Sweet Briar athletic director Kelly Morrison has announced the appointment of Jessica Lamina as head field hockey coach. Lamina comes to Sweet Briar after serving as the assistant coach at Gettysburg College. Her first day at Sweet Briar will be April 2, 2009.
“I am excited to announce the appointment of Jess Lamina,” Morrison said. “Jess brings a great deal of passion and excitement to the program. Jess is a self proclaimed ‘hockey head,’ and she impressed everyone she met during her interview on campus.
“She clearly understands Sweet Briar and what it’s going to take to move the team to the next level. It does not hurt that she played for Ursinus [College] and was a member of the 2006 NCAA Division III championship team. Jess was a second-team All-American in 2005 and a first-team All-American in 2006. Jess knows how to win and will be a great addition to the department.”
Lamina will be taking over an already successful program. Over the past few years the hockey team has been on the rise, and this year, three Vixens received Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors.
Junior midfielder Molly McGonegle (Virginia Beach, Va.) was named to the All-ODAC first team. McGonegle finished the season with 74 shots, eight goals and four assists. She was ranked in seven conference categories as an offensive leader for the ODAC.
Blair Sutton, a senior midfielder (Richmond, Va.), and first-year goalkeeper Madeline Wilson (Orange, Va.) received All-ODAC honorable mentions by the conference coaches. Sutton was the conference leader for defensive saves while Wilson compiled 150 saves for a save percentage of .789.
Morrison said Lamina understands the legacy of Sweet Briar’s hockey program, and she is committed to its success.
“Jess is excited to step in to the role that [former head coach] Jennifer Crispen left,” she said. “We knew it would take a special person to be the next hockey coach at SBC. Jess is that special person.”