Coach Jennifer Ulehla will lead the Wolverines in the program's inaugural season, which begins on Saturday (Feb. 22) at Villanova, while the home opener at Oosterbaan Field House is slated for Friday, Feb. 28.
Jen Valore is in her first season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan women's lacrosse team. She joined U-M's staff on Dec. 23, 2011, and began preparing the program for its inaugural 2014 season.
A native of Moorestown, N.J., Valore (vuh-LOR-e) was a four-year starter on defense for Ulehla at James Madison University from 1997-2000. In 2000, she captained the Dukes squad that reached the Final Four and was named South Jersey Collegiate Defender of the Year.
Valore's previous Division I coaching experience spanned two seasons at Temple from 2004-06. During that time, the Owls were Atlantic 10 co-champions in 2005 and A-10 Tournament finalists in 2006.
Upon graduation from JMU, Valore spent time in collegiate athletic administration and remained active in coaching, having served as instructor and coach for numerous camps, clinics and youth lacrosse teams. Most recently, Valore served as head coach for the Katz JCC women's lacrosse teams of the Maccabi Games (2010-2011), leading her team to a gold medal in the Games' inaugural lacrosse tournament.
During the past five years, Valore was involved in coaching education while working within the sport management department at Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), where she put her coaching skills to practice as a program administrator and adjunct instructor for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. During her time at Drexel, Valore helped develop the Drexel Sports Leadership Academy (DSLA), which uses sport as the vehicle to teach leadership principles to athletes and coaches. She implemented programs within the DLSA, including "Coaching the Coaches," "Coaching Your Kids" and "Competing with Character" among others.