Gauchos Get Taylor Paige For Coaching Staff - Sep 11, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - Taylor Paige is joining the coaching staff for the Gauchos. The UCSB Women's Lacrosse Club will put the University of Mary Washington graduate to work coaching goal keepers for both their A & B teams. Paige will also be a B Team assistant coach underneath first year B Team head coach Anne Hersman, rounding out staffing needs for the program. The Gauchos have 72 women turning out for two teams this fall.
Paige started her coaching career while she was still in college. The Charlottesville, Virginia native believes it's important to give back to the sport of lacrosse and devoted time to coaching while attending Mary Washington and competing at the NCAA DIII level. Most recently she coached for the Seminole Lacrosse Club in Virginia. Before that she coached field players and goalies in the Stafford Youth Lacrosse League. Simultaneously with that position she was also the goalie coach for the elite teams in the Crash Lacrosse Club. Paige was the lead goalie coach during summer camps run by Mary Washington. Paige earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics in May of this year and will reside in Santa Barbara. Coach Taylor is primed to become a Gaucho as her favorite flavor of Gatorade is Cool Blue.
While a player at Mary Washington the 5'5" goal keeper made 187 career saves and recorded a 100% save performance in a game with Frostburg State on March 22, 2014 during her junior year when she was six for six. Just like with recently hired assistant coaches Hersman and Katelyn McAleer, Paige will be devoting significant time promoting girls lacrosse in the local community.
The UCSB assistant coaches have local lacrosse development line-itemed into their job description. They will be out and about in the community an average of 15 hours a week in addition to their UCSB coaching responsibilities. All three coaches will be teaching lacrosse to girls at elementary schools and junior high schools in partnership with the SBGLA, Goleta, Hope and Santa Barbara school districts. The goal is to teach lacrosse to 2,000 of the 3,000 girls at 27 elementary schools in the area during the school year.
UCSB Will Play New Zealand National Team - Aug 14, 2015
Auckland, New Zealand - The New Zealand National Team program recently released their women’s lacrosse national team California tour itinerary and the Kiwis will play at UCSB Thursday, October 22nd. Game time is 7:00PM PST. New Zealand start their California tour in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be playing in a tournament at UC Berkeley, a three-way at St. Mary's, in a friendly at Fresno State, in a friendly with the Gauchos and then they finish up in a tournament at USC.
UCSB is the only club included in the whirlwind of fixtures against NCAA Division I programs. Admission to the game is being sponsored by the UCSB Recreation Department and will be complimentary for all who attend. The first one hundred fans to get through the gates when they open will receive a commemorative black & blue shirt. The game will also be live-streamed courtesy of Big Boom Video.
Media inquiries about the New Zealand National Team may be addressed to Nicole Goodwin using firstname.lastname@example.org. UCSB attendance and sponsorship inquires may be directed to Paul Ramsey using email@example.com or by calling (805) 893-2204. Press passes and access to the New Zealand National Team while they're in Santa Barbara will be coordinated by the UCSB Recreation Department.
Hersman And McAleer Join UCSB Coaching Staff - Aug 9, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - Two new assistant coaches join the UCSB women's lacrosse club this fall. Anne Hersman (Adrian College '12) and Katelyn McAleer (Robert Morris University '14) will take up assistant coaching responsibilities the first of September. Hersman is a native of Cincinatti, Ohio who attended Adrian after a prep career at Sycamore High School where her team won the state championship in 2007. Hersman was a defender for the John Sung coached NCAA DIII Bulldogs team that appeared in two NCAA DIII post-season tournaments. The former defender graduated with honors from Adrian and double majored in Mathematics and Physical Education. Hersman will be leaving her position with Outward Bound to join the Gauchos. Prior to working for Outward Bound Hersman coached at Tecumseh High School in Michigan and was a college lacrosse official. Hersman started officiating in 2008 and advanced herself to a District Rating (Level 3 of 5) and worked college games at the NCAA DIII level before joining the North Carolina Outward Bound staff.
