|Title:||Head Lacrosse Coach|
Entering her second season as the head lacrosse coach at Central Connecticut, Kelly Nangle set program records for conference (5) and home victories (6) in her first season. She also tied the school's record for wins in a season (7), which had been set the previous season.
The Blue Devils' success in 2012 earned Nangle Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors following the season. In addition to the team's success, Nangle guided a pair of players to individual accolades following the season. Senior Erin DeLancey was named NEC Goalkeeper of the Year and was named First Team All-NEC for her performance. In addition, junior Betsy Vendel earned a Second Team All-NEC selection.
Nangle has a career record of 7-9 as a head coach.
On August 8, 2011, Central Connecticut State University
Athletics Director Paul Schlickmann announced Kelly Nangle as the
fourth head coach in the history of the CCSU lacrosse program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Blue Devil family,” Schlickmann said. “She possesses the best of the qualities we were looking for in a head coach; a proven track record as a player, experience coaching at a highly successful program, an impressive vision and a contagious enthusiasm. Her passion for the sport of women's lacrosse was clearly evident from our first conversation. Kelly is an excellent addition to our staff and I am confident she will develop our women’s lacrosse program into one of the premier programs in the Northeast Conference."
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Blue Devil women’s lacrosse program,” Nangle said at the time of her hiring. “I can’t wait to get started. This program has the potential to be one of the best in the NEC and in the region, and I look forward to getting to work. CCSU has a history of successful programs winning NEC titles, it’s time to add women’s lacrosse to that list.”
Prior to CCSU, Nangle spent three seasons as an assistant coach
at Rutgers University. She was in charge of the team’s
defense, as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator for the
Scarlet Knights. During that time, Rutgers has maintained a
presence in the national rankings.
Nangle joined the Rutgers staff in the fall of 2008. During her three seasons the Scarlet Knights accumulated a 27-21 won-loss record. They were one of the top defensive teams in the Big East during that time, finishing second in the conference in goals-against average in 2011.
Prior to joining the staff at Rutgers, Nangle spent a year as the head lacrosse coach at St. John’s Prep in Frederick, Maryland. Before that, she spent a year as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s, her alma mater, a member of the NEC.
Nangle was a four-time All-Conference selection for the Mountaineers and is among the programs top-10 all-time in ground balls, caused turnovers, and draw controls. Following her senior season, she was selected to play in the Division I North/South Senior All-Star Game.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from the Mount in 2006.
Head lacrosse coach Kelly Nangle has added Brittany Davis to her coaching staff for the upcoming year. Davis brings five years of club coaching and Division I playing experience to her first collegiate coaching position.
"I am excited to join the Central Connecticut women's lacrosse family and I appreciate the opportunity Kelly Nangle and the athletic department has provided me," Davis said. "Lacrosse has always been an important part of my life, so being able to turn it into a career has always been my dream."
"I am excited to welcome Brittany into our Blue Devil family," Nangle said. "Her energy and passion for the sport of lacrosse is going to have an incredible impact on our student-athletes. Brittany's knowledge of the game and her experience as a player is going to be instrumental in developing our attackers. I am thrilled to have her on the sidelines with me as we continue to take this program to new heights."
Davis, a 2012 graduate of Rutgers, played her final three collegiate seasons for the Scarlet Knights. She appeared in 41 games over that time, including seven starts playing midfield and attacker. During her career with Rutgers, Davis scored 25 goals, recorded four assists and controlled 24 draws.
Nangle, who was named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after her first season with the Blue Devils, was an assistant coach at Rutgers during Davis' first two seasons with the Scarlet Knights.
Prior to Rutgers, Davis attended the University of Delaware for two years. She played in 18 games and made four starts for the Blue Hens.
Since 2009, Davis has served as the head coach of the Long Island Yellow Jackets club lacrosse team, in addition to working numerous lacrosse camps and serving as a referee for local youth lacrosse games.
Before college, Davis was a four-year varsity starter for Shoreham-Wadding River High School in New York. She earned numerous honors athletically and academically in a standout career as a student-athlete.
"Not only am I completely honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level, I am working under one of the most passionate and hard working coaches I have ever known. I am eager to begin building relationships with the student-athletes and cannot wait to get out on the field. With this opportunity, I plan to not only grow and learn as a coach but also put everything I have into the success for this program," Davis added.