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Denham to Head New Women's Lacrosse Program
Liberty Athletics Director Jeff Barber announced the hiring of Regan Denham to usher in the women's lacrosse program, as the first head coach in school history. Denham comes most recently from Division III Springfield College, located in Springfield, Mass.
"We are very excited to announce that Regan Denham has accepted our position as the inaugural women's lacrosse head coach at Liberty," said Barber. "As a first year program it was very important to bring in an individual with a high-level of background in the sport. Not only does Regan bring great experience to our up-and-coming program, but she has also played and coached at other Christian institutions, and understands the mission of Liberty University."
In her only season at Springfield College, Denham led her squad to a 12-6 record and a 5-1 mark in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Pride fell to Babson in the second round of the NEWMAC Tournament. Denham also served as an assistant professor of physical education at the institution.
"I am really excited for the opportunity to help start a new program at Liberty," commented Denham. "To be offered the chance to coach at a Division I school with a Christian mission was a thrilling proposition."
Prior to landing at Springfield College, Denham led the Missouri Baptist Spartans, a NAIA institution, to a winning record in just its second year of existence. Before becoming a head coach, Denham served as an assistant coach at Averett in Danville, Va., where she helped the squad earn a berth into the USA South Conference Tournament after it had previously not won a game in its first three years as a program. She was also the assistant coach at Drew University in Madison, N.J., where she served as the interim head coach during a maternity leave of its head coach. During that season, Denham helped guide Drew to a 14-6 overall record, a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament's "Sweet 16", and a top-20 ranking in the IWCLA poll.
In her playing days, after transferring from Vanderbilt in Nashville, Denham became a midfielder at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., where she served as a two-time team captain. A four-time Middle Atlantic All-Conference selection, Denham broke eight school records during her stay at Messiah, from where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 2004. Denham went on to complete her master's of science degree in physical education at Missouri Baptist in April 2008.
"Regan and her husband were in Lynchburg over the weekend and there was no doubt this was the right person to bring to Liberty," reflected Barber. "We have a department filled with outstanding coaches spiritually, athletically and academically, and Regan fits right in with the quality coaching staff we have. She will do great things with this new program."
Coach Denham can be contacted by calling 434-582-2100, or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.