McAleer grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, Cum Laude, at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Recruited to play attack and midfield for the Colonials McAleer's playing career was short-lived due to an injury. The 2014 graduate transitioned by working for head coach Katy Phillips as a coach for her Pittsburgh Premiere Lacrosse Club 2012 through 2014. This early introduction to coaching while still a college student followed a prep career at Our Lady Of Good Counsel in Washington, DC. McAleer played attack and sometimes midfield for the Falcons who were a combined 68-14 over four years and won four straight DC WCAC titles under head coach Michael Haight. McAleer comes to UCSB after coaching for the Coast to Coast Lacrosse Club in Los Angeles and the LA Wave.
The Gauchos have one more assistant coach position to fill before their staff is complete. One of the three assistant coaches will have the primary role of B Team head coach. The two other assistant coaches will assume assistant coach roles for both teams. All three assistant coaches will be tasked with coaching any of the teams at any time, including games and practices, to help unify both teams in the same program. UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey will meet with all three assistant coaches in early September to have roles set by the first day of practice on September 28th.
"We have some great coaching talent coming to us with Anne and Katelyn," commented Ramsey. "They also both exude positivity and it shows in their coaching style and interaction with players."
UCSB has a third assistant position open and is looking for someone who will come in and coach the goalies on both teams. The Gauchos are looking for someone else who has the personality to want to devote time to players on both teams.
"The final assistant coach position is advertised on LaxPower.com so anyone interested can read more about it there," added Ramsey.
UCSB coaches will also be filling community roles starting this year. Weekly girls lacrosse development and outreach throughout Santa Barbara will include teaching lacrosse at local elementary schools with P.E. lessons, coordinating and staffing youth girls lacrosse after school programs for the SBGLA, rotating through three high school practices on Mondays in the spring and coaching Mission Lacrosse Club at tournaments fall, winter and summer.
UCSB Positioned To Run With Thirty Newcomers - Jul 6, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - A record number of newcomers are joining the UCSB women's lacrosse club for 2015-16. The increasing popularity of lacrosse and the exponential rise in the standing of UC Santa Barbara in numerous academic indexes have intersected. Nine of the newcomers were recruited by head coach Paul Ramsey and fifteen were accepted to the university and then invited to join the team.
Nineteen freshmen and three transfers will compete for placement and starting positions on the UCSB A & B teams this fall. Try-outs for A & B team placement start on Monday, September 28th, the first full week of school in the quarter system.
By The Numbers
An additional six players are enrolling at SBCC and will train with UCSB while redshirting and working in the classroom to transfer. This is an operating change from past efforts at having a small SBCC squad train and compete on their own. In this new plan for matriculating two year college transfers the Gauchos are parking prospects at SBCC who intend to transfer to UCSB. The SBCC women's lacrosse club will not compete in 2015-16 and, instead, those players attending SBCC who are on track to transfer to UCSB will train with the Gauchos. They will not play in WWLL or WCLA games until they transfer but will be part of the program.
The UCSB 'A' Team roster was a little thin the past two seasons and the normal run & gun style of Gaucho past suffered. Ramsey likes the new numbers and brought this class in by relaying his firm convictions the program and the university merited choosing UCSB. He states that while some have been recruited starting early in their high school careers and others have recently jumped on board it's all wide open at try-outs.
"While it's easy to get wrapped up in who was recruited and their background before coming here we want everyone to come in and compete their hardest and make us better," says Ramsey. "What matters most now in that regard is how quickly everyone bonds and how competitive everyone is on the field at practice."
UCSB will be tested early. The Gauchos play their first national team in twenty-two years when they host New Zealand on October 23rd at 7:00pm. The Kiwis are ranked seventh in the world. While UCSB have hosted Japanese college teams of late they last played a true national team in 1992. That year the Gauchos took on then second world ranked Australia in UCSB Harder Stadium when they stopped in Calfifornia on their way to the east coast. The Australian team featured a young Jen Adams, age 15, on her way to incredible performances on tour before eventually starring at University of Maryland and for Australia in four World Cups.
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