Denise Wescott Named IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University head lacrosse coach Denise Wescott has been named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Wescott guided the Hawks to a 13-7 overall record in 2013, winning its fifth conference title while going a perfect 9-0 in conference play. Monmouth rode a school record 12-game win streak into the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the fifth time in the 19th seasons MU has sponsored the sport.

"It's always nice to be recognized by your peers, but I also know this award is shared with my assistant coaches for all they do," said Wescott. "It is also created by all the hard work our team put in and how they created success in the games they won, and winning the NEC Championship last season. So I think it is a collective award and I want to thank the team and my staff."

Monmouth has won back to back conference championships under Wescott, who begins her fifth season at the helm of the Hawks. The 2013 NEC Coach of the Year owns a 41-34 record and a 28-10 mark in conference play at Monmouth. Last season Monmouth won every major post season conference award and had two Second Team All-Region selections.

Wescott and the Hawks open their first season as part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on February 15, 2014 when Fresno State comes to Monmouth Stadium.

[Editor's note: When the IWLCA announced its regional and national coaches of the year in June, they named Missy Doherty of Penn State as the Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year. As it happens, Penn State is grouped with the West/Midwest Region.]


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