Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University Athletics
590 Cobb Avenue Mailbox 0201 Kennesaw, GA 30144
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
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Laura Maness

A coaching veteran who brings more than a decade of experience, Laura Maness has been named Kennesaw State’s head lacrosse coach. The announcement was made Friday, July 1 by Katie Egloff, Associate Athletics Director/SWA.

Maness joins the Owls after spending the previous five seasons at University of Detroit Mercy. She led the Titans to four straight Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game appearances and became the winningest coach in program history.

“We are excited that Laura Maness will be the next women’s lacrosse coach at Kennesaw State,” Egloff said. “She has enjoyed success within the Atlantic Sun Conference and brings a proven track record of building young programs. We’re thrilled to welcome Laura to the Owls Family and are confident in her ability to recruit high-quality student-athletes to our program.”

Maness brings 11 years of experience as a head coach to Kennesaw State after leading programs across all three divisions at Detroit (2012-2016), Lake Erie College (2009-11) and Waynesburg University (2006-08).

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at Kennesaw State,” Maness said. “I would like to thank Vaughn Williams and Katie Egloff for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. After visiting campus, the energy is palpable. There is tremendous potential at Kennesaw State when you consider the support for the program, the outstanding facilities and its location in an emerging lacrosse community. I look forward to working with the current players on the team and hitting the recruiting trail to add even more talent.”

Kennesaw State begins its fifth season as a program in 2017 and Maness is no stranger to upstart programs. She was the inaugural coach at both Lake Erie College and Waynesburg University while taking over at Detroit after its third season.

In her five years at Detroit, she coached one ASUN Player of the Year, one Defensive Player of the Year, one Freshman of the Year, 12 first-team All-ASUN selections, nine second-team All-ASUN selections and mentored the Scholar Athlete of the Year the past two seasons. The IWLCA honored the Titans as an All-Academic Squad each season.

Each season with Maness at the helm, the Titans improved. The team finished above .500 in each of the last two seasons, including a school-record 12-win season in 2016. The 2016 campaign also saw Detroit become the first-ever ASUN school to knock off Jacksonville en route to the program’s fourth straight appearance in the ASUN championship game.

Before coaching at Detroit, Maness was the inaugural coach for Lake Erie College at the Division II level. After 18 months of preparation, she led the Storm to a 7-7 record in its first season. Lake Erie was named an All-Merit squad and an All-Academic squad.

Maness began her coaching career at Morgantown High School while attending West Virginia University. She began as an assistant at Morgantown High in 2002 and was promoted to head coach in 2004. The team won four state championships during her tenure. Maness also served on the coaching staff for the Midwestern Force club lacrosse team during the summer.

In 2006, Maness was the head coach at Division III Wayneburg State in Pennsylvania where she guided that program in its first two years of existence.

Maness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science at West Virginia. During her time at Waynesburg, she earned a Master’s of Business Administration in 2008.

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Devon Schneider

After having a storied career with the perennial power Florida Gators, Devon Schneider has been named an assistant coach for the Kennesaw State women’s lacrosse team, Laura Maness announced on Wednesday, August 3.

“I am thrilled to have Devon join our staff,” Maness said. “She will be responsible for overall skill development and will serve as the offensive coordinator. Her experience on the field and coaching with club programs is very impressive and she will be a great ambassador for our program.”

Schneider recently graduated from the University of Florida winning four regular season titles with two being in the American League Conference and two being in the Big East compiling a 69-14 record as a player.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Kennesaw State women’s lacrosse staff,” Schneider said. I’m thankful for the opportunity that the KSU athletic department and Laura Maness have given me. I look forward to working under Maness as she brings her knowledge and experience to this program and can’t wait to get started!”

Playing under Amanda O’Leary, Schneider compiled 85 goals and 17 assists in a Gators uniform and was named to the All-Big East First Team after her junior season.

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Shannon Nee

Kennesaw State women's lacrosse hired Shannon Nee to round out the new staff, head coach Laura Maness announced on Monday, August 29.

"I'm thrilled to add Shannon to our staff," Maness said. "On the field, she excelled as a goalie leading UConn's backfield her entire college career. As a coach, her role will be to provide skill development to our goalies and help with defensive strategy. Her passion for the sport is contagious and will carry over to our players."

Nee graduated from University of Connecticut in May of 2016 after starting all four years in goal for the Huskies. Her senior season she was named an IWLCA All-American, made the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team for fourth consecutive season and won Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the second season in a row.

As a coach, she has worked with the X-treme lacrosse club and was a camp counselor at UConn, Princeton and Villanova from 2013-16.

Nee is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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