Aug. 27, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Caitlin Powderly and Melissa Lehman have been named Brown Women's Lacrosse assistant coaches, in an announcement made by head coach Keely McDonald.
"I am thrilled to hire two women with elite lacrosse experience," said McDonald. "Caitlin and Melissa have the integrity and values to be powerful female role models for our student athletes."
Powderly joins the Brown staff after serving as the head coach at Clarkson University last season. While with the Golden Knights, Powderly was responsible for all aspects of the women's lacrosse program, while also serving as an advisor to Clarkson's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and providing game management during fall events. Prior to coaching at Clarkson, Powderly was an assistant coach at Hamilton College, helping to lead the Continentals to the 2007 Liberty League Championship, while posting the most wins in programs history with a 16-3 record. As part of the coaching staff at Hamilton, which advanced to the 2007 NCAA Quarterfinals, Powderly was named IWLCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
A 2004 graduate of the University of New England with a B.A. in Psychology, Powderly was a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team, serving as a captain her senior year. All All-Conference goalie for the University of New England, Powderly got her start in coaching in the fall of 2003 when she served as a field hockey coach for the Middle School of the Kennebunks in Kennebunk, Maine. She then spent a year in the United Kingdom, where she was a Lacrosse School Coaching Officer at Marlborough College. Upon her return to the U.S., Powderly spent one season under Julie Redman at her alma mater, before moving to Hamilton.
A 2008 graduate of Ivy rival Penn with a B.A. in Economics, Lehman was a three-year starter for the Quakers' midfield, earning Third Team All-American, First Team All-Region, and First Team All-Ivy as a senior captain, while helping to lead Penn to a 17-2 record, its second straight Ivy League Title, and a #2 national ranking, advancing to the NCAA Championship game. As a junior in 2007, Lehman earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy, while helping to lead the Quakers to the NCAA semi-finals. As a senior, Lehman was second on the team in both goals (33) and points (44).
A native of Oceanport, NJ, Lehman has coached at both the Penn Elite Lacrosse Camp (2005-2008) and the Extreme Sports Camp in Seaside Heights, NJ (2003-2007). In addition, she has also volunteered for the past five years at the Shore Lacrosse Camp, teaching the game to local middle school children.