August 23, 2010

Fort Lewis Hires MacDonald as Head Coach

from press release

DURANGO, Colo. -- Kelsey MacDonald has been hired as head lacrosse coach at Fort Lewis College, Director of Athletics Kelly Higgins announced.

"Kelsey is uniquely qualified to help us develop into a high quality Division II women's lacrosse program," said Higgins. "She has an excellent collegiate background as a coach and player. I'm looking forward to working with her."

MacDonald has spent the past two seasons at Wellesley (Mass.) College. She was an assistant coach prior to serving as interim head during the non-traditional fall season in 2009. In these roles, she assisted in planning practices, teaching skills, coaching individual players, and developed the winter off-season strength and conditioning program.

She spent five months as assistant lacrosse coach and strength and conditioning coach at her alma mater, Plymouth State (N.H.) University, in 2008.

"I'm very excited to start, meet the girls and get working on the program," said MacDonald, who will begin her duties at Fort Lewis on Sept. 1.

She has also worked as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer for PeopleFit Health and Fitness in Woburn, Mass., since 2008. In this capacity, she evaluates the physical fitness of clients, prescribes fitness programs, teaches group exercise classes and trains clients on a one-on-one basis in personal training sessions.

MacDonald graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Plymouth St. in 2007.

She had a highly successful career at the NCAA Division II level, playing from 2004 through 2007 at Plymouth St. She was a three-time Player of the Year in the Little East Conference as a sophomore, junior and senior and a three-time all-conference performer. MacDonald also played four years of soccer for the Panthers, earning second team all-conference honors as a senior. Plymouth St. honored her with the Janet Fell Female Athlete of the Year award in 2007.

MacDonald attended Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, where she played lacrosse, soccer and basketball for four years. She graduated in 2003.

She becomes the second head lacrosse coach in the history of the Skyhawk lacrosse program, now is in its third year as a varsity sport at Fort Lewis College. Under inaugural coach Kelley Quiesser-McPeake, FLC's newest program went 1-18 during their first two campaigns.

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