October 13, 2006

McDonald Announces Changes to Coaching Staff

Oct. 13, 2006

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown head women's lacrosse coach Keely McDonald '00, now in her third year behind the Brown bench, has announced changes to her coaching staff for the upcoming season. Meg Miller, an assistant under McDonald for the past two years, has been promoted to the top assistant, while Kristin Blanchette, a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, has been added to the staff.

"I am thrilled to promote Meg," said McDonald. "She has been a driving force behind the program for the last two years. Meg was a top collegiate athlete who has transitioned into the coaching profession with ease due to her motivational style, determination, and great knowledge of the game."

In two years with the Bears, Miller has worked with the defense while helping with recruiting efforts. In her new role, Miller will continue to work with Brown's defense, while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. She has helped to bring in two strong recruiting classes, including six members of the class of 2009 who earned starting positions as freshmen last season, and will continue to help attract the best student-athletes in the country to Brown in her new position.

"Kristin is a great fit for Brown and our student-athletes," commented McDonald. "She brings a tremendous amount of energy and excitement to the program. As a former collegiate standout and a current player on the US Developmental Squad, Kristin knows what it takes to compete at the highest level and understands the demands of being a student-athlete."

A 2006 graduate of UNH with a B.A. in Zoology, Blanchette joins the Bears following a successful lacrosse career with the Wildcats. A four-year starter in the midfield, Blanchette earned Second Team Regional All-American honors following her senior year and was also selected to play in the North/South Senior All-Star game. A captain of the lacrosse team last year, Blanchette helped to lead UNH to three America East Championship games, winning the Championship and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2004. She was named First Team All-Conference in 2006, earning All-Championship Team last year as well, and a nod on the All-Rookie Team in 2003.

A current member of the United States Developmental Team, Blanchette has coached at several camps and clinics across the country, including US Lacrosse National Team Clinics, The UNH Lacrosse Camp (2002-2006), the Kelly Amonte Lacrosse Camp (2004-2006), and the Princeton Lacrosse Elite and Tiger Camp (2006).