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Cathy Reese Named National Coach of the Year in Women’s Lacrosse

We’ve Got the Sticking Points on How as Player, Then Coach, She’s Taken Team to NCAA Titles

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Head Coach Cathy Reese celebrates women's lacrosse title

Photo by Maryland Athletics; infographic by Valerie Morgan and Annie Dankelson

Cathy Reese led the women's lacrosse team to a 12–10 victory over Boston College in May, securing UMD's 15th national championship and her fifth as head coach.

After leading the Maryland women’s lacrosse team to its 15th national championship this season, Head Coach Cathy Reese was named National Coach of the Year today by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

It’s her fourth time to receive the honor; she also won when the Terps captured the title in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

Beyond Maryland’s fifth national championship under Reese, fifth straight Big Ten regular-season title, undefeated regular season and seventh-straight year without losing at home, Reese racked up numerous personal accomplishments. The Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row, she became UMD women’s lacrosse's all-time winningest coach, won her 300th career game and was selected for induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and the DC Sports Hall of Fame.

Reese, who has seen members of her squad take home eight Tewaaraton Awards—given annually to the top collegiate player in the sport—coached the first goalie winner, Megan Taylor, who was also named the IWLCA National Player of the Year. Reese also coached IWLCA National Defender of the Year and Big Ten Defender of the Year Julia Braig and Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and Tewaaraton finalist Jen Giles, as well as a program-record seven All Americans.

In her playing and coaching careers, Reese has contributed to 12 of Maryland’s 15 championships: four as a player, three as an assistant coach and now five as a head coach.

The accolades don’t stop there. Huddle up and check how Reese’s success has been intertwined with the Terps’:

Reese infographic



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