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.