NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard Academy has named Washington & Lee University assistant coach Mary Heneberry head coach of the women's lacrosse team.
Heneberry has served as the first assistant and professor of physical education at Washington & Lee since 2012 helping the Generals win three Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships and reach two NCAA Regional Finals in 2014 and 2015. She was a member of the ODAC coaching staff of the year in 2013 and served as fall season interim head coach in 2012 and 2015. Washington & Lee is currently ranked 15th in the nation according to the IWLCA coaches poll.
"I'm very pleased and proud that Mary Heneberry has accepted our offer to become the women's lacrosse coach at CGA," said Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard's Director of Athletics. "Mary's background as a player and a coach is extremely strong and balanced – as a player at Loyola she competed on teams that reached NCAA Championship play on the Division I level, and as the top assistant coach at Washington & Lee University she has coached teams that have reached NCAA Division III Regional Final play each of the past two seasons. Having grown up in Baltimore, she hails from one of the country's most fertile recruiting areas and is well-known there. As impressed as I am with Mary's credentials and attributes, what convinced me that she is the right coach for CGA was the extreme strength of her desire to be our next women's lacrosse coach. I am convinced that the future of our program is in great hands."
Heneberry takes over for Ruth Ness who served as the first women's varsity head coach for the past two seasons at the Academy, helping transition the Bears from club status to the NCAA ranks.
"I am both honored and excited to be welcomed as a member of the United States Coast Guard Academy family, and such an inspiring community," said Heneberry. "I'd like to thank Tim Fitzpatrick, Dan Rose and the members of the search committee for the incredible opportunity to share the strong traditions of character, leadership and service that define the Academy."
Heneberry played college lacrosse at Division I Loyola University Maryland, earning Big East second team all-conference honors and was an all-tournament team selection in her senior season (2011). The Greyhounds were also Big East Tournament champions and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2011.
After she graduated, Heneberry was an intern and contributing writer for Inside Lacrosse Magazine, specifically ILWomen.com, from 2011-12 where she was responsible for weekly features on women's lacrosse, promotion of women's lacrosse and live game coverage.
From 2010-2012, Heneberry served as Assistant Director of the Diamond's Lacrosse Club in Baltimore, Maryland. She was responsible for promotion, recruitment and coaching of the club's six teams.
Heneberry then went on to partner with Casey Powell, four-time All-American, Division I Most Outstanding Player and Major League Lacrosse MVP, to run his spring break clinic series at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney in 2012.
On top of partnering with Powell, Heneberry served as varsity girl's lacrosse coach and assistant to the director of lacrosse at St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida from January to May of 2012.
Since 2013, Heneberry has served on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) convention planning committee. She contributes in organizing all facets of the annual IWLCA Convention for the coaches of the 513 NCAA women's lacrosse teams: plan four-day event itinerary, facilitate meeting and coaches panels and helped initiate and manage the first IWLCA rule change scrimmage.
"Words fall short to express how grateful I am to Brooke O'Brien (W&L) for her mentorship over the past four years as her assistant, for preparing me for the next chapter of my coaching career and mostly importantly for her friendship," added Heneberry. "I'd also like to thank Jen Adams (Loyola), Monica Yaekel and all who have supported me throughout my career to help mold me into the coach and person I am today."
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT HENEBERRY
Three time Division I National Player of the Year and four time National Champion at University of Maryland, current head coach at Loyola University Maryland
"As a player Mary was passionate, dedicated, and accountable to a standard of excellence that enabled her to succeed in a highly competitive environment. I have no doubt that these qualities will carry over into this next chapter of her coaching career and that she will become a proud and valued member of the Coast Guard Academy. I am excited to see where Mary takes the lacrosse program and the special mark that she will leave on her student-athletes."
Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) President and head coach at Grand Valley State University
"Mary will be an incredible head coach. Not only is she enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about the sport of women's lacrosse, but she brings that same attitude to her players performance in the classroom. I have no doubt that she will help the US Coast Guard Academy student athletes be successful on the field and off. I cannot wait to see the amazing things that she will do!"
Brooke Diamond O'Brien
Two time Division III All-American and National Goalie of the Year, current Head Coach at Washington & Lee
"Mary is an extremely knowledgeable and talented coach. Throughout her time at Washington & Lee, Mary has been an invaluable member of our coaching staff and has made a positive and lasting impact on our program. I am confident that Mary will lead Coast Guard to great success over the coming years."
2015 NCAA Division III semi-finalist and Head Coach at Franklin and Marshall
"I am very excited for Mary to be a head coach. During each of our encounters over the last four years, the offense of Washington and Lee has been both well prepared and highly skilled under her leadership. I can assure you that her team will not be intimidated to play anyone in the country and will be a force to reckon with in a very short time."
Catholic University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Athletic Director
"I am so excited that Mary will be joining the Division III head coaching ranks as I think she is a great fit to have success at the Coast Guard Academy. Mary has gained tremendous experience from her time at Washington & Lee and as a player at Loyola and will bring great energy and intensity to the Academy. She has great passion and excitement for lacrosse and coaching and will be a great mentor to her players."