NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard women's lacrosse coach Mary Heneberry has been drafted by the Boston Storm of the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLL) and will join the team this summer.
The UWLL gives the world's best female lacrosse players the opportunity to stay in the game and play post-collegiate, professional lacrosse. The UWLL is the first professional women's sports league launched by United Women's Sports, LLC in strategic partnership with the Play It Forward Sport Foundation.
Heneberry just finished her first season as the Bears head coach and continues to build a program going into their fourth season as an NCAA program.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to play with, and against, such competitive athletes again," commented Heneberry. "Women's lacrosse is such an important part of my life, and I'm lucky to extend my playing career while being a part of such a historical time in women's lacrosse."
Heneberry played college lacrosse at Division I Loyola University, earning Big East second team all-conference honors and was an all-tournament team selection in her senior season (2011). The Greyhounds were also Big East Tournament champions and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2011.
"This is a great accomplishment for Coach Heneberry," added Coast Guard Academy Athletic Director Tim Fitzpatrick. "As she continues to build our women's lacrosse program, her professional prowess will no doubt give her even greater credibility in recruiting with future cadet-athletes. We wish her the very best with the Boston Storm this season, and look forward to a promising and successful future in women's lacrosse here at CGA under her leadership and guidance."
Before starting at the Academy Heneberry served as the first assistant and professor of physical education at Washington & Lee starting in 2012 helping the Generals win four Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships and reach two NCAA Regional Finals in 2014 and 2015. She was a member of the ODAC coaching staff of the year in 2013 and served as fall season interim head coach in 2012 and 2015.
The Bears will return 18 players next season who will look to build on the experience from this past season.