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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Colorado State Pueblo Women’s Lacrosse Names Monica Potter As First Head Coach; Inaugural Season Begins In 2014-15

Colorado State Pueblo Lacrosse

CSU-Pueblo’s new women’s lacrosse program now has its first leader as Monica Potter will steer the Pack’s startup program into its first season of competition in 2014-15.
Potter, most recently the assistant coach at Fort Lewis College, has served as a head coach at three universities prior to coming to CSU-Pueblo.

Colorado State Pueblo Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Monica Potter

Colorado State Pueblo Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Monica Potter

Potter’s collegiate coaching career began at Lindenwood (Mo.) University, an associate member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in women’s lacrosse.  During one season at Lindenwood, she directed Lindenwood to the Central Plains Division title, a national tournament berth and a number-23 ranking in the Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates of U.S. Lacrosse.  She also turned a program with a losing record into one that had an undefeated regular season.  Additionally, Potter served as Lindenwood’s field hockey coach.

She then moved on to the head coaching position at Adrian College, an NCAA Division III institution in Adrian, Mich.  She helped launch the program into existence, recruiting players from eight stats to fill the roster as, much like CSU-Pueblo, it awaited a newly constructed complex for its program.

From 2008-09, Potter coached at Fontbonne University, an NCAA Division III institution in St. Louis, Mo.  In returning to her native St. Louis, she directed the Griffons for two seasons, coaching above .500 for both seasons.  In addition to her duties as women’s lacrosse coach, she also directed Fontbonne’s field hockey program as well as served as Assistant Athletic Director, specializing in NCAA compliance.

At CSU-Pueblo, Potter will get the opportunity to be a full-time women’s lacrosse coach for the first time in her career, and similar to Adrian College, she will be able to build a program from the ground up and ready it to take the field in Spring 2015.

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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Colorado State-Pueblo Adding Men’s, Women’s Lacrosse As Varsity Sports In 2014-15; 600-Seat Lacrosse Stadium To Be Built

Colorado State Pueblo Lacrosse

Colorado State University-Pueblo will increase its athletics offerings to 22 starting in the 2014-15 school year, adding men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s swimming and diving.

NCAA Div IIAnnounced as part of the University’s “On the Move” Foundation campaign, which was unveiled Thursday, the athletics expansion and enhancements includes not only the addition of six competitive sports, but a new soccer and lacrosse stadium, complete with a synthetic turf field, 600-seat grandstand, public restrooms, a concession area, press box, lobby, locker rooms, and offices.

“The stadium will look a lot like the ThunderBowl and be located right next door to it,” Dan DeRose, Chair of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, said. “The soccer and lacrosse facility will be the nicest collegiate soccer facility in the state of Colorado.”

Also, a $2.5 million boost to the CSU-Pueblo Athletics scholarship fund is part of the campaign.

“Not only are student-athletes the best students, evidenced by their higher GPA and retention rates, but they also represent the University in the community,” DeRose said.

The first step to adding new sports is hiring coaches, and the men’s track and field and cross country coach had already been hired in July.  Matt Morris, formerly the track and cross country coach at Carroll College (Mont.), will helm the University’s men’s and women’s track and field and cross country offerings.  Coaching searches for the men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and women’s swimming positions will begin soon.

Of the six sports being added next year, three – men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and men’s cross country – were each previously offered by the University.  Before the programs’ elimination in 1993, the three programs had a stellar reputation, producing 34 track and field and three cross country All-Americans, including four individual national champions.

“This is another exciting day in the University’s history,” CSU-Pueblo Director of Athletics Joe Folda said.  “The addition of these programs is a final step in this University becoming ‘The Jewel of the South’ in higher education in the State of Colorado.”

Approximately $5 million from the $25 million “On the Move” campaign will be used for athletics expansion, just one piece of a campaign that includes a major renovation to the Occhiato University Center, while another $15 million will be used to boost the University’s scholarship offerings for the general student population.

“Our goal of this campaign is to give more young men and women the opportunity to have the transformational experience of receiving a degree from a higher education institution,” CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said.

For more information on the CSU-Pueblo athletics expansion or its new sport offerings, visit GoThunderWolves.com or call (719) 549-2711.