Panthers welcome former UNH coach Sandy Bridgeman
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University has announced an addition to its coaching staff with the naming of a new head women's lacrosse coach.
Sandy Bridgeman has accepted the position of head women's lacrosse coach at PSU, and begins immediately. Bridgeman made a name for herself in the Granite State while serving as head coach at the University of New Hampshire for 13 years. She also gained valuable coaching experience the past several years as girls lacrosse coach at Brewster Academy and Kingswood Regional High School, as well as serving as Women's Dutch National Team head coach.
"We are thrilled to be able to welcome a new head coach the caliber of Sandy Bridgeman," said PSU interim director of athletics Kim Bownes. "She has a proven record of success at all levels of coaching, and she was very impressive during the interview process. Coach Bridgeman has a passion for the game, but she also has a passion for helping students succeed in all areas, on and off the field. We couldn't be happier with the direction that Sandy will take our women's lacrosse program. We're confident she will provide a wonderful and successful experience for our student-athletes."
Bridgeman guided the UNH program from 1996-2009, qualifying for two Division I NCAA Championship appearances (2004, 2008) and recording a conference-record 12 consecutive America East tournament appearances. She led Wildcat teams to a combined record of 123-105, developing six All-Americans and numerous All-Conference players. Bridgeman was the womenslacrosse.com Division I National Coach of the Year in 2008, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2004, and the America East Coach of the Year three times.
Bridgeman also served as head women's lacrosse coach at Longwood College in Farmville, Va., from 1990-94, leading the squad to its only undefeated season; and Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., from 1994-96, guiding the team to its first ECAC Tournament berth.
"I am truly grateful and excited to be the next women's lacrosse coach at Plymouth State University," said Bridgeman. "I want to thank Athletic Director Kim Bownes and the selection committee for giving me this chance and I look forward to being a part of the PSU family. The women's lacrosse program at Plymouth State has a history of being incredibly competitive and I look forward to continuing and building upon that tradition of success."
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