Ruth Ness begins her first season as head coach of the women's lacrosse team as the program will begin his first season of competition as a varsity sport in the Spring of 2015.
The Bears women's lacrosse program is being elevated from club status and will compete at the Division III level in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Ness had been an assistant coach at Bowdoin University for the past two seasons. The Polar Bears posted a record of 23-11 in those two seasons and advanced all the way to the Elite 8 in the 2013 NCAA Division III tournament.
A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and a 2005 graduate of the
University of New England, Ness was the head women's lacrosse coach
at Elms College in 2012 where she coached both the conference
Goalie and Rookie of the Year and the team improved 14 out of 19
statistical categories from the previous season.
Prior to her time at Elms, Ness had assistant coaching stints at Smith, Messiah and at the University of New England.
From 2005-2007, she was a school coaching officer at Marlborough College in Marlborough, England. There she coached the women's lacrosse, field hockey and track & field teams and served as a teacher in the physical education program.
While an undergraduate at the University of New England, Ness was a decorated two-sport athlete. In lacrosse, she was a four-year starter and four-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference selection. In field hockey, she helped to start the school's program as a junior and served as a captain in both her junior and senior campaigns. She was named UNE's Female Athlete of the Year in 2005 and was the record holder for career points in both field hockey and lacrosse. Ness graduated from UNE with a degree in Art Educational Studies and owns a Master's in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith.