Jan. 15, 2013
With the U-M women's lacrosse program's first recruiting class in the books, all 28 members will now be featured in their own student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.
Kim Coughlan is a two-time varsity letterwinner (2011, '12) and will play her final season at Saint Anthony's High School (South Huntington, N.Y.) this spring.
As a sophomore and junior, Coughlan helped the Friars win the program's fourth and fifth consecutive league championships, respectively, recording back-to-back 12-0 records in league play. She also helped Saint Anthony's achieve a No. 3 national ranking in 2011 and 2012, and in 2012 earn the No. 1 spot in New York State, according to Lax Power.
The right-handed midfielder played club lacrosse for the Long Island Express. She was also an all-league hurdler and varsity letterwinner in indoor track and field as a freshman (2009).
Off the field, Coughlan is an Honor Roll student and member of National Honors Society.
College athletics run in the Coughlan family, as her father played hockey at Assumption College, her mother was a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track teams at Cortland, and her oldest sister, Kelley, competed in indoor and outdoor track and field at Middlebury College.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Kim is a fierce competitor whose grit, determination and stealth-like style of play shine through in a leadership capacity on the field. She is a well-balanced student-athlete who can be relied on to not only meet but exceed expectations, setting a high bar for the rest of the team. Kim's overall athletic ability and compelling attitude are a winning combination."
ACCORDING TO KIM
Port Jefferson, N.Y.
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"I was initially attracted by Coach Ulehla's enthusiasm for both the University of Michigan and women's lacrosse. I also loved the idea of being part of the inaugural team, where we will get to start a new tradition inside a school steeped in tradition."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"I'm very excited to be part of the University of Michigan's women's lacrosse team. I really like the idea of 28 freshmen and becoming a close family. I cannot wait to start our women's lacrosse tradition together."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"I feel like I have known most of my future teammates my whole life. I have only known them for a couple of months and they are already my best friends. I cannot wait to spend the next four years with them."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I love all the tradition and camaraderie. Everyone seems to have so much spirit and love for this school. I'm really looking forward to becoming part of the University of Michigan's family."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all time took place two years ago during my sophomore year of high school. It was the beginning of the season and my whole team was standing on the field about to start practice when my coach came over and told us that we were ranked number one in the nation for preseason. My team and I went crazy and that single moment pumped us up for the remainder of the season. We became closer and stronger. From that point on, we acted as a unified and determined unit and have continued to work hard together as one team."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"My Uncle Jim was an All-American at Brown University. He gave me my first lacrosse stick when I was in first grade."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My role models are my parents. They have taught me how to be strong and never give up."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I enjoy spending time with my friends and playing tennis."
Favorite food ... Sushi
Favorite band/artist ... Beyoncé or Lil Wayne
Favorite movie ... Bridesmaids
Favorite subject/class taken ... Anatomy
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Costa Rica
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Soccer and Tennis
Favorite holiday ... Christmas
Previous Student-Athlete Spotlights
Grace Collins (Jan. 10)
Natalie Carti (Jan. 8)
Bianca Brueckner (Dec. 20)
Allie Breitfeller (Dec. 18)
Emily Braun (Dec. 13)
Sara Beach (Dec. 11)
Jess Angerman (Dec. 6)
Regan Anderson (Dec. 4)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423