Former Standout Named Interim Head Coach for Connecticut College Women's Lacrosse
Oct. 13, 2005
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Connecticut College appointed 2002 Lafayette alumna Heather McClelland the women's lacrosse interim head coach, the college announced on Oct. 12.
McLelland arrives in New London after spending the past year as the head coach at the University of New Haven. Under McLelland's direction, the Chargers had two players tabbed to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Regional All-America Team. The squad had the highest grade point average in the New Haven athletic program with six members of the team earning a spot on the Dean's List.
Connecticut Director of Athletics, Fran Shields, said "We are extremely excited to welcome Heather into our group of talented and experienced coaches. Her coaching experience in a liberal arts setting allows her to join us midstream and give our student-athletes solid leadership from day one."
McLelland has also gained valuable experience coaching lacrosse in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Working under the direction of head coach Holly Wheeler, McLelland spent two years as an assistant coach at Wesleyan University. McLelland assisted with all aspects of the Cardinal program, leading the team to consecutive NESCAC Championship appearances in 2003 and 2004. The 2004 Wesleyan team finished with nine victories, the highest win total in the history of the program.
Nothing short of a stellar athlete for the Leopards, the 2002 graduate set the tone early in her successful career by garnering 1999 Patriot League Rookie of the Year accolades. She went on to become one of two lacrosse players to receive All-American nods three times in her career. McClelland led her team to consecutive Patriot League Championships in 2000, 2001 and her senior year in 2002, while also earning back-to-back Patriot League Player of the Year honors in her junior and senior campaigns.
McClelland still ranks third with 196 career goals, second with 83 career assists and third with 279 career points for the Leopards.
The Springfield, Va. native earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and sociology at Lafayette and is currently completing her master's degree at Wesleyan in liberal arts studies.
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