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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: July 10, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Karen MacCrate Henning, who won national titles as a player and coach, was named the new head coach of women's lacrosse at Colby College on Tuesday.
Henning spent the last eight years as head coach at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. She started the women's lacrosse program at C.W. Post in June 1999 and won NCAA Division II national titles in 2001 and 2007. Henning had a 103-21 record at C.W. Post.
Henning, who starts at Colby on August 1, takes over a team that was 26-9 over the past two seasons. The Mules made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first team in program history after the 2006 season and made the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title game in 2007.
"The (Colby) players I've communicated with so far seem so motivated and have great balance in their lives," Henning said. "They all have so many positive things going on."
Success has followed Henning at every stop in her lacrosse career. She was an attacker for the University of Maryland, which won national titles in 1995 and 1996 and finished unbeaten in both seasons. Henning was an NCAA Division I First Team All-American in 1995 and 1996 and finished her career with 78 goals and 76 assists for 154 points. Maryland had a 61-3 record during Henning's four seasons.
Henning was a member of the United States National and Development teams from 1995 to 1998.
Henning was a student assistant coach for Maryland in 1997 and helped the coaching staff lead the Terrapins to another national title. Henning moved on to Dartmouth College for two years as an assistant coach in 1998 and 1999. She helped the Big Green to two Ivy League titles, two NCAA appearances, and a record of 24-8.
Henning was hired as C.W. Post's first women's lacrosse coach in June 1999. She was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II National Coach of the Year after the championship season in 2001. Henning's teams made seven NCAA tourney appearances and won an ECAC title in 2005. Henning had four Division II Players of the Year and 10 IWLCA All-Americans at C.W. Post.
"I have great memories (at C.W. Post) and I'll always love the players and teams I coached," Henning said. "My family and I are ready for a new chapter in our lives. We're excited about moving to Maine."
Besides her coaching duties at C.W. Post, Henning was an associate athletics director and the senior woman administrator. She is nearing completion on her master's degree in sports management from Adelphi University. Henning also will be an assistant coach for women's soccer at Colby.