LaSalle named to prestigious 40 Under Forty list
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University field hockey assistant coach Kara LaSalle was honored Monday with inclusion in the New Hampshire Union Leader's 17th annual 40 Under Forty group.
According to the newspaper's website, the 40 Under Forty program "recognizes some of the state's brightest young achievers who have a record of professional and volunteer accomplishments in New Hampshire."
Since its inception in 2002 a total of 680 Granite Staters have been awarded the honor.
LaSalle joined the Panthers' coaching staff for the 2014 season, charged with managing the team defense. Over her four years the team has shown regular improvement in defensive statistics such as goals against average. Last fall's team finished tied for 29th in the nation, allowing just 1.28 goals per contest.
LaSalle was a four-year letter winner and four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad selection at Franklin Pierce University, serving as the team captain during her senior year. She was also selected to the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Team in 2005.
She graduated from Franklin Pierce in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, then studied civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire's Graduate School. In addition to coaching, LaSalle is a real estate development project manager for Lakes Region Community Developers.
Winners were selected after a nomination process that took place across New Hampshire in the fall. Nominees had to be younger than age 40 and have lived in New Hampshire for at least the last three years.
Interested parties can learn what motivated LaSalle to give back to the community and hear what advice she would give to her younger self by reading her personal biography on the newspaper's website.
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