WATERVILLE, Maine -- With a third New England Small College Athletic Conference championship plaque in the Colby College trophy room, head coach Karen Henning was honored Wednesday as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Pilgrim Region Coach of the Year.
Henning and the Mules won their third NESCAC title in 10 years by defeating three NCAA tourney teams in Wesleyan, Middlebury College, and Trinity College. After an overtime win over the Cardinals in a quarterfinal game, Colby won 10-9 against Middlebury in a semifinal game on the Panthers' home field. The Mules came back the next day for a 13-9 victory in the title game against Trinity.
Henning has a 135-47 record in 10 years at Colby and 238-68 for her coaching career. She has helped the Mules to eight NCAA berths, including four quarterfinal appearances.
Henning was IWLCA Division II National Coach of the Year after leading C.W. Post to championships in the 2001 and 2007 seasons. She was an assistant coach for Dartmouth College in 1998 and 1999 when the Big Green won two Ivy League titles and had two NCAA appearances.