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Abby Morgan
Head Coach

Abby Morgan, a three-year assistant coach for the Pride, became the eighth women’s lacrosse coach in school history on August 7, 2006. In her first season at the helm, she led her team to a 12-7 overall record, a 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) mark, the team’s first CAA championship and its second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Morgan brings a 47-38 career record into her sixth season at the helm in 2012.

Hofstra is coming off a 2011 season that could be categorized as rebuilding. The Pride posted a 6-10 record and was 2-5 in the CAA. Senior Katie Hertsch and sophomore Jill Maier were All-CAA selections and the team once again excelled in the classroom, earning IWLCA Academic Squad accolades.

The 2010 season saw Morgan lead her team to a 12-6 record and advance to the CAA title game. The team was ranked 15th in the final IWLCA Poll, the highest final ranking in program history. In addition, Morgan coached then-senior Corrine Gandolfi to her second All-America honor is as many seasons and also saw rising junior Hertsch earn a spot on the United States Women’s Senior National Team. Statistically, the team led the CAA in goals, assists and points per game and ranked eighth in the nation in draw controls. In the classroom Morgan saw her team earn IWLCA Merit Squad honors and boast the top team GPA in all of Division I women’s Lacrosse.

Morgan guided Hofstra to a 10-6 overall record in 2009, and the team was recognized nationally by earning IWLCA Merit Squad honors for having one of the top three cumulative grade point averages nationally. In addition, Morgan assisted in the development of Corrine Gandolfi, who became just the seventh player in program history to earn All-American honors.

In 2008 Hofstra compiled a 7-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the CAA. Hofstra finished in a tie for fourth in the conference and beat two squads ranked in the top 20 during the season. In addition, the Pride had four players named to postseason All-CAA teams, including two members of the All-CAA first team.

The Pride was ranked 16th in the final IWLCA Poll of the 2007 season, which was, at the time, the team’s highest final ranking in program history. Morgan also saw one of her star players, Kimberly Hillier, named a third team All-American and get selected to play on the United States Developmental Team. The 2007 squad finished the year ranked 22nd in winning percentage (.632) and was 23rd in the nation in scoring defense (10.16 GAPG). 

Morgan joined the Hofstra staff at the start of the 2003-04 academic year after a two-year stint as the top assistant at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

Since Morgan’s arrival the Pride has totaled 74 wins. In addition, Hofstra made three straight appearances in the CAA championship game from 2005 to 2007 and was ranked nationally at the conclusion of five of the last seven seasons.

Under Morgan's tutelage, 16 Pride student-athletes have earned CAA postseason honors, and four members of the program have garnered All-America accolades. Morgan has coached four of the greatest players in school history in Hillier, Becky Thorn, Casey McGrath and Corrine Gandolfi. Hillier and Gandolfi (twice) and Thorn were each All-Americans, while the four players earned All-CAA honors 13 times between them. The group combined to score 561 goals and rank two through five on the career goals list, and are in the top six in career points. Hillier’s 73 points in 2006 is tied for the school record, as are her 82 career assists, while Thorn graduated as Hofstra’s all-time leader in draw controls. 

As an assistant coach, Morgan worked with the Hofstra defense, as well as serving as recruiting coordinator. Under her tutelage in 2005 the Pride ranked ninth in the NCAA in caused turnovers and All-American defender Bridget Eder led the nation in caused turnovers and was 11th in ground balls. Hofstra’s goalkeepers also fared well under Morgan’s direction as Maisie Osteen was sixth in the nation in goals against average, while Lisa Papa ranked 19th in save percentage. In 2004 the Pride ranked 10th in the NCAA in ground balls per game, and Eder led the nation in ground balls and was 11th in caused turnovers and draw controls, while Papa ranked 18th in the nation in goals against average. 

In Morgan’s first year as head coach, she launched her own company called InCrease Lacrosse Camps, Inc. The company provides quality lacrosse instruction and competition for girls of all ages. InCrease Lacrosse offers various clinics and camps throughout the year that introduce the game to newcomers and advance players to the next level. Through her work with InCrease Lacrosse, Morgan is continually developing youth lacrosse on Long Island while promoting Hofstra to the local community.

At Monmouth she helped guide the Hawks to Northeast Conference regular season first and second place finishes in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Morgan was responsible for developing the attack at Monmouth, and mentored four All-NEC attackers and five All-NEC midfielders during her tenure. Morgan was also the team’s academic advisor and facilitated fund-raising efforts for the Hawks.

A 2001 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Morgan was a four-year starter and one of Coach Bonnie Rosen’s first recruits. Morgan led the Huskies in scoring as a freshman and was third during her sophomore year. She finished her junior year eighth in the nation in assists and garnered the Husky Award for dedication to the Connecticut program. A captain as a junior and senior, she finished her collegiate career as UConn’s single season (28) and career (63) leader in assists, and now ranks second in both categories. In addition, she is in the top five at Connecticut in goals, points and assists.

Morgan also excelled in the classroom where she was named a New England Scholar-Athlete and was a member of the inaugural All-Big East Honor Roll.

Morgan has served on the IWLCA Mid Atlantic All American selection committee, has been a chapter director of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation (LIMLF) since 2006 and is a past chairperson of the women’s hall of fame committee for the LIMLF.

Morgan, who has a degree in human development and family relations, is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in New Hyde Park, New York.

 

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