July 9, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After three successful seasons as an assistant coach for Northwestern, Hillary Fratzke has been named the head women's lacrosse coach at the College of William & Mary, the school announced Tuesday. The move allows Fratzke to return to the familiar landscape of the Colonial Athletic Association, where she twice was named the CAA Player of the Year during her All-American playing career at Towson University (2006-10).
"I'd like to thank Kelly Amonte Hiller and the Northwestern University Athletic Department for providing me with the experience, knowledge and tools to drive a successful program," Fratzke said. "I would also like to thank [W&M Athletics Director] Terry Driscoll and the rest of the Tribe staff for putting their complete faith in me as the leader of the women's lacrosse program. It is an incredible opportunity to coach at an institution that combines such strong academics with a culture of athletic success."
Fratzke is the eighth head coach in the 44-year history of William & Mary women's lacrosse.
"Hillary is an enthusiastic and charismatic leader who brings great knowledge and incredible positivity to a program," said seven-time NCAA champion Amonte Hiller. "She has a great knack for inspiring her players and I think she will do an amazing job. We couldn't be more excited for her to get the opportunity to head the William and Mary program."
Fratzke becomes the eighth former player or assistant coach of Amonte Hiller currently working as a Division I women's lacrosse head coach and the second in the CAA. Tewaaraton Award winner and 2012 Northwestern graduate Shannon Smith was hired last year as the head coach at Hofstra University and guided the Pride to the CAA Tournament championship game in May.
Following her outstanding playing career in Baltimore, Fratzke arrived in Evanston and helped the Wildcats claim back-to-back NCAA championships in 2011 and 2012 and post a return trip to championship weekend this past season. Northwestern accumulated a 61-7 record during Fratzke's three seasons in Evanston and produced two Lacrosse Honda Sports Award winners (Shannon Smith, Taylor Thornton).
Fratzke, who ranks third in NCAA women's lacrosse history in draw controls (327), also helped NU's Alyssa Leonard develop into one of the top draw specialists in the country. In 2013, Leonard broke Northwestern's school standards for both career and single-season draw controls and enters her senior season ranked fourth behind Fratzke on the NCAA all-time list (306).
A native of Centreville, Md., Fratzke played in 72 games for Towson with 70 starts. She tallied 199 goals and 63 assists during her career, both of which rank third all-time in program history, and her 262 points is second in the Tiger record book. Fratzke also sits atop the Towson career leaders in ground balls (193), draw controls (327) and caused turnovers (144).
Fratzke helped lead Towson to back-to-back CAA titles in 2008 and 2009 as the Tigers qualified for the NCAA tournament three straight seasons from 2008-10. She was honored in 2010 by being named to the Colonial Athletic Association's 25th-Anniversary Team.
Former Northwestern Players Coaching in Division I
Sarah Albrecht (New Hampshire)
Ann Elliott (Colorado)
Angela McMahon (Massachusetts)
Lindsey Munday (Southern California)
Shannon Smith (Hofstra)
Kirstyn Atkinson (Navy)
Hilary Bowen (Southern California)
Katrina Dowd (North Carolina)
Christy Finch (Ohio State)
Alex Frank (Boston College)
Caitlin Jackson (Iona)
Brianne LoManto (Massachusetts)
Colleen Magarity (Colorado)
Brooke Matthews (Penn State)
Hannah Nielsen (Colorado)
Danielle Spencer (Northwestern)
Former Northwestern Assistant Coaches in Division I
Hillary Fratzke (Head Coach, William & Mary)
Alexis Venechanos (Head Coach, Ohio State)
Acacia Walker (Head Coach, Boston College)
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