Date Posted:07/29/2002,  8:00AM

Grote Named New Head Coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced that Liz Grote has been named head coach of their women's lacrosse program. Grote, formerly the head coach at The College of Wooster in Ohio, will become the fourth head coach in the 29-year history of the program. Former head coach Nicky Pearson will retain her duties as head coach of Bowdoin's field hockey squad.

A native of Simsbury, Conn., Grote is a 1994 graduate of the University of Vermont and comes to Bowdoin with an extensive background in college lacrosse. In addition to accumulating a school-best 32-18 record in three years at Wooster, Grote held assistant coaching jobs at Monmouth University (1995), Princeton University (1996) and the University of New Hampshire (1997-99).

This past spring, Grote led Wooster to a school- record 12 victories (12-6 overall), surpassing the 29-year program's previous top mark of 10 wins in a season. Even more noteworthy, she helped direct the Scots to their first conference title and first NCAA appearance, where they lost to Cabrini, 12-11, in the first round. Grote has been named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III West Region Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2002) and was tabbed as North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in both 2001 and 2002.

Grote will take the reigns of a program that plays in perhaps the most competitive lacrosse conference in the nation, the NESCAC. Bowdoin finished 10-5 overall last season, placing fifth overall in the conference with a 5-4 mark.