101 Ways to Get to Know Women's Lacrosse: 85-82

Nov. 21, 2012

Every other week, the women's lacrosse staff will countdown 101 ways to help you get to know the program, before the first team steps foot on campus in August 2013. Go Blue!

This has been an exciting week for our women's lacrosse staff and the world of lacrosse, and it's only Wednesday! The University of Maryland, which is Coach Ulehla's alma mater, along with Rutgers University, announced they will join the Big Ten Conference.

After returning from Florida for the IWLCA Annual Meetings and Presidents Cup, Michigan announced its first signing class in program history today (Wednesday, Nov. 21). And now, after a whirlwind of exciting events, Coach Ulehla and Coach Valore will spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends.

85. On Maryland joining the Big Ten Conference ... "We are honored and excited to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference. The Big Ten hit a home run by adding another distinguished academic institution with a historically strong athletic tradition. As a proud 1991 Maryland graduate, I couldn't be happier to have my alma mater join such a prestigious group of universities. This is a tremendous opportunity for the future of Big Ten women's lacrosse." - Coach Ulehla

84. Did you know that with the addition of the Terrapins in the Big Ten Conference, five of the six women's lacrosse head coaches in the Big Ten are graduates of the University of Maryland? ... "Northwestern's Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Penn State's Missy Dougherty, Ohio State's Alexis Venechanos, Maryland's Cathy Reese and the elder of the group, yours truly from Michigan. That is an amazing statistic, one I am sure all my former Terps are proud of. Rutgers' head coach Laura Brand-Sias is the odd coach out in this sorority of alums, but she gets to represent her own alma mater, the Scarlet Knights, which I am positive she feels privileged to do. It is exciting to be a part of this elite group of coaches, and perhaps in the future we will all be competing for a Big Ten championship. Until then, I am honored to have the opportunity to compete in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), which is one of the most competitive conferences in the country." - Coach Ulehla

83. On Coach Ulehla's plans for Thanksgiving ... "This is my second Thanksgiving living in Michigan and I am looking to start a new tradition. I will join family and friends in Detroit for the early bird 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Parade down the famous Woodward Avenue. This is a fabulous festive production that will get me in the holiday spirit tomorrow morning and for many years to come. Perhaps next year I might even take part in the Turkey Trot. Once the last float goes by, and we have gotten a glimpse of Saint Nick, we will walk across Woodward and head straight for Ford Field to watch the annual Detroit Lions football game at 12:30 p.m. This year, they will be battling it out against the Houston Texans. It will be my first Detroit Lions game! I will then end the evening back in Ann Arbor with some festive drinks and of course a grand turkey dinner with all the fixings -- even my infamous lima beans. I am so thankful for my life here at the University of Michigan. Best wishes to all during this special day of thanks. Embrace your loved ones and enjoy your time together." - Coach Ulehla

82. On Coach Valore's plans for Thanksgiving ... "I'm fortunate to be able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends in my hometown of Moorestown, N.J., this year. I always look forward to family gatherings and my nephew Luca is two years old now, so holidays with him are becoming more and more fun! On the day before and after Thanksgiving, I'll also be able to see some of my Michigan family, as I'm heading up to Madison Square Garden to watch the U-M men's hoops team play in the NIT Season Tip-Off. I'm looking forward to cheering on the Wolverines. GO BLUE! I wish you all a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday." - Coach Valore

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