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Coaches

Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe Head Coach

A two-time All-American at James Madison University, Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe returned to her alma mater prior to the 2007 season and enters her 10th year at the helm of the Dukes in the 2016 season.

With a 105-57 mark in her previous nine seasons at JMU, Klaes-Bawcombe has led Madison to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game five of the last six seasons, winning the title in 2010, 2011 and 2015 while dropping the other two title games by a combined two goals, which included an overtime loss to top-seeded Towson in 2014. Overall, Klaes-Bawcombe has accumulated a 155-92 record in 15 years as a head coach.

Her most successful season in Harrisonburg came in 2010 when she led Madison to a program-record 17 wins and guided the Dukes to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a win over Stanford before falling to Syracuse. During that season, JMU reached as high as No. 7 in the nation while earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the second-highest seed in program history.

Following the 2010 season, Klaes-Bawcombe was named national Coach of the Year by womenslacrosse.com. She also added CAA Coach of the Year to the list of accolades before coaching the South Team in the North-South All-Star Game. Additionally, she was voted Virginia Coach of the Year by Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) in 2010 and followed the honor with another Coach of the Year honor in 2011 from VaSID.

In her first season at JMU in 2007, she led the Dukes to as high as No. 5 in the nation while being a mainstay in the national polls every week of the season. Madison was also ranked as high as No. 5 in 2008 and No. 16 in 2009 before the record-breaking year in 2010. In 2011, Madison finished the season ranked No. 11 in the nation while taking the CAA Tournament title before dropping a tough 11-10 decision to Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Kateri Linville Assistant Coach

Kateri Linville was hired as an assistant coach with the James Madison women's lacrosse program on July 16, 2019. In her role, she will serve as the program’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

Linville is no stranger to JMU and the Colonial Athletic Association, having served the previous nine seasons as the head coach at Delaware (2011-19). During her time at her alma mater, she led the Blue Hens to a 79-75 record and 28-28 mark in league play, advancing to the CAA Championship semifinals on four occasions.

“Kateri has shown that she’s been able to lead a defensive unit and create a tenacious and competitive culture within her programs,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “Her work ethic and determination will inspire our team to continue its winning ways, and her connections as a former head coach will help us recruit elite student-athletes who aspire to win championships. This is an exciting time for JMU. We’re hungry to go after a fourth straight CAA championship in 2020, something no other team has ever done in our conference’s history. Who better to help lead the way than Coach Linville.”

In her nine seasons at Delaware, the program produced consistent success on the defensive side of the ball, ranking in the top 25 in scoring defense and top 30 in caused turnovers on six occasions. The Blue Hens were top 15 in scoring defense four times under Linville, including a three-year stretch in which they were fourth in 2015, 13th in 2016 and seventh in 2017.

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Haley Warden Assistant Coach

Two-time JMU All-American Haley Warden was hired as an assistant coach with the James Madison University lacrosse staff on August 1, 2019.

In her role, Warden will serve as the offensive coordinator and manage draw controls, an area in which she is the program’s all-time leader in.

“Haley and I won a national championship together, we are a great team,” Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said.” Bringing Haley Warden back to lead this team is huge for our JMU program. Haley has an incredible lacrosse IQ, and she knows how to get the most out of her people. Haley bleeds purple and is committed to keeping our program at the top of the game. I love that about her and can’t wait for her to be a role model for our student-athletes. Her experience with the professional league and U.S. National Team will be huge in her mentorship of our student-athletes.”

“I didn’t feel like I was finished with JMU and wanted the opportunity to come back and make JMU a bigger name than it already is,” Warden said. “I’m super excited. It’s a great opportunity, because not only do I know the program very well, but I get to see the exciting new talent who have come in since I graduated and help develop them further.”

A 2018 graduate of JMU, Warden was a two-time All-American while playing for the Dukes from 2015-18. She became the first player in Colonial Athletic Association history to win both Player of the Year (2017) and Defensive Player of the Year (2018) while also being the first athlete to take home CAA Championship Most Outstanding Performer honors in consecutive seasons.

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Matt Snyder Volunteer Assistant Coach

Matt Snyder joined the JMU women's lacrosse program as volunteer assistant coach in the fall of 2018 and enters his first season in 2019 as the goalkeepers coach.

“We’re so fortunate to have found Matt here in Harrisonburg,” Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said. “He has tremendous experience coaching girls in the sport of lacrosse, specifically goalkeepers. He has had the ability to help affect programs at a high level, having won multiple state championships in Georgia. His attention to detail in working with our goalies has been exciting to watch so far and those student-athletes are looking forward to the attention and guidance he’ll provide.”

“Being in lacrosse and reaching the top has always been a dream of mine,” Snyder said. “We relocated to Harrisonburg, so having the opportunity to do this is amazing. I’m excited to work with this team, I’m excited for the experience and the knowledge they’ll bring and I hope I can add something to that to help them to keep on winning.”

Snyder relocated to the Valley after spending the past 15 years coaching in the high school ranks in Georgia. Most recently, he was Associate Head Coach at Milton High School from 2008 until 2018, where he helped guide the team to eight state championships, as well as two state runner-up finishes. Milton has consistently been a top-15 nationally-ranked program since 2013, ranking as high as fourth in 2014.

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