Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/20/15
From Press Release
Monmouth University women’s lacrosse coach Denise Wescott (Moorestown) has stepped down from her position to take the Director of Lacrosse position at the Capitol Lacrosse Club, effective immediately.
“We thank Denise for her six years at Monmouth University,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil. “Under her direction the program has seen significant growth, including the transition to the highly competitive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She was responsible for a pair of conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths and the program is poised for continued success because of her effort and dedication over the last six seasons.”
Wescott owned a 61-54 record in her six seasons, leading Monmouth to a regular season conference championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013. She was named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 when she guided the Hawks to a perfect 9-0 regular season conference record. That season saw Monmouth take home every major end of season conference Award, including Offensive, Defensive, Rookie and Goaltender of the Year. Wescott owned an impressive 38-15 conference record over six seasons and mentored 26 Hawks to all-league honors. Recently, juniors Kristina Vangeli and Marial Pierce earned All-American honors by MidMajorLax.com.
“I loved coaching here at Monmouth, the University has so much to offer our student athletes,” said Wescott. “It has been an honor working with the players and families in our lacrosse program that have worked hard to bring us some conference championships and continue to get better and compete with higher level programs. I leave Monmouth for a new professional opportunity and can think of no better way to finish my Div. I coaching career. I thank the Athletic Department for their support and will always be a Monmouth Hawk!”
In 2015 Monmouth was 12-6 and earned the third seed in the MAAC Tournament, losing by one in the semifinals to the eventual champions. In two seasons in the MAAC, Wescott guided Monmouth to back to back tournament appearances, seven All-MAAC selections and an 11-5 league record.
Wescott also served as head coach at Delaware from 1994-2004.
A search will begin immediately to find the fifth coach in the 22 year history of the program.