Wednesday, May 30, 2012
KENNESAW, Ga. - University officials, and Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, announced that Kristina Llanes has been named the first head coach in the history of the Kennesaw State women’s lacrosse program on a historic Wednesday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center.
Llanes, 30, last coached in the collegiate ranks in the spring of 2011 as the head coach at Presbyterian College. In her three years at the helm, the Blue Hose were 12-37, including the best season in school history in 2011 with a mark of 5-13. Prior to Presbyterian, Llanes was the head coach at SUNY Maritime for three seasons. She began her collegiate coaching career in 2005 as an assistant at Averett University in Virginia.
“Kristina brings to Kennesaw State a great understanding of women’s lacrosse in the Southeast because she has already coached and recruited here,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “We are very fortunate to have Coach Llanes as a new member of the coaching staff here at KSU. She has great experience in building a program from the ground up which makes her a perfect fit. Her passion and drive to help Kennesaw State reach its full potential in women’s lacrosse is exactly what we were looking for as we become a player in the Division I lacrosse community.”
The lacrosse team itself will begin play in the spring of 2013 with its first home game scheduled for April 7 against Jacksonville at KSU Stadium. It was also announced today that the squad will compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference along with Jacksonville, Stetson, Howard and Detroit Mercy.
Kennesaw State made Peach State history as well on Wednesday as KSU becomes the first Division I women’s lacrosse team in the state of Georgia. It is the second overall lacrosse team in the state as Mercer started its men’s lacrosse program in 2011.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region:Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
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