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University of Michigan

Athletic Dept University of Michigan
1000 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Division 1 Michigan Midwest
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Hannah Nielsen

One of the most decorated athletes to play the game of lacrosse, Hannah Nielsen will enter her fourth season in the 2021 campaign as the head coach of Michigan women's lacrosse after being announced as the second head coach in University of Michigan women's lacrosse history on June 26, 2017.


A four-time national champion and two-time Tewaaraton Award winner, Nielsen boasts 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I level.


Nielsen saw her third season as the head coach of the Wolverines cut short by the global COVID-19 pandemic. U-M played six games, including winning all three of its games at U-M Lacrosse Stadium in 2020.


In her two full seasons at Michigan, she has propelled the Wolverines to the best campaigns in program history. U-M went 16-4 in just Nielsen's second season at the helm, earning is first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in which it hosted the first and second rounds. Furthermore, the Wolverines went 9-0 at U-M Lacrosse Stadium in the regular season and defeated six ranked opponents.


Under Nielsen's tutelage, Michigan earned its first-ever ranking in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and remained in the top-10 in the nation from week five to the end of the 2019 season. U-M also held the nation's longest winning streak in the 2019 campaign, going 13-0 to start the season to extend its win streak to 15 games. As a team, the Wolverines broke the school single-season goal record (257) tallied the most ground balls in a single game (30), ranked second in fewest turnovers in a single game (nine) and recorded the third-highest total of goals ina single game (20).


For the first time in the history of the program, Nielsen guided three players to 40-or-more points in the same seasons, while three Wolverines broke single season records. On the defensive end of the field, Michigan gave up the fewest goals (182) in program history in the 2019 campaign.


Nielsen has led four Wolverines to Big Ten honors in her first two seasons, while Mira Shane became the first Michigan player to be a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award and Molly Garrett earned a spot on the watch list in 2019. Moreover, four U-M student-athletes earned IWLCA West/Midwest All-Region Second Team honors for the first time in program history in the 2019 season.


Off the field, 19 women's lacrosse players have been named Academic All-Big Ten in Nielsen's two seasons, while four have been named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.


An Adelaide, Australia, native, Nielsen continues to compete at the highest level as a member of the Australia women's national team. She has competed in four World Cups, most recently leading Australia to the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup semifinals. After recording seven goals and nine assists in the tournament, she was one of 12 players named to the All-World Team. At previous World Cup events, she helped lead Australia to a gold medal in 2005, and was named an All-Star in 2009 and 2013.


Prior to coming to Michigan, Nielsen spent the 2017 season as an assistant at her alma mater, Northwestern University. She helped lead the Wildcats to a spot in the Big Ten Tournament championship game and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


As a player at Northwestern (2006-09), she achieved the ultimate success, winning four national championships and receiving the sport's highest honors as a two-time Tewaaraton Award and Honda Sports Award winner in 2008 and 2009. She finished her career in Purple and White as NU's all-time leader in points (398) and assists (224) and still owns those records to date. Her assist record also holds the top spot in the Division I record book. A winner at heart, Nielsen started all 88 games in her Wildcat career and registered an 85-3 record in her four seasons. She was recognized by the Big Ten Conference for her success on the field and in the classroom, being named a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, and was also the recipient of the conference’s 2008 Suzy Favor Award, presented to the league's Female Athlete of the Year.


Nielsen earned her bachelor's degree in human development and psychological services from Northwestern in 2009. She was later inducted to the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.


Before joining the staff at Northwestern, Nielsen was an assistant coach at Colorado University for two seasons (2014-15) under former NU teammate Ann Elliott. In its inaugural season, CU posted an 11-8 record overall and 6-3 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to earn the No. 3 seed in its first MPSF tournament. The Buffs went 11-7 in Nielsen's second year as an assistant, compiling a 22-15 record overall during her two years in Boulder.


Prior to transitioning to Colorado, Nielsen was a member of Towson University's staff and helped the Tigers to a 27-11 record in two seasons. During her stint at Towson, the Tigers captured two Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships, as well as the 2011 CAA Championship title. Towson was 11-7 in her first season in 2010 and improved to 16-4 in her second, setting a program record for wins in a season.


Following the conclusion of her playing career at Northwestern, Nielsen spent a season at Penn State University, helping the Nittany Lions to a 10-7 mark.

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Ana Heneberry

Ana Heneberry will enter her fourth season as a member of the University of Michigan women's lacrosse staff in the 2021 season after being announced as an assistant coach on July 17, 2017.


