July 16, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's lacrosse head coach Jennifer Ulehla announced the addition of assistant coach Becca Block to the Wolverine coaching staff on Wednesday, July 16. The 2013 IWLCA Defender of the Year at Syracuse University and current U.S. National Team member joins U-M's staff after one season as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator at the University of Vermont.
"It is an exciting and important day for Michigan women's lacrosse as we proudly introduce Becca Block as the final addition to our coaching staff," said Ulehla. "Having excelled at the highest level of competition, Becca will be an exceptional role model for our student-athletes. Her positive attitude, confidence and competitive drive will motivate and inspire our team to attack challenges with passion and perseverance. I am confident that Becca's unwavering character, work ethic and relentless mentality are an outstanding fit for our program, as we continue to work towards winning Big Ten and NCAA championships."
"Coach Ulehla has given me a great opportunity and I am thrilled about joining her staff at one of our country's most prestigious academic and athletic institutions," said Block. "I want to thank her along with the Athletic Department for having faith in my ability to help bring championship lacrosse to the women's lacrosse program at the University of Michigan. With great opportunities come great challenges. The NCAA lacrosse championship is decided over Memorial Day weekend. Everything we do is focused on playing during the last weekend in May and I will do whatever I can to help us meet this challenge."
Block joins assistant coach Whitney Michele, who was announced as the program's new offensive coordinator on July 2.
"We feel strongly that Becca is the perfect complement to our coaching staff," Ulehla added. "Collectively, our staff's knowledge and experience are exactly what this program needs as we continue to elevate Michigan to national prominence. The desire to make a difference, from both Becca and Whitney, is contagious and elevates our staff to a different level. I am proud, privileged, excited to continue this journey with them as we build on the foundation developed in year one. Together we will strive to recruit the best players in the nation and foster a culture that breeds champions year in and year out."
Block is continuing her playing career at the highest level as a defender on the U.S. Women's National Team. She first joined the team in 2012 following her junior season at Syracuse and has remained on the roster for three years.
In her first season as a collegiate lacrosse coach in 2014, Block helped guide Vermont to a 12-6 overall record and an appearance in the America East Tournament championship game. Under Block's guidance, the Catamounts' defense allowed just 9.50 goals per game, while their offense averaged 14.33 per outing.
The Stratham, N.H., native and 2013 team captain capped a four-year career at Syracuse in 2013, being named Defender of the Year and an All-American by both the IWLCA and Synapse Sports. The Big East Conference also selected Block as its Defender of the Year and a member of the All-Big East first team. Throughout her career, she helped the Orange qualify for the NCAA Tournament on three occasions (2010, '12, '13), where it advanced to the Final Four in 2010 and the national championship game in 2012. In 2012, Syracuse also captured the Big East regular-season title.
Block, a two-time Big East All-Academic honoree, graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science in May 2013.
In addition to Block's collegiate playing and coaching experience, she was also a coach and counselor for the Syracuse University Elite Lacrosse Camps and helped organize and run the Laxfest Lacrosse Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y., from 2010-14.
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