Hayley Whear enters her third season as the head coach of the Frostburg State women’s lacrosse program after being hired from a national search in the summer of 2015.
Whear has led Frostburg to a pair of six-win seasons over her first two years despite facing a total of nine opponents ranked inside the IWLCA Top-20. A year ago, Frostburg earned its first trip to the CAC Tournament under Whear.
Whear’s rebuilding of the program is visible off the field as well as the Bobcats as a team have twice been named as an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad and a total of seven student-athletes have been named to the Division III Academic Honor Roll.
Last spring, the Bobcats led the CAC in assists per game (6.82), draw controls per game (14.94) and points per game (18.94). They also finished second in ground balls per game (18.76), third in scoring offense (12.12) and fourth in caused turnovers per game (8.47).
In her first season, Whear led the Bobcats to a 6-8 overall record, including a pair of wins in the CAC. Frostburg finished seventh in the league in goals (148), assists (49) and goals against average (12.69). FSU also finished third in the league with 152 saves.
Whear arrived at Frostburg after serving as the head women's lacrosse coach at Sweet Briar from 2013-2015. She also served as the director of strength and conditioning and the assistant facilities director and lecturer for physical education. The Vixens earned a spot on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll in 2014 and 2015 and placed two players on the All-ODAC teams this past spring. The Vixens also had the Division III leader in caused turnovers.
Prior to Sweet Briar, Whear was a graduate assistant at Salisbury University for two years, serving the program Exercise is Medicine and as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach.
Whear coached women's lacrosse and was the assistant director of the Diamonds Lacrosse Club from 2009-11. She was the women's lacrosse coach at the Park School in 2011 and coached women's lacrosse at the St. Paul's School for girls in 2010.
Whear coached one season at Goucher College in 2008, helping guide the women's lacrosse team to the Landmark Conference Championship game.
Whear was a standout women's lacrosse student-athlete at Lynchburg from 2003-07, serving as team captain as a senior. She helped the Hornets to 31 wins during her four years, while starting 18 games as a senior with 14 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
Whear served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2006-07), was a member of the Director of Athletics Honor Roll (2005-07), was a Dean' List student and three-time All-ODAC Academic Award winner.
She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Lynchburg in 2007 and her master's degree from Salisbury in applied health physiology in 2013.