Nielsen announced as women's lacrosse coach

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 3:14pm

A week after former Maryland assistant Kevin Conry was hired as the Michigan men’s lacrosse coach, the women’s program filled that same opening.

Athletic director Warde Manuel announced Monday that Hannah Nielsen, a member of the Australia women’s national team and assistant coach at Northwestern, will be the next coach of the Wolverines.

"I am thrilled to welcome one of the most accomplished women's lacrosse players of all-time to lead our program," Manuel said in a statement. "Hannah has proven her ability to translate her skills and knowledge of the game into a successful coaching career. She has been a winner at every level, and I am confident she is prepared to lead our women's lacrosse program."

Nielsen is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the sport. As a midfielder at Northwestern from 2006 to 2009, she won four national championships, three All-American honors and two Teewaraton Awards — which are given to the nation’s top college lacrosse player — in 2008 and 2009.

She is also the Wildcats’ all-time leader in both points and assists, as well as the NCAA all-time leader in assists, single-season assists and assists in a single game.

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In international play, Nielsen is just as decorated. She was a part of Australia’s gold-medal winning team at the 2005 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, and was named an All-Star at the 2009 and 2013 tournaments as Australia finished second and third, respectively. She is currently training with the national team as it prepares to compete in the 2017 World Cup in England next month.

Nielsen’s coaching career began in 2009 at Penn State, and she has also coached at Towson, Colorado and most recently Northwestern, where she helped guide the Wildcats into the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

"I am extremely excited and honored to be named the new head coach of the women's lacrosse program at the University of Michigan," Nielsen said in a statement. "I am excited to take the next step in my coaching career in becoming a head coach, and could not think of a better place to start this new chapter.

"I would like to thank Warde Manuel and Bitsy Ritt for this incredible opportunity and for their support so far. I am also grateful to Kelly Amonte Hiller, the Northwestern staff and athletic department for their ongoing support, and to my previous coaching mentors who have helped me get to this position. I am so excited to get started and for the future of this program."