Women's lacrosse alum named head coach at Conn. College

Liz Longley '07
Liz Longley '07

Liz Longley '07, a former women's lacrosse All-American and team captain at Hamilton College, has been named interim head women's lacrosse coach at Connecticut College in New London, Conn.

Longley was head coach at Oberlin College in Ohio in 2011. She was the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., for three years from 2008 to 2010.  During Longley's time at Lynchburg, the Hornets improved 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.

Longley, a native of Duxbury, Mass., says she looks forward to working with Connecticut College student-athletes and competing in the NESCAC.  Hamilton joins the NESCAC in women's lacrosse in 2012.

“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.”

Longley played for Hamilton  from 2004 to 2007.  During her career, the Continentals posted a 48-19 record, and appeared in the Liberty League championship each year.

Longley was an all-region selection as a freshman in 2004.  In 2006, she was voted Liberty League player of the year and received second team All-America honors as she led Hamilton to the league finals. In 2007, she earned all-league and all-region honors again as Hamilton captured its first league title, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

“Liz was a catalyst for our program,” Hamilton College women's lacrosse 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.”

In the spring of 2007, Longley was honored with the Jack B. Riffle Award as Hamilton's most outstanding senior female athlete.  She still ranks third on Hamilton's career list with 87 assists, and is fifth in program history with 197 points.

Longley received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hamilton in 2007 and later earned her master’s degree in counseling from Lynchburg.

Courtesy Connecticut College Sports Information

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