BOULDER—Colleen Magarity has been named an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Colorado as head coach Ann Elliott rounded out the first coaching staff in program history Tuesday compiling one of the most decorated coaching staffs in the country.
Between Elliott, Magarity and Hannah Nielsen, who was announced as an assistant coach in June, the Buffs first staff combines to boast 13 NCAA Championships rings as a player or coach.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Colleen into our Buffs family,” Elliott said. “I had the pleasure of coaching her for three years and have watched her develop not only into a great player but a tremendous leader. Her knowledge and experience in both the midfield and defense will be a huge asset to our staff.”
Magarity will begin her collegiate coaching career with the Buffaloes after spending a year in the insurance industry and coaching youth lacrosse in Chicago. Magarity and Elliott were together for Magarity’s sophomore through senior seasons at Northwestern.
She graduated from Northwestern in 2011 a degree in Human Development and Psychological Services and a minor in Business. She capped a four-year career at Northwestern winning three NCAA Championships, helping the Wildcats compile a 85-5 record in four years. The Wildcats were 21-1 her freshman season in 2008, completed a perfect 23-0 record her sophomore season, were 20-2 her junior season and 21-2 her senior campaign in 2011.
Her senior season she was a team captain and the defensive leader for the NCAA Champions. She was a third-team IWLCA All-American and earned first-team All-West Region and first-team All-American Lacrosse Conference honors. She was named to the All-Tournament team for both the NCAA Championship and ALC Championship. Her junior season she was named second-team All-ALC and capped her career with a Northwestern Student Athlete award in 2011.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, she began her career at midfield for the Wildcats and shifted to be a defender, playing in 84 games and starting the final 45 of her career spanning her final two seasons. She lists the 2011 NCAA Championship as her top collegiate moment as the Wildcats regained the NCAA Championship defeating Maryland, which beat Northwestern in the 2010 title game.
“Colleen is a true student of the game and is always challenging herself and those around her,” Elliott said. “She will be a great resource and mentor for our players.”
She graduated from Germantown Academy as a two-time high school All-American and was the 2007 Tri-State Lacrosse Player of the Year, Times Hearald Player of the Year and Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year. She was ranked the No. 8 recruit nationally by Inside Lacrosse.
She was a member of the USA U-19 World Cup team and had played against Nielsen, a member of the Australian team, prior to the two being teammates at Northwestern.
Colorado officially added the sport of women’s lacrosse in February and Elliott was hired in March. The team will officially begin play in the spring of 2014.