Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/18/16
From Press Release
The United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) has selected four current collegiate lacrosse head coaches to serve as head coaches for the league’s four teams during its inaugural season. With more than 35 years of combined head coaching experience, Jen Adams (Loyola) in Baltimore, Amy Patton (Dartmouth, Unionville grad) in Boston, Shannon Smith (Hofstra) in Long Island and Missy Doherty (Penn State) in Philadelphia are among the elite coaches in the lacrosse world.
“Each of these four coaches brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience that is not only key to the development of players, but also will lay the groundwork for the success of the UWLX, ” said Commissioner Michele “DJ” DeJuliis. “They share our vision of establishing a league for women to go beyond their college lacrosse careers and will be at the forefront of empowering female athletes to play forward their talents.”
Boston: Amy Patton (Unionville), Dartmouth Head Coach
“I am thrilled to be involved with the start of this League,” Patton said. “The caliber of play will be outstanding for both the teams competing and the fans to watch. Spectators and especially young girls will have the opportunity to watch wonderful role models perform at an elite level. From a coaching perspective, this is ground breaking, and I am passionate and enthusiastic about being one of the coaches to work with such great leaders and talent. I am excited for such a great opportunity.”
The 2015 season was the 23rd for head coach Amy Patton at Dartmouth, having led the Big Green to unprecedented success both within the Ivy League and on the national scale. With 241 career wins, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine Ivy League championships and four NCAA Final Fours to her credit, Patton is one of the nation’s elite coaches.
Dartmouth has been a model of consistency under Patton, ranked in the IWLCA top-20 during all but one season that she has coached and has ranked in the top-10 nationally in 18 of those, including in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As a program, Dartmouth is one of just five teams to be ranked during every season from 1988 when the polls began through 2013.
In 23 years as Dartmouth’s head coach, Patton owns a 241-130 overall record, 116-40 in Ivy League play, winning nearly 75 percent of Dartmouth’s conference games. Since her arrival in Hanover in 1993, the Big Green has reached double figures in wins 17 times and advanced past the NCAA first round seven times. Patton’s teams are no strangers to perfection, five times winning the Ivy League unbeaten, most recently in 2005. From 1997-2001, Dartmouth won 22 consecutive Ancient Eight contests, en route to three-straight 7-0 championship seasons.
Perhaps most important, Dartmouth’s players develop both as athletes and people during their time in Hanover. Since 1993, Patton has coached 33 first team All-Ivy players, honored 56 times. Also in that time, Dartmouth boasts 30 All-Americans honored 47 times, including 21 first-team honorees. Patton has mentored five Ivy League Players of the Year, four Ivy Rookies of the Year, a national player of the year and a national defensive player of the year.
Patton is a 1988 Maryland graduate where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. As an athlete, Patton was a four-year letter winner in both lacrosse and field hockey, earning All-America and All-ACC accolades. She was a member of Maryland’s 1986 NCAA national championship lacrosse team and earned the Terps’ scholar-athlete award.
Patton has recorded 241 career wins and made appearances in 13 NCAA Tournaments, nine Ivy League championships and four NCAA final fours. (John isley)
Philadelphia: Missy Doherty, Penn State Head Coach
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of this venture,” Doherty said. “To be able to provide a greater opportunity for women’s lacrosse athletes to compete, after college is amazing. I can’t wait to work with some of the great women lax players.”
Doherty is in her sixth year at the helm of the Nittany Lions, who are looking to defend their Big Ten Tournament title in 2016. Under Doherty’s guidance, Penn State has reached four straight NCAA Tournaments and three NCAA Quarterfinals.
The 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year, ECAC Coach of the Year and IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year, Doherty led PSU to a 16-5 mark in 2015. Penn State went 13-1 late in the season to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals and narrowly missed the program’s first semifinals appearance in 16 years. Doherty coached three IWLCA All-Americans, six IWLCA All-Region players and five All-Big Ten honorees including Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Emi Smith.
