October 12, 2011

Longley Named Interim Women's Lacrosse Head Coach at Connecticut College

Courtesy Connecticut College Sports Information

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Liz Longley, a former All-American, captain for Hamilton College's 2007 NCAA Elite 8 team and recent head coach at Oberlin, has been named interim head coach of women's lacrosse at Connecticut College effective Oct. 15.

Prior to her arrival at Oberlin, Longley spent three years as the assistant coach at Lynchburg College. At Lynchburg, Longley helped lead the Hornets from an 8-9 mark in 2008 to a 14-4 record and the program's inaugural appearance in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in 2010.

Fran Shields, Connecticut College's Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education, says Longley, who has accepted a two-year interim appointment, is ready to meet the challenges of competing in the toughest lacrosse conference in the country.

"Liz has proved to be an effective leader as a player and a coach," Shields said. "As an All-American at Hamilton, Liz helped propel the Continentals to an appearance in the Elite 8 that eventually led to the team's first national championship. At Lynchburg, Liz helped turn around a program. We are very excited to have her on board."

Longley, a native of Duxbury, Mass., says she looks forward to working with Connecticut College student-athletes and competing in the NESCAC.

"I am honored and excited to be the next women's lacrosse coach at Connecticut College," Longley said. "Connecticut College attracts quality student-athletes who are committed to excellence both on and off the field. It is this commitment to excellence that drew me to Hamilton as an undergraduate and draws me back to the NESCAC at Connecticut College. I cannot wait to get started and I want to thank Fran Shields and the entire search committee for the opportunity to lead the Camels to future success."

In 2006, Longley garnered United States Lacrosse & Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association All-America accolades and was honored as the Liberty League Player of the Year.

"Liz was a catalyst for our program," Hamilton Coach Patty Kloidt said. "She is really honest. She knows how to win games and communicate that with her players. She will provide great balance between having fun and being competitive. I give her a lot of credit for the success we had."

At the conclusion of her prolific playing career, Longley was honored with the Jack B. Riffle Award as the athletic department's most outstanding female athlete. Longley still ranks second on the Hamilton all-time leader list with 87 assists and is fourth in program history with 197 points.

Longley earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Hamilton and received her master's degree in counseling from Lynchburg.

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