Heneberry works primarily with the Maize and Blue defense. In her two full seasons at Michigan, she has helped the Wolverines to the best campaigns in program history. The Wolverines saw the 2020 season cut short due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. U-M went 16-4 in the 2019 campaign, earning is first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in which it hosted the first and second rounds. Furthermore, the Wolverines went 9-0 at U-M Lacrosse Stadium in the regular season and defeated six ranked opponents.


Under Heneberry, the Michigan defense allowed opponents to score the fewest goals (182) in the history of the program inthe 2019 season. Heneberry also helped 2019 starting goalkeeper Mira Shane become Michigan's career leader in saves (371), save percentage (.453) and wins (24), while she also became the season leader in all three categories in the 2019 campaign.


The 2020 season will mark Heneberry's ninth year as an assistant coach at the Division I level, while as a player, she was an All-America defender at Loyola University Maryland.


Most recently, Heneberry served as an assistant coach at Boston University for three seasons (2015-17), working primarily with the Terriers' defense. Heneberry helped BU reach the Patriot League semifinals in each of her three seasons. On an individual level, she coached the Patriot League Defender of the Year in 2017.


In addition to her assistant coach responsibilities at BU, she also participated in the Jansen Leadership Academy and served as a member of the IWLCA Convention Planning Committee.


Heneberry transitioned to Boston University after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at High Point University (2013-14), where she was the defensive coordinator and also worked one-on-one with the goaltenders. Heneberry helped guide the Panthers to back-to-back Big South championships and consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In both seasons at HPU, she helped coach the Big South Defensive Player of the Year.


A native of Timonium, Maryland, Heneberry was a four-year standout defender at Loyola University Maryland from 2009-12. During her senior season in 2012, she helped lead the Greyhounds to their second straight Big East Conference title and second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. That same season, Heneberry represented Loyola as a team captain, was recognized individually as the Big East Preseason Defender of the Year, and was a member of the Tewaaraton Watch List. She became the second player in school history to record 100 caused turnovers and 100 ground balls. She was also named a Third Team All-American following her junior season in 2011.


During her playing career, she also served as the head coach of Diamonds Lacrosse Club in Baltimore, Maryland, and provided one-on-one instruction sessions to youth players.


Heneberry graduated from Loyola in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in communications with a specialization in public relations and advertising.

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Adam Sear

Adam Sear will enter his fourth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's lacrosse team in the 2021 season after joining the staff on August 10, 2017.


Sear works primarily with the Maize and Blue offense. In his two full seasons at Michigan, he has helped the Wolverines to the best campaigns in program history. The Wolverines saw the 2020 season cut short due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. U-M went 16-4 in the 2019 campaign, earning is first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in which it hosted the first and second rounds. Furthermore, the Wolverines went 9-0 at U-M Lacrosse Stadium in the regular season and defeated six ranked opponents.


Sear helped the 2019 Wolverines break the school single-season goal record (257) tallied the most ground balls in a single game (30), ranked second in fewest turnovers in a single game (nine) and recorded the third-highest total of goals in a single game (20). Furthermore, he played a key role in Caitlin Muir breaking the Michigan single-season points (59) record and assists (21) record, while Adriana Pendino broke the single season goals record (41).


The 2020 season will mark Sear's seventh year in the collegiate ranks and ninth overall year of coaching, as he has also taught the game at the high school and club level.


For the first time in the history of the program, Sear helped guide three players to 40-or-more points in the same seasons, while three Wolverines broke single season records.


Most recently, Sear served as the Director of Athlete Enrichment at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, since February 2017. Sports Academy is an all-inclusive sports and fitness facility dedicated to creating full-circle athletes of all ages and skill levels. Sear was directly responsible for the Personal Development Year program.


Prior to his stint at Sports Academy, he was the Director of 3d Lacrosse, LLC., a club team organization in Los Angeles, California, for three years (2014-17). He was responsible for the Los Angeles and Orange County markets and coached boys and girls ages 6-18.


Sear was last involved in collegiate coaching as a men's assistant coach at Stevenson University (Owings Mills, Md.) for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He helped lead Stevenson to the Division III national championship in 2013. He got his start in coaching at Ferrum College (Division III) in Ferrum, Virginia, spending two seasons as a men's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Panthers.


As a player, Sear competed for the University of Maryland for four years, helping lead the Terrapins to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Following his senior season, he was selected to play in the USILA North-South All-Star Game.


In addition to his collegiate career, Sear has also represented his home country of Australia at the highest level, competing in the 2010 World Championships. A native of Perth, Australia, he helped lead Australia to a bronze medal.


Sear graduated from Maryland with a bachelor's degree in family science in 2010, and went on to earn a master's degree in business management and information technology from Stevenson in 2014.

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