June 27, 2011
BALTIMORE - After leading her team to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2011, Loyola University Maryland Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Jen Adams has been named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by her peers.
Adams, who recently completed her third season at Loyola and was named the BIG EAST Conference Co-Coach of the Year, guided the Greyhounds to a school-record tying 17 victories in 20 games and their first-ever BIG EAST Championship.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers who I respect so much," Adams said. "There are so many great coaches in our region. This means a lot to me because of that fact."
The Greyhounds advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2004 and the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2003. Loyola received the conference's automatic bid to the tournament by virtue of victories over Syracuse in the BIG EAST semifinals and Notre Dame in the title game.
"We are immensely proud of the job that Jen and her staff have done in such a short time at Loyola," said Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Jim Paquette. "Her leadership has helped return the women's lacrosse program to the level of national elite, and her passion for the sport serves as an excellent role model for our team and young women everywhere."
In three seasons as a head coach, Adams has compiled a 38-16 (.704) record. Loyola reached the BIG EAST Semifinals at the conclusion of her second season, 2010, and the NCAA Championships in her third.
Adams took over a Loyola team that had gone 8-24 (.250) in the two seasons prior to her arrival in Baltimore. Her first year produced an 11-6 mark followed by an 11-7 record last season.
This year's team was dotted with All-America and All-BIG EAST honorees. Three Greyhounds - Grace Gavin (first team), Abby Rehfuss (second team) and Ana Heneberry (third team) - earned IWLCA All-America laurels, while six were named to the league's honor roll. Gavin and Rehfuss picked up first team recognition, while Heneberry, her sister, Mary, and Kellye Gallagher, Kerry Stoothoff and Marlee Paton received second team nods.
Loyola continued to be a very balanced team on the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The Greyhounds led NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game (11.75) for the third season in a row, and they finished eighth nationally in scoring margin (+4.85). They were 12th in both scoring offense and defense, tallying an average of 13.8 goals per game while allowing just 8.95.
Adams' honor adds to the hardware already on her shelves accumulated during her time as a player. She was a four-time All-American at the University of Maryland where she was the initial recipient of the Tewaaraton Award as the game's top female player in 2001. She earned National Attacker of the Year honors three times and received the Honda-Broderick Award as the nation's top women's lacrosse player in 2000 and 2001.