PHILADELPHIA--Women’s lacrosse head coach Karin Brower was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.
Brower and the Quakers proved the nay-sayers wrong in 2008 by not only repeating as Ivy League champs and knocking off perennial powerhouse schools, but improving on the success of 2007. Brower led Penn to victory over eight ranked teams during the course of the season and even toppled the No. 1 team in the country. Hosting Northwestern in late April, Penn shut out the Wildcats in the second half and halted NU’s 36-game win streak. In the post-season, the Quakers dispatched their first and second round opponents to advance to the final four where a thrilling overtime win over Duke sent them to the NCAA championship game.
In 2000, Brower took over a struggling Penn program that had gone 1-12 the year before. Steady improvement has marked her tenure since, culminating with back-to-back Ivy League titles and appearances at championship weekend. This season, her team set the program record in wins (17), winning streak (15 in a row) and the program’s first No. 1 national ranking.
Other regional winners included Syracuse’s Gary Gait (Northeast Region), Amy Bokker of George Mason (South Region) while Northwestern’s Kelly Amonte Hiller represented the West/Midwest Region and was also named the Division I national coach of the year after leading her team to its fourth-straight national title.