WISE — Virginia-Wise has a new women's lacrosse program. Now, the Lady Highland Cavaliers have a coach to lead it.
Virginia-Wise on Monday announced the hiring of Meghan Dennehy, who spent the past six years as the head coach at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.
Dennehy was a three-time IWCLA All-American honoree during her playing career at Limestone College. The team captain her senior season, Dennehy led the team to a 13-4 record and a berth in the NCAA Final Four.
She set school records for most goals, draw controls and ground balls in a season while at Limestone. Dennehy also holds school records for most goals and points in a career.
After her playing career ended, Dennehy served as an assistant coach at Queens and Belmont Abbey College. She spearheaded recruiting, was responsible for team strength and conditioning, and was in charge of monitoring academic progress of student-athletes.
“I am thankful to be given the opportunity to head up the new women’s lacrosse program at UVa-Wise. I would like to thank the entire staff for being extremely supportive and welcoming throughout the hiring process. I am looking forward to building this program from the ground up with all of the fundamentals that come with being a successful lacrosse program both academically and athletically driven by the mission of the College,” Dennehy said in a statement from the school.
A native of Gambrills, Md., Dennehy holds a bachelor’s degree in fitness and wellness from Limestone and a master’s degree in communications from Queens.
“UVa-Wise is fortunate to get a coach with Meghan’s background and experience," Virginia-Wise athletic director Danny Sterling said. "The opportunities and exciting atmosphere of lacrosse will be an excellent addition to the campus community. We look forward to bringing lacrosse to Southwest Virginia.”
The Highland Cavs begin varsity play in the spring of 2015, the 13th varsity sport sponsored by the college.