July 1, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's lacrosse head coach Jennifer Ulehla announced the hiring of her second assistant coach, Casey Ancarrow, on Monday (July 1). The two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee joins the Wolverine staff after recently completing a standout career at James Madison University. In addition to her career at JMU, Ancarrow was also a member of the U.S. Women's National Team from 2010-12.
"We are excited to have Casey join our women's lacrosse staff," said Ulehla. "She is an extremely talented and experienced player with a very high lacrosse IQ who will bring a youthful and energetic dynamic to our program. Casey comes from a very strong lacrosse background and has excelled at the elite level. She is a high character individual with a great deal of experience and knowledge, both as a player and coach, which will be a tremendous asset to our team. Casey's tireless work ethic, enthusiasm for learning and desire to make a difference will lay the foundation for a successful transition to collegiate coaching at Michigan."
Amcarrow builds upon the Michigan-James Madison connection as current U-M assistant coach Jen Valore was a four-year starter for Ulehla at JMU from 1997-2000.
"I am thrilled at the opportunity to join coach Ulehla and coach Valore at the University of Michigan," said Ancarrow. "Being a part of Team One and to help build the women's lacrosse program at a university with such a stellar academic and athletic history is a dream come true. It is obvious that Michigan is a unique place built upon tradition and success, and these are characteristics that will undoubtedly allow us to build a championship level program."
A native of Jarrettsville, Md., Ancarrow was a four-year starting attacker for the Dukes from 2010-2013, captaining the squad in 2012 and 2013. She concluded her career ranked fifth in goals (159) and points (220), tied for eighth in draw controls (119) and tied for ninth in assists (61) on JMU's all-time career lists.
Throughout her four-year career, she helped lead the Dukes to a combined 54-19 record, as well as back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Ancarrow was a two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee, which is given annually to the nation's top player, earning a spot on the list in 2011 and 2013. She also appeared on the Tewaaraton Watch List in 2012. She was named CAA Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and earned IWLCA All-America third team honors in three consecutive seasons from 2011-2013. The dynamic attacker produced a streak of 55 straight games with at least one point that spanned three seasons.
Over the past year, Ancarrow has served as an assistant coach for the NEMS Lacrosse club team, where she helped develop 24 elite high school athletes. From 2008-2010, she worked as the Assistant Director of Operations at Top of the Bay Sports in Bel Air, Md., helping to promote, manage and conduct camps and clinics.
The three-time All-CAA first team member earned her bachelor's degree in justice studies with a minor in coaching from JMU in May 2013, and was a three-time JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete (2011-13).
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