculum here," Desrosiers said. "With a new program, my lacrosse focus will be honing in on the most athletic individuals that we can find to round out our core and gather a few position-specific players to tie the ends of the field together. Since everyone will be a new face to our team, it provides us a unique opportunity to recruit an array of talented players and develop them together for our first season in the spring of 2015.

"As a coach at the Division II level, I believe our focus needs to truly be on the well-rounded student-athlete. We have a commitment to family, academics and our sport. However, I would not be in this game if winning on the field was not also important. I will try to bring an environment of energy and focus to this program from day one for all of our young women to thrive in. I get to help write the first chapter in the book of women's lacrosse at Florida Tech, and I can't think of anything more exciting than that."

Prior to Merrimack, Desrosiers was an assistant coach for Division III lacrosse and field hockey at University of New England at Biddeford in Maine beginning in August 2006. Her duties included scouting, recruiting and organizing the program in-season and out of season. Following her season there, Desrosiers spent one season as the assistant coach for Northeast-10 rival Bryant University.

A 2006 graduate of Bridgewater State College, Desrosiers owns the school record for draw controls in a game, season and career. She was a two-time captain and 2006 Prague Cup selection. While at Bridgewater State, she was the head coach of the Bridgewater Youth Lacrosse Team from 2004-06.

With the addition of women's lacrosse, FIT now offers 22 varsity sports. Eleven of those sports have been added since Dr. Anthony J. Catanese was named the institution's president in 2002.

Currently, the Sunshine State Conference does not sponsor women's lacrosse, however, it anticipates adding the sport within the next few years. FIT competes in the SSC in 16 sports and men's lacrosse will be the 17th sport starting in spring 2014.

Read about what Desrosiers' peers said about her coaching success and new position with the Florida Tech Panthers below.

Jen Fox, Former Merrimack women's lacrosse player: "Corinne is one of the most dedicated and passionate coaches I have ever worked with. Her drive, energy and love for the game of lacrosse is something that never goes unnoticed. She is truly a leader who brings out the best in people both on and off the field. Her spirit and hardworking nature are both contagious and reflect through her teams. Corinne is the type of coach who is always engaged with her team and is full of life. She honestly pours her heart and soul into her coaching because coaching to her is her life and she loves it. I am certain that Corinne will bring her positive energy, knowledge of the game and competitive drive to Florida Tech. She knows how to build a successful team as well as a positive experience within her team culture."

Mike Morgan, Merrimack head men's lacrosse coach: "[Corinne] brings a great energy and passion for the game. Having been around the game at the college level for seven years now, she has the knowledge to coach young players and develop them over four years. She is a real student of the game and the players will take to her preparedness. Her personality is contagious and recruits will be excited about the opportunity to play for her. [Corinne] will bring the experience of running a successful program in one of the top women's lacrosse conferences in the country. Corinne will know what it takes to be successful at the Division II level and will work hard for a new team to get them there."

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