SHU Beginning Women's Lacrosse

Cindy Hill Named First Head Coach

Siena Heights University will begin a women’s lacrosse program in 2011 and named Cindy Hill as its first coach.


SHU Athletic Director Fred Smith said the decision to add women’s lacrosse completes a commitment that began with men’s lacrosse, which SHU added two years ago and played its first games last spring. Hill, who brings a wealth of experience as the girls varsity lacrosse coach at nearby Tecumseh High School, will begin her new duties with the Saints Sept. 1. cindy-hill.jpg


“We are pleased to hire someone of Coach Hill’s caliber of experience and success, said SHU Athletic Director Fred Smith. “Her past experience as a high school coach will help her build her program. She has done a tremendous job at Tecumseh High School and will be a great asset to our athletic program and to our university as a whole.”


“I welcomed the chance to start a college lacrosse program at Siena,” Hill said. “From a lacrosse standpoint, I was ready for a new adventure, and moving onto higher ground greatly interested me. The atmosphere of a caring, warm, student-centered university environment attracted me. I knew Siena would be a good fit for me.”


Hill spent the past nine years as a coach at Tecumseh, and is currently a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s rules committee for girls lacrosse. She recently completed her Level 6 Master’s Elite Coaching Certification from the MHSAA and has instructed at numerous lacrosse camps and clinics. She is a 1982 Eastern Michigan University graduate, earning a bachelor of science degree in political science/public administration.


Siena Heights plans to begin its program in the spring 2011 and will look to compete in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League, a college club league featuring more than 40 institutions from New York to Wisconsin. Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference members Aquinas, Davenport and Indiana Tech are also expected to start women’s lacrosse programs in the near future, Smith said.


“Michigan has great talent, but I want to investigate other areas also,” Hill said of her recruitment strategy, which also includes looking for student-athletes in states like Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois. “I am looking for a community of committed, talented, well-rounded student-athletes with high moral character.”


The Saints are expected to play their home games on SHU’s new outdoor performance stadium, which broke ground July 13, 2010.

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