August 9, 2012

Stone Officially Introduced as Niagara Coach

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Niagara University on Wednesday announced Buffalo, N.Y. native Wendy Stone as head coach of the Purple Eagle women's lacrosse program, confirming an initial report by Lacrosse Magazine on July 12.

"Wendy came highly recommended and we discovered why throughout the interview process," Niagara associate athletic director Theresa Berg said in a press release Wednesday. "She brings a wealth of coaching experience to NU, including on the national level. We are excited about her joining the Purple Eagles and we are confident that she will build our lacrosse program to consistently be a MAAC contender."

Stone comes to Niagara from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where she served as the interim head coach in 2011 after spending the previous two seasons as the assistant coach. While at Longwood, Stone guided the Lancers to a 2010 National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Championship and helped develop 12 All-National Lacrosse Conference selections. Stone has also mentored two NLC Midfielders of the Year, an NLC Player of the Year and an NLC Goalkeeper of the Year during her tenure.

Longwood has yet to name Stone's replacement, but a school spokesperson said interviews are being conducted.

Stone currently serves as the team manager for the United States women's national team where she is responsible for scheduling, meals, transportation, housing, equipment and uniforms.

"I want to thank Ed McLaughlin, Theresa Berg and the members of the search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity," Stone said. "I would also like to thank Missy Ackerman and the entire Longwood University Athletic Department for the opportunities they have given me over the past three years."

Stone served as the varsity lacrosse and field hockey coach at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts from 2006-09. While at Berkshire, Stone led the lacrosse team to an improvement from 3-13 in her first season to 8-6 in her second year. She also coached varsity field hockey and junior varsity hockey, and served as the assistant athletic director while teaching English and history as well.

Stone served as coach and coordinator of the Lower New England teams for the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament and the LadyRoc Rubies 2010 team. She was involved in the formation of CityLAX, an organization that focused on the growth of lacrosse in New York City.

"I am honored to be named the head women's lacrosse coach at Niagara University, and to become a part of the Niagara family," Stone added. "I am excited to return to Western New York and to begin building a program that will contend for a MAAC title. I look forward to working with the current student-athletes and pushing them to reach new heights on the field, in the classroom and within the Niagara University community."

Stone earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. in 2005. She was a standout student-athlete in women's lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey while helping Williams to the NCAA Tournament in each sport. She captained the 2005 lacrosse team and was a named to the NCAA Elite Eight and honored as a Scholar Athlete.

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