Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek announced on Monday (Oct. 2) that Kirk Lamitie will be the first women's lacrosse coach in Flyer history. The inaugural Flyer women's lacrosse season will take place in the spring of 2019.
"We looked for someone who had experience in starting a program and someone who could help strengthen our recruiting ties in the Chicago area while at the same time increase our recruiting base," Planek said. "Kirk Lamitie has that experience and will be able to help us forge a successful lacrosse program at Lewis."
Lamitie, who coached the Chico State women's club lacrosse team as an undergrad (2001-03), is eager to begin his tenure in Romeoville.
"I'm extremely excited for this opportunity to start (the women's lacrosse) program at Lewis University," Lamitie said. "The dedication to the student-athlete both on and off the field is a testament to the University and how they promote respect and leadership through focusing on the person as a whole rings true to the success of (the athletics department).
"I look forward to ushering in a new group of student-athletes to the Lewis University family."
Lamitie is no stranger to brand new programs as he was the head women's lacrosse coach at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago for the past four seasons (2014-17), including its inaugural campaign in 2014.
During his tenure, Lamitie took a winless squad in 2014 and parlayed that into a mark of 15-2 in 2017, including a share of the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) Regular Season Championship. In 2016, the Scarlet Hawks finished with a record of 13-4, earning Lamitie MWLC Coach of the Year accolades.
In all, Lamitie has mentored 11 All-MWLC performers, including 2017 Midfielder of the Year Madison Meredith and 2017 Co-Attacker of the Year Alyssa DeLuca.