Gombar Named Maine Maritime's First Head Lacrosse Coach

Sarah Gombar has been named Maine Maritime's head women's lacrosse coach, Director of Athletics Steve Peed announced Monday. Gombar will coach the inaugural club team in 2014 before women's lacrosse becomes a NCAA Division III program in 2015.

"I am thrilled to become part of the Maine Maritime Academy family," Gombar said. "To have the opportunity to develop a lacrosse program and share my love of the game at an exceptional institution like Maine Maritime Academy is truly an honor. I am excited for what is in store for this program and for what this means for present and future Mariners that will take the field."

Gombar, a Saginaw, Mich. native, is currently a coach for the Women's Lacrosse Club team at the University of Mississippi, which participates in WCLA Division I. She coached for Pure Advantage Lacrosse Club in Grand Rapids, Mich. prior to Mississippi and was a high school and middle school lacrosse coach for three years.

"It was clear to us throughout the process that Sarah lives and breathes her core values, which are perfectly aligned with the direction we are headed as a department and an institution," said Peed. "She is a fully-realized individual that will be an incredible mentor for not only her athletes, but all of Maine Maritime Academy's young women."

Gombar played collegiate lacrosse at Davenport University for three seasons. She made starts at goalie, defense, attack and midfield and was named to the National Women's Lacrosse League All-Conference team.

"Sarah is clearly an inspiring and motivational leader," said Senior Woman Administrator Tricia Carver-Watson. " We look forward to her immediate and extended contributions to building our lacrosse program. Personally, I'm excited for our student-athletes.

Gombar is currently working with Applied Cognitive Engineering to develop Lacrosse Intelligym, an online lacrosse mental enhancement program.

Gombar received her Bachelor of Business Administrations degree in Human Resource Management from Davenport and is currently working towards her Masters Degree of Higher Education.

Gombar will also work with Student Life at Maine Maritime, which she has a wealth of experience in as a Resident Assistant at Davenport and the Graduate Community Director at Mississippi.

Gombar assumes her roles on Feb. 15.

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