March 26, 2012
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern associate head coach Ann Elliott, a member of the NU coaching staff since 2009 and a former standout defender for the Wildcats, was introduced Monday as the first head coach of the University of Colorado women's lacrosse program. Elliott will remain on staff with Northwestern for the duration of the 2012 campaign.
Colorado officially added women's lacrosse as its 17th varsity sport in February and will begin Division I competition in the spring of 2014.
As a player and coach at NU, Elliott has been a part of five of the Wildcats' six NCAA championship-winning teams. Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller announced Elliott's promotion to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season.
"Our athletic enterprise is enhanced dramatically with the addition of head coach Ann Elliott and the exciting sport of lacrosse," said Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn. "She embodies the leadership and passion of all the wonderful aspects of being a Buff. Her vision of the program is dynamic and ambitious while consisted with our guiding principles."
Elliott is the third former player under Amonte Hiller to join the Division I head coaching ranks, joining Angela McMahon of Massachusetts and Lindsey Munday of Southern Cal. Both Elliott and Munday also spent time as an assistant to Amonte Hiller.
"I'm extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to become Colorado's first head coach," Elliott said. "I'd like to thank the staff at Colorado for giving me this chance and the staff at Northwestern, Kelly (Amonte Hiller), Scott Hiller and athletic director Jim Phillips for allowing me to pursue this opportunity, particularly during the season. I've been fortunate to work with so many unbelievable players, coaches and staff at Northwestern and I'm truly grateful to them for helping me get to today.
"Kelly Amonte Hiller
has been one of my great mentors over the course of my career, first as a coach to me and then as someone that I worked alongside," Elliott said. "It's been my dream to build a program and I learned from Kelly that it's a process and that to get where you want to go you have to be willing to put in the time. There are a lot of ups and downs along the way but it's really about how you respond to it, taking things head-on with a positive attitude. I've learned a lot recently about the CU athletic department and the values and principles they've established, and it was really neat to see how many of those values are in line with what I've established for myself and what I learned at Northwestern."
In her time on staff at Northwestern, Elliott was primarily responsible for coordinating the Wildcats defense, a unit that in 2011 limited opponents to fewer than 10 goals in five of six postseason games en route to the national title. That included holding top-seeded Maryland, the nation's fourth-ranked offense, to just seven goals in an 8-7 NU victory in the national title game. In 2009, Elliott's first season on the staff, Northwestern allowed just 6.87 goals per game for the year, second best in the country, and caused 188 turnovers.
Off the field, Elliott helped manage all aspects of the program including recruiting, film study, team travel, marketing and youth camps.
A four-time letterwinner at Northwestern, Elliott was a key member of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 national championship teams, earning third-team All-American honors as a senior. The Wildcats' team captain in 2007, Elliott finished her NU career with 44 caused turnovers and scooped up 101 ground balls. She also notched 14 goals and added an assist during her Wildcat career, and was named Academic All-Big Ten three times.
After graduating from Northwestern with a B.S. degree in Radio, Television and Film in 2007, Elliott served as the head coach of the Wildcat Elite Club and the Wildcat Developmental Team for Amonte Sports. She also spent one season as an assistant coach for New Trier High School, helping the Trevians to the 2008 state championship.
Information from the University of Colorado website, CUBuffs.com, was used in this release.
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