Prior to arriving at Penn State, Doherty was the head coach at Towson for seven years. She also coached at Princeton, Brown and Vanderbilt.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland, Doherty (nee Holmes) was a four-year letter-winning defender, helping the Terrapins claim three NCAA championships. Maryland was a dominant force in collegiate women’s lacrosse during her career, amassing a remarkable 68-2 record, including an NCAA record 50-game winning streak. Also a standout in the classroom, Doherty was a three-time honoree on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
In 2010, Doherty earned a master’s degree in biology from Towson University.
Baltimore: Jen Adams, Loyola Head Coach
“I am extremely honored and excited to be a part of history with the inaugural UWLX. I am deeply passionate and inspired by this sport and its growth at the post-collegiate level. To give these outstanding athletes the chance to extend their playing careers on a professional platform is something I have wished for in my lifetime. As a coach I plan to bring top level players together to deliver an innovative and dynamic brand of lacrosse to the Baltimore team and lacrosse community.”
Since coming to Loyola prior to the 2009 season, Adams has directed a resurgence of the program back to national prominence. Inheriting a squad that posted a 6-10 record in 2008, Adams turned that into an 11-6 mark in 2009 and an 11-7 record in 2010. Her 2011 squad won its first of two-straight BIG EAST Championships, returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 and tied a school record for wins in a season, posting a 17-3 record. Her 2015 squad tied that record with a 17-5 mark and won a second-straight Patriot League title, giving Adams four conference championships in five years.
Entering the 2016 season, Adams has a career record of 96-42 in seven. The three-time IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year has also led Loyola to five-consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, where she’s one of just six coaches in the nation to have led their program to a win in the NCAA Tournament each of the last five seasons.
As a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Adams picked up co-BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and led the Greyhounds to back-to-back BIG EAST Tournament titles, a 27-12 record in conference games and a 4-2 mark in tournament action. Four times in her five years with the conference, she guided a Greyhound to a major conference award.
Prior to coming to Loyola, Adams served as the associate head coach under Cathy Reese at the University of Maryland during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. She was also an assistant to Reese at the University of Denver from 2004-06.
Adams is regarded as the finest female lacrosse player of all time. Putting together arguably the greatest collegiate women’s lacrosse career in the sport’s history, Adams led Maryland to four-straight national titles from 1998-2001, including a 21-0 record in 1999 and a 23-0 mark in 2001 and earned the Tewaaraton Trophy during her senior season.
Adams graduated from Maryland in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in sports marketing.
Long Island: Shannon Smith, Hofstra Head Coach
“I am honored and excited to be selected as the head coach of Team Long Island in the inaugural season of the United Women’s Lacrosse League,” Smith said. “The United Women’s Lacrosse League will be a tremendous opportunity for collegiate athletes to continue their careers in the professional ranks. In addition, I am thrilled to be part of an organization that will look to advance the sport of women’s lacrosse by instituting new rules that will increase the speed and pace of this wonderful game. I can’t wait to get started and work with the UWLX and the best women’s lacrosse players in the world.”
Smith, a three-time first-team lacrosse All-American who is among the most decorated players in the sport, is now in her fourth season as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Hofstra University. Smith has coached the Pride to a 30-24 record in her first three seasons and led her squad to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament each year.
In 2015, Smith led Hofstra to an 11-win season and a regular season CAA title after finishing the regular season with a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play. In just her third season at the helm of the program, she led Hofstra to the number one seed in the conference tournament for the first time since the 2007 campaign and earned CAA Coach of the Year accolades.
Smith has led Hofstra student-athletes to significant awards during her time at the helm. Brittain Altomare became Hofstra’s eighth-ever IWLCA All-American when she was named to the third team in 2015, in addition to earning CAA Player of the Year honors.
Smith completed a four-year playing career at Northwestern in May 2012. Her career highlights included winning three NCAA titles, earning three first team All-American honors (2010, 2011, 2012) and capturing the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy and lacrosse Honda award.
Missy Doherty, the 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year, ECAC Coach of the Year and IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year, led the Nittany Lions to a 16-5 mark and the inaugural Big Ten tournament championship. (Mark Selders)