HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Lincoln Memorial University President Dr. B. James Dawson and Athletic Director Roger Vannoy has selected the first women's lacrosse coach in school history, officially naming Caitlyn Corace to that position on Tuesday.
Corace joins Ryan Kuhn, who was tabbed as the Director of Lacrosse and Men's Lacrosse Coach back in November, on staff.
"I believe Coach Corace is the right choice at the right time as we begin our Women's Lacrosse program this fall," Vannoy said. "She is another coach's daughter. As a matter of fact, everyone in her family either plays or coaches lacrosse. She comes to us from the northeast (NY), which is a hotbed for the sport. I know we have a quality person that our current and future young ladies will respect and enjoy playing for."
Corace ascends to LMU's head position after serving as the assistant coach for Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio this past season. While serving with the Yellow Jackets, Corace had a hand in all aspects of the first-year program, taking part in player development, recruiting, scouting, practice and pre-game planning and budgeting. More specifically, Corace acted as the team's defensive coordinator, installing defensive plays and strategies.
"I would like to thank Mr. Vannoy and the search committee for entrusting me to start the women's lacrosse program at LMU," said Caitlyn Corace. "I would also like to thank the Director of Lacrosse, Ryan Kuhn, for giving the program a head start and I am looking forward to meeting with the incoming recruits in August. I am excited to lead a new program, and begin my head coaching career at Lincoln Memorial."
Prior to her stead with the Yellow Jackets, Corace was the assistant coach for one season at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Corace assisted in every area of the program and, in an inverse of her role at Defiance, she was the offensive coordinator with the Knights. Behind her game planning implementation, Mount Saint Mary won a program-best 10 games that season, averaging 12.11 goals per game while cumulatively outscoring its opponents, 218-193.
"LMU seems like the perfect fit for women's lacrosse because of its strong academics, beautiful campus and competing in the South Atlantic Conference," Corace added.
The summer of 2013 presented Corace with her first real taste of coaching as she headed the Still River Lacrosse Club in Brookfield, Conn. In that role, she coached 2015 and 2016 recruits at a variety of regional tournaments throughout the summer. During that same time, she was also employed as a camp coach at the Maverick Showtime Lacrosse Camp in Danbury, Conn. That camp was comprised of top 150 recruits from both the 2015 and 2016 classes.
Just before getting her coaching career off the ground, Corace wrapped up a prodigious playing career for the Keene State College women's lacrosse team. Corace led the Owls to three Little East Conference championships, the 2010 ECAC Tournament championship and three NCAA Tournament bids, finishing her career ranked fourth in program history with 143 goals. Additionally, she collected 27 career assists for 170 total points.
In the summer of 2012, Corace was nominated to represent the United States as a part of the USAAI U.S.A. Lacrosse Team. In that capacity, Corace competed against club teams hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland as well as the Scottish National Team.
Lincoln Memorial announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as the 15th and 16th sports, respectively, sponsored by the athletic department in the fall of 2013. The initial lacrosse seasons will begin in the spring of 2015 and both teams will immediately be eligible to compete for the South Atlantic Conference title. Lacrosse will be the first new sport introduced at LMU since the women's golf program was installed in 1999.