BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan College and athletic director Randy Tenney are pleased to announce Hannah Lively as the new women's lacrosse head coach.
Lively is a 2010 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her Master's in Education in Reading Specialization in 2011.
She is also a former player on the lacrosse team, playing from 2008-2010.
She is a native of Buckhannon and a 2006 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School.
Lively has been an instrumental force in the development of lacrosse at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.
While working on her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan, she was an assistant coach on the very first lacrosse team at Buckhannon-Upshur in 2008. The 2008 team was state runners-up in West Virginia.
She took over the program as head coach in 2010 where she remained until this summer.
"I helped sustain the program and keep players interested and motivated," Lively said. "When the high school program became established, I started a middle school program in hopes of having a feeder program for the high school."
Lively established the middle school program in 2012 and has overseen its growth since then.
She is currently a fifth-grade teacher at Rock Cave Elementary, a position she will retain while coaching the Lady Bobcat program.
Lively said she is looking forward to the opportunity of being the head coach of the Lady Bobcat lacrosse program.
"I am very excited to make the transition from high school to the NCAA Division II ranks," Lively said. "When I heard this position was an option, I felt it was meant to happen. This is my Alma Mater. I want to give back to it and take the lacrosse program to new heights."
Lively will inherit a very young team that went 6-9 and also secured a play-off berth in the Mountain East Conference in 2016.
The 2016 roster had 11 freshmen out of 18 student-athletes.
She will be the third head coach of the program in the last three years.
"I think it will be difficult for the players to start new – again," Lively remarked. "Each coach has a different style and expectations. However, I have a lot of great things in store for the team to boost their motivation and focus on the upcoming season. My goals are to lead the team to a winning season and focusing on strengthening the players from within."
Lively and her Lady Bobcats will begin the 2017 season in late February.
"I am very excited to meet the team and to begin coaching them," Lively concluded. "I can't wait to get started."
"We are happy to add Hannah to our coaching staff," remarked Tenney. "Hopefully she will give us the stability within the program that we need. She will begin building her staff immediately."