July 9, 2010

UMass Announces McMahon as New Head Coach

from press release

 - Angela McMahon has been named the new University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse head coach as announced by Director of Athletics John McCutcheon on Friday, July 9. McMahon has served the last two years as the head coach at the University of Connecticut and will replace Alexis Venechanos who accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State.

A native of Weston, Mass., this will be McMahon's second stint with the Minutewomen lacrosse program after she served as associate head coach for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

"We are thrilled to have Angela rejoin the UMass women?s lacrosse program as our new head coach," said McCutcheon. "She was an important piece in building the UMass program during her time here setting the stage for the last two Atlantic 10 titles and NCAA Tournament berth."

The Minutewomen are coming off A-10 Championship titles in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, UMass also won the A-10 regular season title and earned its first berth to the NCAA Tournament in 25 years.

"I am thrilled and honored to return to the University of Massachusetts. I would like to thank Athletic Director John McCutcheon and Associate Athletic Director Dan Markowski for giving me this amazing opportunity to lead the women's lacrosse program. I would also like to thank UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway for my wonderful experience at Connecticut," said McMahon.

"Alexis did an amazing job of returning the program to the top of the Atlantic 10 and to again be a nationally recognized program. With my familiarity with the program, players, and departmental philosophy, I know we will continue to build upon the tradition of success Alexis and I began together four years ago."

This will be McMahon's third head coaching job after also serving as the head coach at Division II Bentley in 2006. She joined UMass as associate head coach in 2007 during Venechanos' first year with the program.

McMahon, 28, posted a 12-21 overall record and a 4-11 record in the Big East in two seasons at UConn after taking over as head coach prior to the 2009 campaign. In her first year, the Huskies went 3-13 after the program went 1-15 the season before her arrival. In 2010, McMahon guided UConn to its first winning season since 2007 with a 9-8 overall record.

During her associate head coaching stint at UMass, McMahon was responsible for many of the day-to-day coaching and practice decisions along with organizing the Minutewomen's recruiting efforts, alumnae relations and scouting. She worked primarily with the attacks on offense. She played a crucial role in guiding UMass to the 2008 Atlantic 10 finals for the first time in five seasons, helping her earn a spot at the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in December 2008.

In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the Minutewomen, McMahon established and coordinated a partnership between the A-10 Conference and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a charitable organization created to raising public awareness regarding pediatric brain tumors. She also directed all UMass camps, clinics and local tournaments.

Prior to UMass, McMahon served as head coach of Bentley's women's lacrosse program during the 2006 season. While there, she guided the NCAA Division II Falcons to a 7-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Northeast 10 Conference. At Bentley, she also served as a member of the Division II North Regional Lacrosse Committee.

McMahon began her collegiate lacrosse career at UMass before transferring to Northwestern in 2001 to help rebuild a program that had been dormant for the previous 11 years. She spent three seasons with the Wildcats on attack where she finished her career with 44 goals and 23 assists.

She was a two-time tri-captain of the squad that advanced to the 2004 NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since the program reclaimed varsity status in 2002 and helped build the foundation for each of Northwestern's four consecutive national titles. In her senior season, she earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honors and the Northwestern Scholastic Achievement Award.

Since 2002, McMahon has also worked as a counselor and administrator at a variety of lacrosse camps. During that time, she has instructed campers of all skill levels and helped with the organizational camp operations. In addition, she is the founder and CEO of Destination: Hawaii, a summer training trip to Hawaii for girls lacrosse players.

McMahon graduated from Northwestern in 2004 with a degree in communication studies. She married Justin Serpone in the summer of 2009 and resides in Longmeadow, Mass. Serpone is the head coach of men's soccer at Amherst College.

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