Oct. 19, 2012
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2012 -- Complete Release.
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Northwestern head women's lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, winner of nine NCAA championships as a player and coach and one of the best ever to play the game, will be officially inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame this weekend in Hunt Valley, Md. Amonte Hiller will be inducted in honor of her tremendous career as a player, which included back-to-back national player of the year awards while playing for two NCAA title-winning teams at Maryland in 1995 and 1996.
The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class was first announced on May 23 of this year.
"It is a great honor to be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and it is even more special to be inducted with this incredible class," Amonte Hiller said. "It is very special to me that this class includes my coach and mentor Cindy Timchal. I would like to thank all the many coaches and teammates that have influenced me in my playing and coaching career. I would also like to thank (former Northwestern administrators) Rick Taylor and Nancy Lyons for taking a chance on me and hiring me as the coach at Northwestern, as well as (former NU athletic director) Mark Murphy and (current A.D.) Jim Phillips for their leadership and support of myself and my program. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents, my family and my husband Scott for always supporting and pushing me in my athletic endeavors."
A native of Hingham, Mass., Amonte Hiller arrived at Maryland and earned the first of four NCAA All-America honors as a freshman, receiving first-team All-America accolades each of her final three seasons as a Terrapin. She helped lead the Terps to the NCAA championship in 1995 and 1996, garnering national defensive player of the year honors in 1995 and the national offensive player of the year award a year later. Additionally, Amonte Hiller was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference's (ACC) Female Athlete of the Year in 1996.
Amonte Hiller, who still ranks among the all-time points leaders in NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse history with 319, was a 2008 inductee into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.
Following her collegiate career, Amonte Hiller embarked on a long and successful playing career with the U.S. Women's National Team, competing internationally at the 1997, 2001 and 2005 Women's Lacrosse World Cup and earning All-World Team honors in 2005.
Amonte Hiller is in her 12th season as the head coach at Northwestern, where she has overseen the growth of a program that has won seven of the last eight NCAA championships. The five-time IWLCA Coach of the Year recently surpassed her mentor, Timchal, as the winningest coach in NCAA women's lacrosse postseason history.
Amonte Hiller is one of several individuals with ties to Maryland in the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame class, a group that includes Amonte Hiller's former head coach in College Park, Cindy Timchal. The remaining members of the class are: Jen Adams (player, Maryland), Roy Colsey (player, Syracuse), Brian Dougherty (player, Maryland), Missy Foote (coach, Middlebury), Jesse Hubbard (player, Princeton), Tim Nelson (player, Syracuse) and Timchal.
For more information on the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and complete bios for each member of the Class of 2012, visit USLacrosse.org.
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