George Washington University

Mt. Vernon Athletic Complex
2001 Foxhall Rd NW Washington, DC 20052
Division 1 Dist of Columbia Northeast
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Jennifer Ulehla

Jennifer Ulehla, who has experience coaching at the highest level collegiately and internationally was named GW Lacrosse Head Coach in June 2019.

Ulehla comes to GW after two years as a respected lacrosse consultant, following a six-year stint as the head coach at Michigan, where she started the program from infancy and transformed it into a competitive Division I team.

Ulehla worked tirelessly to build a championship culture at Michigan after being named the first head coach in program history in 2011. In her six seasons at the helm, Ulehla coached four Wolverines to All-Conference honors in the Big Ten and two in the American Lacrosse Conference.

Prior to her time in Ann Arbor, Ulehla gained valuable experience in the development of a new program as an assistant coach for the Florida Gators (2008-10). She played an integral role in the initial phases of that program, including her collaborative involvement in the recruitment of UF's first three recruiting classes. In their inaugural season in 2010, Ulehla helped lead the Gators to an impressive 10-8 record.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Ulehla had a successful international playing career, competing for the U.S. National Lacrosse team from 1990-95. Her crowning achievement came in 1993 when Team USA won the World Cup in Scotland.

Ulehla has been involved with U.S. Lacrosse since her playing days and is one of the few competitors who have won a World Cup title as both a player and assistant coach. As the defensive coordinator for the U.S. National Elite Team (2006-09), Ulehla played a critical role in the selection, preparation and training of a team that won the 2008 Prague Cup Championship and a gold medal at the 2009 World Cup the following summer in the Czech Republic.

Ulehla held two prior collegiate head coaching positions, one with roots in the Atlantic 10 at Temple University (2004-06). Under her direction, the Owls shared the Atlantic 10 title in 2005 and finished as the tournament runner-up in 2006.

The bulk of Ulehla's head coaching experience occurred at James Madison (1994-2002), where she led the program to three Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships, six NCAA Tournament appearances and the program's lone NCAA Final Four showing in 2000. Ulehla produced 13 All-Americans, including five First Team honorees, one National Midfield Player of the Year, a Honda Broderick Award nominee and a Tewaaraton Trophy Award Top 5 finalist. She was named the CAA conference coach of the year in 1995 and 2000.

Ulehla earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991. She was a two-time All-American with the Terrapins (1990-91) and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NCAA Final Four in 1990. In 2002, Ulehla had the honor of being named to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 50th Anniversary Team, which recognized the 50 most significant women's lacrosse players in the conference's history.

Ulehla inherits a team which went 5-12 (3-6 A-10) last season and is eligible to return its entire 2019 roster.

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Monica Yeakel

Yeakel joined the Colonials in August 2019. She gained significant coaching experience at the collegiate level between 1997-2008 as the head women’s lacrosse coach at UMBC. She led the Retrievers to the NCAA tournament twice, guided UMBC to five Northeast Conference Championships and to the program’s first-ever NCAA Division I Top-20 ranking. Yeakel took a team that finished 4-11 in 1996 and led the squad to the NEC title two years later, while garnering Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors twice in her tenure.

Yeakel comes to GW after serving 11 years as the owner and director of the Diamonds Lacrosse Club.

Along with directing the Diamonds Lacrosse Club, Yeakel has worked with HoganLax Team Training developing high school coaches.

Yeakel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Loyola in 1994. She was a four-year starter for the Greyhounds, helping the squad to a 47-20 record from 1990-94. A star defender, Yeakel helped Loyola advance to the National Collegiate Semifinals in 1990 and 1994 and received IWLCA All-American First Team honors as a senior. She returned to her alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach in 2007 and stayed on through the Greyhounds’ 2009 season. Yeakel was selected to the US Lacrosse Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Haley Hicklen

Hicklen, the true definition of a student-athlete, graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2019 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment from the University of Florida. She begins her collegiate coaching career at GW after a record-breaking playing career for the nationally ranked Florida Gators. Hicklen and the Gators compiled a 66-16 win-loss record during her four years in Gainesville. As a senior captain, she graduated with four conference championships and four NCAA Tournament selections. The three-time Tewaaraton Nominee etched her name into the Gators’ record book with program-highs in saves (556), groundballs (194) and minutes played by a goalie (3866:17). Along the way, Hicklen collected an impressive selection of accolades, including: IWLCA Second-Team All-American, 2 x BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year (2017, 2018), AAC Goalkeeper of the Year (2019), 3 x BIG EAST All-Tournament Team, AAC All-Tournament Team and IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week (3/27/19).

Hicklen was drafted up to play for the WPLL Baltimore Brave this summer where she competed among the best lacrosse players in the world and won the WPLL Championship title.

A native of Towson, Maryland, Hicklen has coached and consulted independently over the years as well as working within the prominent Sky Walkers Lacrosse Program

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