McHugh Promoted, Kolarik Hired by Lehigh Lacrosse Program

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh head lacrosse coach Jill Redfern has announced the promotion of Shannon McHugh to top assistant and the addition of former UVa goalie Kim Kolarik to the coaching staff. The duo brings impressive playing and coaching experience to the Mountain Hawks. McHugh is promoted after one year with the program as second assistant.

"We feel very fortunate to have Shannon and Kim as members of our staff," said Redfern. "Shannon has proven herself to be a tireless recruiter and teacher over the past year. She is passionate about lacrosse and the future of our program."

McHugh worked extensively with Lehigh's goalkeepers and midfielders last season after a standout playing career at Cornell. She scored 71 career goals for the Big Red, earning honorable mention All-Ivy League as a junior and second teams laurels as a senior.

Kolarik comes to Lehigh after a standout playing career for the Virginia Cavaliers.

"Kim has an outstanding reputation in the lacrosse world as well," said Redfern. "Her character and values are an excellent match with those of the young women in our program."

Despite just graduating this past May, Kolarik does own extensive coaching experience. The past two years, she's served as co-head coach for Chesapeake Club Lacrosse based out of Annapolis, Md. She was primarily responsible for the instruction of the goalies. A year prior, she was a goalie coach for the Charlottesville Lacrosse Club in Virginia.

Kolarik played four seasons at the University of Virginia, where she earned her degree in History in 2013. While there, she help lead the Cavaliers to a top 10 ranking and four ACC and NCAA Tournament appearances. She was nominated for the Tewaaraton Award last season, was a three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week in 2012, a VaSID All-State Second Team Performer and played in the IWLCA/Under Armour North-South Senior All-Star Game. Kolarik also received the Betty and Money Yates Award, which is given to the player demonstrating dedication, support and leadership.

Before Virginia, Kolarik was an Under Armour All-American and one of Sports Illustrated's Top 100 girls lacrosse players at South River High School.

"Shannon's experiences at Cornell and Kim's at UVA parallel the experiences we want for our student-athletes at Lehigh," said Redfern. "We look forward to all that they'll contribute to our competitive effort as well as their mentorship of our athletes."

Lehigh wrapped up its season at 4-12 and 1-5 in Patriot League play, but a young team showed strong flashes. The Mountain Hawks dropped two one-goal finals in league play while enjoying impressive stretches against some of the nation's best.


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