June 4, 2009

Beer Named Centre's First Women's Coach

from press releases

DANVILLE, Ky. - Julie Beer has been named head women's lacrosse coach, marking the beginning of a new era for Centre athletics as the College becomes one of only two institutions in the state to field intercollegiate men's and women's lacrosse teams, and the only Kentucky college participating in the sport in Division III. Official play will begin in the fall of 2010.

"I'm very excited to be at Centre," says Beer. "Beginning the new women's lacrosse program here is a great honor, and I'm in the unique position of being able to foster my own traditions, and my own model. It's wonderful to be part of this new venture and I'm eager to see it take off."

Beer launches the women's program after having been the assistant lacrosse coach at Framingham State College. In her first year at Framingham, the women's varsity finished 4-6. In her second year they finished 7-7 and had a bid for the Eastern Coast Athletic Conference finals. During the '09-'10 school year, she will be actively recruiting student-athletes to begin intercollegiate competition the following year.

"We're excited to have Julie starting the women's lacrosse program," says Gina Nicoletti, assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. "Her experience, energy and personality will be assets in both recruiting and coaching." 

Beer earned a B.A. at Clark University where she was a 4-year lacrosse player, and team captain for two years.

"Adding men's and women's lacrosse at Centre College once again shows that we're leaders in the state and region when it comes to NCAA Division III athletics," says Brian Chafin, Centre's athletic director. "This will open up more national recruiting opportunities and allow students who want to play lacrosse to attend a top national liberal arts institution while continuing to pursue their athletic interest."

The installation of field lights in 2008 and the installation of an all-purpose surface this summer at Farris Stadium has provided Centre with a suitable location for these teams to conduct practice and play their contests.

The search for a head men's lacrosse coach is well underway and College officials hope to announce a hire in the near future.

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