Durepo, Schairer Named Assistant Coaches at UMass Lowell

LOWELL (Aug. 23, 2013) Ashley Durepo, a native of Concord, N.H. and Matt Schairer, a native of Wrentham, Mass. were named assistant coaches of the UMass Lowell women's and men's lacrosse programs, head coaches Carissa Medeiros and Ed Stephenson announced on Friday.

Both Durepo and Schairer come to UMass Lowell at an exciting time as both programs are in the building process and set to begin NCAA Division I and America East Conference competition in 2015.

Durepo comes to Lowell following assistant coaching stints at the University of Southern Maine, her alma mater New Hampshire as well as Seacoast United, all of which followed a stellar playing career at UNH from 2005-09.

Similarly, Schairer joins the River Hawks after serving last season as an assistant coach at Endicott College. He was a former standout at Keene State College from 2009-12.

Durepo has been a fixture in the coaching circles since her undergraduate days at UNH, starting with the Lighthouse Lacrosse Camps and Seacoast United Lacrosse Club where she worked with players of all ages, planned tournaments and helped guide high school players with the recruiting process.

"With us coming into Division I for the first time, Ashley will be an invaluable asset for us," said Medeiros. "I've known Ashley through the ranks. Her head coaches all raved about her recruiting eye and her ability to spot talent. That is exactly what we need right now.

"She is very passionate and loves coaching lacrosse," Medeiros added. "Those things were huge for me."

From 2009-10, Durepo established Seacoast United's South Central Maine branch and served as Director of Lacrosse.

Simultaneously, she was an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine and helped the Huskies to the 2010 Little East Conference Championship.

Durepo moved on to her alma mater in 2012 and had her hand in all roles within the program, including practice planning, academic support, fundraising as well as serving as the co-director of the Wildcats overnight camp.

Durepo was a decorated player at UNH, earning America East Conference All-Rookie Team status as a freshman and Second Team honors her sophomore and junior seasons. She helped lead the Wildcats to the America East title game in three of four years as well as the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Over the course of her career, UNH went 43-30 overall, including 25-13 her junior and senior years.

A sociology major/business management minor, Durepo was also a model student with a 3.36 cumulative grade point average. She lives in Manchester, N.H.

Schairer comes to UMass Lowell after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Endicott College, where he helped the Gulls to the 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season championship (7-1) and a 13-6 overall clip.

Schairer has also been active on the camp and clinic circuit, most recently serving as the Field Director for the Keene Youth Lacrosse Festival in 2012. He also held an administrative position with the World Series of Lacrosse in Norwood, Mass., and was an assistant director for Primetime Lacrosse, which oversees men's and high school leagues and clinics.

"I'm really excited for our future student-athletes. They are going to have a great role model in Matt Schairer," said Stephenson. "He is a proven winner, a team player, and a born leader.

"Matt is going to have a great rapport with the guys," Stephenson added. "He is smart, creative and a very good communicator."

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