Queens University of Charlotte

Queens Univ of Charlotte Dept of Athletics
1900 Selwyn Avenue Charlotte, NC 28274
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
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Clare Short

Short (Gaeng) returns to the Royals after spending two seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

This past season, Queens secured its fifth-straight South Atlantic Conference Championship title. Six Royals were recognized on the South Atlantic Conference All-Conference team while three earned IWLCA South All-Region team honors. Additionally, three Royals earned AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors with Cammy Case being named defensive player of the week three times. She also earned IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week recognition and was voted SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Short led the Royals to their second-straight NCAA Championship appearance in her first year with the program advancing to the second round after securing the programs fourth consecutive SAC Regular Season and Championship titles. Eight players received all-conference team honors while four advanced to the all-region team. Both Kelly Dowd and Hanna Scott were named IWLCA All-Americans. Academically, Becca Chen earned the SAC Elite 18 Award.

Short spent a year as the assistant coach with the Royals in the 2014 helping coach Queens to its first SAC Regular Season and Championship titles. Since then, Short has spent two seasons with the Bears leading them to second place finishes in the SAC during the regular season and in the SAC Championship for two consecutive seasons.

In 2016, Lenoir-Rhyne finished the regular season with a 7-1 league record. That season Short coached the SAC’s Player of the Year, Lauren Donovan. Additionally, Donovan was the Bears’ all-time leading scorer and first ever IWLCA NCAA Division II All-American.

In 2015, the Bears gave the Royals a run in the SAC Championship game once again before falling 16-8 to the Queens. Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year at 11-7, while going 7-1 in the SAC once again. Short also saw another one of her players, Ines Flueck recognized on the IWLCA NCAA Division II All-American team.

Prior to coaching at Queens, Short spent one season as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., in 2013, helping lead the squad to an 8-0 start, which set a new program record. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets reached the semifinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament.

A player herself, Short was a starter on the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles women’s lacrosse team from 2009-2012. The three-time all-conference team member helped lead her team to a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship. In 2010 Lock Haven reached the semifinal round of the championships, and they advanced to the quarterfinals in 2011. Additionally, Short was named Team Captain and Defensive MVP during her senior season. The Eagles were also three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Champions from 2010-12.

Short, a native of Frederick, Md., holds a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven in sports administration

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Kelly Hamilton

Kelly Hamilton was named assistant women's lacrosse coach in the fall of 2018.

Hamilton worked with the Chanticleers for one season helping them post an 11-7 record in 2016. Coastal Carolina also went 5-3 in Big South Conference play. In postseason play, they advanced to the semifinal round of the conference tournament where they were knocked out by Winthrop University. That year, five Chanticleers were honored on the all-conference team while two were named to the all-tournament team.

A collegiate women's lacrosse player, Hamilton competed at Lock Haven University serving as team captain for three years. She helped lead her team to the NCAA DII Championship game two seasons in a row where they finished just short of two titles. Additionally, Lock Haven won back-to-back Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015 with Hamilton earning MVP honors in 2014. The four-year starter was also named to the All-PSAC team three times and was a two-time IWLCA DII All-American.

Hamilton earned her bachelor's degree in sport administration with a minor in sport and exercise psychology from Lock Haven in 2015.

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