July 2, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's lacrosse head coach Jennifer Ulehla announced the hiring of assistant coach Whitney Michele (pronounced Michael) on Wednesday, July 2. The former All-Big East selection at the University of Connecticut joins the Wolverine staff after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts and will work primarily with the Maize and Blue offense.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Whitney Michele as the newest addition to our women's lacrosse staff," said Ulehla. "Whitney brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive Division I coaching experience that will have an immediate impact on our team this year. She understands the fundamental aspects of developing a successful program and possesses the positive energy, relentless work ethic and strong character necessary to make a difference.
"Whitney's expertise in evaluating and recruiting talented student-athletes is essential as we continue to work towards our goal of winning Big Ten and NCAA national championships. Whitney recognizes this coaching opportunity as a privilege and will honor her commitment to the University of Michigan with passion and pride every day."
"I am honored to have this amazing opportunity to work in such a supportive athletic department, at a Big Ten Conference school," said Michele. "I am excited to join coach Ulehla in her mission to put Michigan women's lacrosse on the map! She is a very well respected and knowledgeable head coach, and I am looking forward to learning from her."
While at UMass, Michele served as the team's recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator, guiding the program to a 32-4 overall record in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During the most recent 2014 campaign, she helped lead the program to its highest national ranking in school history at No. 8. The Minutewomen won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference championships in 2013 and 2014, en route to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2013. Most notably, Michele helped produce one two-time A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, one IWLCA All-America first team member, two IWLCA All-America third team selections, eight All-Atlantic-10 first team players and two All-Region first team honorees.
Michele got her start in collegiate coaching as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at High Point University from 2009-12. She gained valuable experience in the development of a new Division I program, as she played an integral part in recruiting and building HPU's first women's lacrosse team. She spent more than a year recruiting and helping to lay a foundation for the program before the inaugural season in 2011, where she helped the Panthers set an NCAA record for most wins in an inaugural season for a Division I program with a 15-4 record. Throughout her two seasons, the Panthers earned a 30-8 record.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Michele was also the co-founder and assistant program director for the Panther Lacrosse Club in High Point, N.C., where she coached the team in 2011 and 2012. Previously, the East Rochester, N.Y., native helped to establish the Lady Roc Lacrosse Club in her hometown. During her time with that club from 2005-2009, she helped 22 players get recruited to play lacrosse at the Division I level.
Michele has established a broad network around the country, having served as camp director or coach for several camps since 2005, including camps at Northwestern at and UNC, as well as the Top 215 and Nike Lacrosse Camps.
Michele completed a stellar four-year career at the University of Connecticut in 2009, and remains ranked in the top 10 in program history for career goals (7th), assists (4th), points (6th), games played (4th) and games started (1st). She led the Huskies as team captain as a junior and senior and was an All-Big East second team selection as a junior in 2008. The Big East Academic Scholar Athlete earned her bachelor's degree in communications from UConn in May 2009.
Contact: Whitney Dixon