University of Denver women’s lacrosse head coach Liza Kelly was named the 2013 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association West/Midwest Region Division I Coach of the Year, the IWLCA announced.
Kelly led Denver to its first ever NCAA Tournament and Tournament victory in 2013, going 18-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. It was the fourth time in Kelly’s seven seasons at DU that the Pioneers have swept the conference season.
“This award highlights the hard work of our student-athletes and the synergy of our staff,” Kelly said. “I am honored to be among some of our sport’s great coaches.”
For her efforts, Kelly also won 2013 MPSF Coach of the Year honors. The Pioneers ranked among the NCAA’s Top 10 in caused turnovers (second), win percentage (fourth), points (fifth) and scoring offense (ninth). Three Pioneers led the nation in individual statistics: Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) in assists (74) and assists per game (3.52), Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) in caused turnovers (3.33) for the second-straight season, and Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) in saves (190). Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) joined Remenapp, Henrich and Hook on the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region teams, and Henrich was named an IWLCA Second Team All-American.
The Pioneers finished the 2013 season ranked No. 13 in the RPI, No. 15 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 16 in the IWCLA Coaches’ Poll.
North Carolina’s Jenny Levy won the IWLCA Division I National Coach of the Year after leading the Tarheels to their first NCAA title. In addition to Kelly and Levy, Syracuse’s Gary Gait (Northeast) and Penn State’s Missy Doherty (Mid-Atlantic) were named 2013 IWLCA Division I Regional Coaches of the Year.