May 10, 2010

Simpson Named Mesa State's Head Coach

from press release

- Abigail Simpson has been named Mesa State College's head women's lacrosse coach. Simpson will join Director of Lacrosse and head men's coach, AJ Stevens, as the Mavericks welcome the sport of lacrosse as the most recent inter-collegiate varsity sport at MSC.

Simpson, a native of New York, is currently a volunteer coach with Long Island Select Lacrosse and has over four years of experience coaching at Kings Park Youth Lacrosse Camp, For the Love of the Game Camp and State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY) Women's Lacrosse Sport School.

"I would like to thank President Tim Foster, Athletic Director Butch Miller, the Director of Lacrosse Operations AJ Stevens, and Mesa State College for the opportunity that has been presented to me. I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to be the inaugural women's lacrosse coach at Mesa State. I plan on building a strong and winning tradition of Division II women's lacrosse in the state of Colorado and will embrace all of the challenges that come along," said Simpson.

Simpson played collegiate lacrosse at SUNY Cortland for two years. Prior to attending SUNY Cortland she played two years at Nassau Community College where she was a preseason All-American and team captain.

As a member of the Long Island Select Lacrosse staff she helped in the planning, organizing and conducting of practice sessions. She developed team strategies, analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of opposing teams and developed game plans.

Simpson earned her Associates in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College in 2007. She will graduate in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Physical Education with a concentration in Adapted Physical Education.

"We are excited to have someone of Abigail's knowledge and love of the sport combined with her qualities and enthusiasm at MSC," said Athletic Director Butch Miller. "Abigail's background illustrates her belief in balancing academics and athletics at the collegiate level and being highly successful at both", added Miller.

The sport of lacrosse will have split seasons with competition in the fall and spring. The traditional season is in the spring when the NCAA tournament and championship is conducted.

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