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Beans Returns to Lafayette as Assistant Field Hockey Coach

March 7, 2013

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EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette field hockey head coach Jennifer Stone has hired former All-American and University of North Carolina graduate Laree Beans as her new assistant coach. Beans coached under Andrew Griffiths at Lafayette during the 2010 season, before traveling to the University of Delaware for a two-year stint with the Blue Hens.

"We are thrilled and honored that Laree will be returning to the coaching staff here at Lafayette," head coach Jennifer Stone said. "She brings an extraordinary level of experience, talent, and character to the team. Her excellence as a player, coach and mentor will undoubtedly provide tremendous leadership for the Lafayette team. We are all very excited about her arrival to College Hill."

Beans returns to Lafayette after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Delaware under head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. She helped lead the Blue Hens to an overall record of 17-23 and a trip to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinal game this past fall. She assisted in Lafayette's run to the Patriot League championship game in 2010 when the team posted a record of 9-8.

"I am thrilled and honored to return to Lafayette College as an Assistant Coach,” Beans said. “My experiences on College Hill have only been positive due to the top notch coaching staff and hard working student-athletes. I believe in the vision that Coach Stone presented to me and I look forward to continue the winning tradition the Leopards have in place, on the field and in the classroom."

Beans holds a Level 2 Coaching Certificate with the U.S. Field Hockey Association and has been active working with youngsters as a coach at University of North Carolina Field Hockey Camps since 2003, as well as heading up the Chesapeake Region Futures Program as the Site Director and Head Coach. She also served as a head coach for Under-19 and Under-14 teams at the Keystone Games in Pennsylvania and has served as head coach and administrator for the True North Club Team, a club team for high school-aged girls in the Lehigh Valley.

She earned her degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in coaching from the University of North Carolina in 2007 and her secondary teaching certificate in English from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. in 2010. While at UNC, she was also a member of the Carolina Leadership Academy for four years.

Beans enjoyed an outstanding career at national field hockey power North Carolina, serving as team captain for two seasons and leading the Tar Heels to an 88-24 career mark for head coach Karen Shelton. She led UNC to Atlantic Coast Conference titles in 2004 and 2007, an undefeated NCAA Division I national championship in 2007 and NCAA Tournament berths in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

She earned Second Team All-America honors during the 2007 season and earned ACC All-Academic honors and the Carolina Field Hockey Leadership Award that same season. She was named the team's Practice Player of the Year in 2006, received the Carolina Leadership Academy Three-Dimensional Leader Recipient Award twice, and was selected by her teammates as the Player's Player Award winner in 2004 and 2005. Beans appeared in 87 career games for the Tar Heels, scoring 22 goals and dishing out 17 assists. She netted 10 goals and dished out five assists as a senior in 2007, delivering three game-winning goals. Her playing career was also highlighted by her participation on the U.S. Under-16, 19 and 21 field hockey squads and she participated in the BDO Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile in 2006.

Beans enjoyed an exceptional high school career at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa. where she led the field hockey team to four district titles and a state championship in 2002. She earned All-State and All-American honors in 2001 and 2002, while being selected as the Morning Call Player of the Year in 2003.