Adrienne Berkland has been promoted to head women's lacrosse coach at LaGrange College, according to incoming Athletic Director Jennifer Claybrook. Berkland was an assistant for the Panthers during the 2011 season.
"We are pleased to announce this expanded role for Adrienne, who played an integral part in our lacrosse program this year," Claybrook said. "She was instrumental in executing practices, assisting during competitions and helping with recruiting.
"Adrienne has a great deal of knowledge, experience and passion to share with our team. We're excited about where she will take LaGrange lacrosse."
Berkland assumes command from Julie Moses, who launched lacrosse two seasons ago. Moses will remain the head coach for the Panther volleyball program, where she will be starting her fourth season this fall.
"I am happy to pass the torch on to Adrienne," Moses said. "She is a very strong and dynamic coach and is going to do great things with the program."
The post will be the first head coaching position for Berkland, who was an assistant women's lacrosse coach for Lasell College in Newton, Mass., for two years before coming to LaGrange. Her primary responsibility was the team's defense. During her time at Lasell, the Lasers achieved their most wins per season and achieved their highest stats in goals, assists, draw controls and caused turnovers.
"I am really excited for the opportunity that LaGrange College is offering me to head the women's lacrosse team," Berkland said. "I knew I always wanted to be a head coach, and I am grateful to Coach Moses for supporting me and mentoring me so I would be ready for this position.
"We are still in the process of building this program, and I look forward to working with the returning members of our team and the incoming athletes to build off our successes from this past season and make our third year as a program its strongest yet.
"We improved across the board this past season statistically, and with our strong players returning and the strong players we have coming in, I expect to improve on all those statistics in 2012. I look forward to continuing our progress and making LaGrange a top competitor in the USA South Conference."
Berkland graduated from Bridgewater (Mass.) State University with a degree in art education and art history with a minor in secondary education.
She also played lacrosse there, and was named the New England Women's Lacrosse Association Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Bridgewater went undefeated in league play and was league champion her senior year.
She is a native of Sharon, Mass., and is enrolled in the Master's of Education program at LaGrange College.