July 9, 2013

Hillary Fratzke Named Head Coach at William and Mary

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports

Hillary Fratzke was named head coach by William and Mary on Tuesday afternoon, the seventh former player or coach under Kelly Amonte-Hiller to run a Division I women's lacrosse program.
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William and Mary Athletics announced the hiring of Hillary Fratzke as head women's lacrosse coach on Tuesday afternoon, making her the eighth head coach in the Tribe's 44-year program history.

Fratzke replaces Brooke Ireland, who resigned in May after two seasons.

For the past three years, Fratzke served as an assistant under Kelly Amonte-Hiller at Northwestern, helping coach the team to NCAA titles in 2011 and '12, as well as a NCAA semifinals appearance this year.

She is the seventh woman to be named a head coach at the Division I level after playing or coaching under Amonte-Hiller, joining Acacia Walker (Boston College), Alexis Venechanos (Ohio State), Lindsey Munday (USC), Sarah Albrecht (New Hampshire), Angela McMahon (UMass), Shannon Smith (Hofstra) and Ann Elliot (Colorado). 

“I could not be more excited to join the family at William and Mary,” Fratzke said.  “I felt extremely welcomed by everyone in the athletic department from day one and I am looking forward to hitting the ground running.  It is an incredible opportunity to coach at an institution that combines such strong academics with a culture of athletic success.  I’d like to thank Kelly Amonte-Hiller and the Northwestern University Athletic Department for providing me with the experience, knowledge and tools to drive a successful program.  I would also like to thank [W&M Athletics Director] Terry Driscoll and the rest of the Tribe staff for putting their complete faith in me as the leader of the women’s lacrosse program.”

While coaching at NU, Fratzke had a lead role in coordinating all aspects of the Wildcats program, including training sessions, film study, recruiting, program operations and marketing. She also coached extensively in Northwestern’s national youth camps and clinics and served as a liaison with Northwestern Lacrosse's booster club.

“Hillary is an enthusiastic and charismatic leader who brings great knowledge and incredible positivity to a program,” commented Amonte-Hiller, who has won seven NCAA titles at Northwestern.  “She has a great knack to inspire her players, and I think she will do an amazing job.  We couldn’t be more excited for her to get the opportunity to head the William and Mary program.” 

Fratzke joined Northwestern’s staff after an exceptional playing career at Towson in which she earned IWLCA All-America honors three times and ranked fourth in NCAA women’s lacrosse history in draw controls (327). Additionally, Fratzke, a four-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, was a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy nominee and garnered CAA Player of the Year honors in 2008 and 2010.

A native of Centreville, Md., Fratzke played in 72 games for Towson with 70 starts. She tallied 199 goals and 63 assists during her career, both of which rank third all-time in program history, while her 262 points is second in the Tiger record book. Fratzke also sits atop the Towson career leaders in ground balls (193), draw controls (327) and caused turnovers (144).

Fratzke helped lead Towson to back-to-back CAA titles in 2008 and 2009, as the Tigers qualified for the NCAA tournament three consecutive seasons from 2008-10. She was honored in 2010 by being named to the CAA’s 25th Anniversary Team.

Fratzke recorded a point in 70 consecutive games while notching a goal in 64-straight contests, the second-longest streak in NCAA history. As a junior, she netted a career-best 62 goals and 24 assists en route to being named a first-team IWLCA All-American, the CAA Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.

A CAA Scholar-Athlete and the 2010 Towson Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Fratzke is pursuing a master’s degree in biology from Towson after attaining her bachelor's degree in the same field.

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