Women's Lacrosse—Coaches

Karen Henning
Head Coach

Karen MacCrate Henning

email: khenning@colby.edu
phone: 207-859-4933
fax: 207-859-4902

Karen MacCrate Henning, who won national titles as a player and coach, is in her seventh season as head coach of the women's lacrosse team in the 2013-14 academic year.

In her first six seasons Henning has led the Mules to six straight NCAA tourney appearances, including three national quarterfinal berths in the past three years. She helped the Mules win the program's first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title in 2008, then led the Mules to another league title in 2009. The Mules also made the NESCAC title game in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. She earned the New England Pilgrim Region and NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in her first year. Colby is 87-26 in Henning's six seasons.

The Mules made the NCAA tourney for the second time in school history after a semifinal win over Middlebury and a title game victory against Trinity in the NESCAC tourney in 2008. She also earned New England Region coaching honors in her second year as the Mules once again made the national tourney. Despite falling in the NESCAC title game in 2010 and 2011, the Mules made it further in the NCAA tourney than any Colby team in the past by reaching the NCAA quarterfinals.

Henning has a 87-26 record in her six seasons at Colby and a 190-47 overall record as a head coach. She has a staggering 80 percent winning percentage in her coaching career. Henning was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Fountation (LIMLF) in February 2011 for her playing and coaching career.

Henning spent 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 has achieved success throughout 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 seasons in 2001 and 2007. 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.

Assistant Coaches

Paula Habel

Paula Habel, who has head and assistant coaching experience, is in her first year asHabel assistant women's lacrosse coach for the 2013-14 academic year.

Habel takes over for Kim Williams, who left after three years to become the new head coach at Richard Stockton College. Habel was a volunteer assistant coach last year for Colby head coach Karen MacCrate Henning.

"Paula has a wealth of experience coaching women's lacrosse and with leadership building,"MacCrate Henning said. "She already has a connection with the team after volunteering last year and we are really lucky to find someone like her to help propel this team forward."

Habel has been a head coach during parts of the last eight years. Most recently she was the head coach at Bridgewater State University for the 2011-12 academic year. She helped Bridgewater win the New England Women's Lacrosse Association regular season title and the tournament championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAADivision III Tournament.

Habel was the head coach at Emerson College for one year (2010-11 academic year), but her longest coaching stint was three years at Allegheny College. She helped Allegheny reach the North Coast Athletic Conference playoffs in two of the three years and led the 2010 squad to a team record for wins in a season (9).

Habel had more successas a head coach at Plymouth State for two seasons. She helped the Panthers win the ECAC title and finish with a 13-5 record in 2005. Plymouth State went to the NCAA tourney in 2006, won Little East Conference regular season and tournament titles, and finished 13-6 overall.

Habel moved to NCAA Division I Ohio University as an assistant coach for the 2006-07 academic year, but Ohio decided to cut the women's lacrosse program and some other sports in February 2007. Habel ended up as an assistant coach for Bowdoin College during the 2007 season.

Before her head coaching stint at Plymouth State, Habel was an assistant lacrosse coach at Stonehill College during the 2003-04 academic year.

Habel was a 2003 Cum Laude graduate of Bridgewater State and receiver her master's degree in educational leadership from Plymouth State University in 2009. Habel player four years of lacrosse and three years of basketball at Bridgewater. She was the NEWLA Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003, captained the team for three years, and was All-NEWLA in all four seasons.

Mark Serdjenian


Mark Serdjenian enters his seventh season as assistant women's lacrosse coach in the 2013-14 academic year.

Serdjenian stepped down as head men's soccer coach after the 2013 season with a 261-230-46 record with the Colby men's soccer program over 38 years.

Serdjenian, who graduated from Colby in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in English, was co-captain of the men's soccer team as a senior and was named All-Maine as a goalkeeper in each of his three varsity seasons. In 1990 he was named Maine and New England Coach of the Year after the Mules completed the regular season undefeated and ranked number one in the region. He also was named 1993 Maine Coach of the Year.

After 11 years in elementary education, Serdjenian returned to Colby in 1984 to work as associate dean of students for academics, a post he held for 23 years before joining the Department of Athletics on a full-time basis for the 2007-08 academic year.

Serdjenian is a United States Soccer Federation licensed coach and holds the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma. Serdjenian also directs popular co-ed summer soccer camps at Colby and is an associate staff coach for the NSCAA.

Stephanie Belangersmallmugbelanger

Stephanie Belanger, who played goaltender for Utica College, is in her first year as an assistant coach and will work with Colby's goalies.

Belanger, who graduated from Utica in May 2013, was an Empire 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention selection for the 2013 season.

A Lewiston, Maine native, Belanger has been the head coach and goalie coach for the Maineiax Lacrosse Club since 2011.