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2013 ULA Convention Speaker Q&A: Ann Elliott

Ann ElliottThe 2013 ULA Annual Convention is this weekend so to help get you familiar with who is speaking, we’ve reached out to Ann Elliott who is the current head coach of the University of Colorado Women’s Lacrosse team. Coach Elliott will be talking about Girls Recruiting, Girls Transition Game and Girls Man-up/Man-down.
Utah Lacrosse News: What is your lacrosse background? When/Where/Why did you start playing lacrosse?
Ann Elliott: I am from Shaker Heights, Ohio (Cleveland area). I started playing lacrosse in 8th grade and continued to play through high school. It wasn’t until the fall of me senior year that I really decided I wanted to play lacrosse in college. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Northwestern and be a part of the lacrosse program Kelly Amonte Hiller was building there. I played lacrosse at Northwestern all four years and had the opportunity to be a part of 3 National Championship season, including the first one ever.
ULN: Have you been to Utah before? What are you looking forward to the most for when you come here for the convention?
AE: I have never been to Utah. I feel very honored to have been asked to come and speak at the convention and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with other coaches. I am most looking forward to simply meeting a lot of new people who have a love for lacrosse and growing the game.
ULN: What are your thoughts on the game growing in the West in general? What are your thoughts regarding the growth of the Women’s game, specifically continual adding of NCAA D-I Women’s programs?
AE: The growth of the game continues to amaze me at all levels. There is nothing more exciting than seeing all the new opportunities that are arising for young players to play lacrosse. As the game continues to grow at the youth level and across the country in “non-traditional” lacrosse areas more and more college teams at all levels are starting to add programs. This is so exciting for our sport and for players who are looking for opportunities to continue their careers at the college level. I am very excited about the future for lacrosse and hope my staff and I can be active in its growth in Colorado, across the country and the world!
ULN: Anything else the lacrosse fans in Utah should know about you or your job?
AE: I have been very fortunate in my lacrosse and coaching career so far and am very lucky to have had so many great mentors throughout, Kelly Amonte Hiller to be one of the most recent and most impactful. Lacrosse has given me so many opportunities that have challenged me and changed my life, like going to Uganda in the summer of 2011. I could not be more excited for the opportunity to build the first ever lacrosse program at The University of Colorado and create new traditions of lacrosse in Boulder. We will start our first season in the spring of 2014 and will play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).
For more information about the convention, please go here.
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