Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College Dept of Athletics
9000 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011
Division 3 Maine Northeast
Private Small Developing team


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Elizabeth Grote

The spring of 2019 was the 17th season for Bowdoin head coach Liz Grote, who is the winningest coach in Polar Bear women's lacrosse history.

Over the course of her tenure at Bowdoin, Grote has won over 65% of her games and led the Polar Bears to unprecedented heights. The Polar Bears have made two NESCAC Championship game appearances, qualified for five NCAA Division III Tournaments and - in 2011 - accumulated the most wins in school history (18), the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA "Final Four" and runner-up finish in the Division III Championship.

In 2011 Grote surpassed long-time head coach Sally LaPointe as the winningest in program history. Coach Grote was honored as the IWLCA's New England Coach of the Year in 2005. Under her direction, Bowdoin has had at least one IWLCA Division III All-American in 11 of the last 12 years.

A native of Simsbury, Conn., Grote is a 1994 graduate of the University of Vermont and came 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).

In 2002, 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

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Paula Habel

Paula Habel joined Bowdoin as an assistant women's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2016.

Habel comes to Bowdoin with over a decade of collegiate coaching experience. Most recently the head coach at Merrimack College, Habel returns to the NESCAC, where she served as an assistant coach for Colby from 2013-2015, helping the Mules qualify for the NCAA Tournament and earn a top-ten ranking each campaign.

Prior to Colby, Habel owned a consistent record of success leading Bridgewater State, Emerson, Allegheny and Plymouth State University. Her 2012 Bridgewater State team claimed the NEWLA Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. While at Allegheny, her squad reached the North Coast Athletic Conference playoffs in two of the three years while setting a school record for wins in a season (9). While with Plymouth State, the Panthers won the ECAC title and finish with a 13-5 record in 2005. A year later, that same Plymouth State program went to the NCAA Tournament, won Little East Conference regular season and tournament titles, and finished 13-6 overall.

Originally from Hingham, Massachusetts, Habel is a 2003 Cum Laude graduate of Bridgewater State with a degree in Communications. She received her master's degree in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University in 2009. A decorated student-athlete, Habel was voted into the BSU Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011.

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Katie Hawke

Katie Hawke joined the Polar Bear women's lacrosse coaching staff in the spring of 2008. The head coach at Springfield College from 2005-08, Hawke led the Pride to a pair of NEWMAC Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances while twice earning Conference Coach of the Year recognition. Before Springfield, Hawke coached at Mount Holyoke College, where she served as a visiting lecturer in physical education, and assistant women's lacrosse coach and head squash coach.

From 1995 to 1999, she was the head of girl's physical education at the Queensbury School in Bradford, England. In 1999, Hawke came to the United States to pursue a master's of science degree in exercise and sports studies and serve as a graduate teaching fellow at Smith College. She was awarded her master's degree in May of 2001, and went on to hold visiting lecturer and coaching positions at Elms and Mount Holyoke. Hawke graduated with honors with a bachelor of education in physical education from Leeds Metropolitan University in England in May of 1992.

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