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Northern Michigan University hires Lindsey LeMay as head lacrosse coach

Lindsey LeMay

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University and the greater Marquette area made a big impression on new Wildcats’ head lacrosse coach Lindsey LeMay.

“Northern Michigan University wowed me from the first moment I stepped on campus,” she said in an NMU Athletic Communications news release. “There are few places as beautiful as the Upper Peninsula.”

LeMay was announced as the new coach on Monday, replacing Emilia Ward, who guided the program in its first three years as a varsity team. Ward took an assistant coaching position with NCAA Division I Marquette University in Milwaukee in July.

The new working environment also excites LeMay, who officially begins at NMU on Sunday.

“Beyond the natural wonders, I’m more than thrilled to be joining an athletic department that is so impressive both in its facilities and in the unwavering support given to its people –coaches, athletes and administrators alike,” she said in the news release. “I look forward to bringing my competitive vision to the women’s lacrosse program and watching it take flight under the lights of the Superior Dome.”

LeMay comes to Northern after serving for a year as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. With the Knights, LeMay collaborated with head coach Anna Meerbach in the daily practice planning process and helped create its offensive strategy.

She also worked with draw specialists on strategy and technique, resulting in Wartburg’s Bri Greiskalns leading the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference in draw controls.

Prior to Wartburg, LeMay was varsity associate head coach at Corvallis, Oregon, High School. Her efforts helped the team win league championship in 2015 and 2018.

“Lindsey’s energy and enthusiasm throughout the interview process made a positive impression on search committee members, student-athletes and staff,” NMU Director of Athletics Forrest Karr said in the news release. “Lindsey demonstrated well-thought-out recruiting and student-athlete development plans that will keep our fourth-year program moving in the right direction.

“People who have worked with Lindsey say that she is very knowledgeable, prioritizes the academic success of student-athletes and has a natural gift for connecting with people.”

She competed for two seasons in lacrosse at the University of Oregon in NCAA Division I while also helping with the lacrosse program’s camp programs.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.