NEW LONDON, Conn. – Ruth Ness, head coach of the Coast Guard Academy women's lacrosse team, will resign at the end of the 2016 season. She will be getting married and moving to Oregon.
Ness guided the Bears to a record of 4-11 in their first season as an NCAA sport last year.
"I want to thank Tim Fitzpatrick and the administration for the opportunity. It has been an incredible experience and I have loved getting to work at the Academy and be able to start the varsity women's lacrosse program," said Ness. "It has been amazing to work with the cadets on the team and witness the hard work, dedication and passion they have given for the development of the women's lacrosse program. I fully believe that they are going to do great things in the future and I am really excited for them."
"Here at CGA, we will certainly miss Ruth but wish her all the best in her future endeavors," said Tim Fitzpatrick, Director of Athletics. "She has done a fine job in creating a foundation from which a competitively successful women's lacrosse program will grow in the future, and has worked tirelessly to make this happen in her recruiting and on-field coaching. Without a doubt, she is a fine role model for our cadet-athletes. We will immediately begin a national search to find her successor, and I look forward to that process."
Ness looks forward to this season as the team continues to grow. "We have a lot to accomplish this year and every day I will be grateful to work with this team and coaching staff."