Brower Takes Another National Honor
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Courtesy: Tim Flynn, Associate Director of Athletic Communications, University of Pennsylvania
For the third time this summer, Penn women's lacrosse Head Coach Karin Brower has been named the National Coach of the Year, this time by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA).
Brower was previously honored by Inside Lacrosse magazine and womenslacrosse.com after guiding the Quakers to an Ivy League title and an appearance in the NCAA semifinals.
Penn pulled off one of the nation's most dramatic turnarounds, improving from 10-6 in 2006 to 16-2 this year. The team won its first Ivy League title in a quarter-century and earned its first NCAA berth since 1984. Brower coached the Quakers to a No. 2 national ranking behind a stifling defense that ranked second in the country. The Quakers ran the table in the Ivy League, and their only two losses came to the eventual national champion, Northwestern.
In 2000, Brower took over a struggling Penn program that had gone 1-12 the year before. Steady improvement has marked her tenure since, culminating in the 2007 season which saw her team set program records in wins (16), winning streak (13 in a row) and highest national ranking (second).
Karen MacCrate of C.W. Post and Anne Phillips of Franklin & Marshall were named the Division II and III national coaches of the year, respectively, after leading their teams to national titles.