Central Connecticut State Univ

CCSU Dept of Athletics
1615 Stanley Street New Britain, CT 06050
Division 1 Connecticut Northeast
Public Medium National competitor


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Betsy Vendel

Betsy Vendel (CCSU '14) was named head coach of the women's lacrosse program in October 2018. Vendel is CCSU's all-time leader in assists (99), points (219), draw controls (180) and ranks second in goals (120).

It is a great feeling to return to lead the women's lacrosse program at CCSU," said Vendel. "I am looking forward to working with a great group of student-athletes. I thank CCSU for having the confidence in me to take over the program. It means a lot to me to be named the Blue Devils head coach."

Vendel was a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team. She was a three-time All-Northeast Conference selection and earned NEC Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. She posted four of the top 10 single-season point totals in program history and started all 64 games of her career. During her time with the Blue Devils, Vendel was awarded the Gail Rutz Award as the most outstanding senior female student-athlete.

Vendel returns to Central after spending four years at Southern Connecticut State where she served as the Interim Head Coach since the fall of 2017 and guided the Owls to a school record for wins in a season. The program was also recognized with Team Academic honors by the IWLCA. Vendel had served as assistant coach at SCSU since 2015 and was instrumental in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the team.

Vendel's coaching career also includes a season as an assistant coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. She has also coached with the Nor'easter club program since 2012.

A Connecticut native, she began her coaching career at her alma mater, Newtown High School.

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Cierra Ward

Cierra Ward (CCSU '14) enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Blue Devils. She was a four-year defender for the women's lacrosse team from 2011-2014. In her junior and senior seasons the Blue Devils advanced to the Northeast Conference Tournament twice, including a second place finish and a 7-2 conference record in 2013. The Blue Devils finished a combined 11-5 in NEC play in her final two seasons. They won 16 games overall in those two seasons. During her four years the Blue Devils won 30 games, the most in a four-year stretch in school history, and were 18-16 in league play during that time.

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