Williams College

Williams College: Athletic Department
22 Spring St. Williamston, MA 01267
Division 3 Massachusetts Northeast
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Alice Lee

Williams College Athletic Director Lisa Melendy announced on May 23, 2017 that Alice Lee has been named the head coach of women's lacrosse at Williams.


Lee comes to Williams after coaching six years in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The last two years Lee was an assistant coach at Middlebury College and the four years before Middlebury she was an assistant coach at Amherst College.


"I am quite pleased with the hiring of Alice Lee as the next head women's lacrosse coach at Williams," stated Melendy. "She comes to us with a distinguished coaching pedigree, having been an assistant at some of the top Division III programs in the country. The committee was impressed with her evident passion for coaching and the game of lacrosse, as well as her plan for beginning the next chapter of Williams women's lacrosse. It is clear that following coaching legend Chris Mason is a big job, but I believe Alice is up to the challenge and well positioned to do so. I would like to thank the search committee for their time and thoughtful consideration during this process."


"I am incredibly grateful to Lisa Melendy and the entire search committee for the opportunity to lead the Williams women's lacrosse program and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Chris Mason," said Lee. "Chris has done an outstanding job of creating a highly competitive program, along with developing the many talented athletes who have adorned the purple and gold. I am excited to continue building upon that solid foundation and to connect with the Williams women's lacrosse family."


"Williams is a special place," added Lee. "It is invigorating to be a part of a vibrant community that is ever-evolving, and one that is actively committed to growth and innovation. I am eager to work within this framework and to grow with all members of the Williams College community."


While coaching at Middlebury (2015-17) Lee helped guide the Panthers to the 2016 NESCAC and NCAA titles and was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year.


Lee was also a primary recruiter at Middlebury as well as being involved in many athletic department programs and projects including serving as an advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Council and helping organize the first Staff Fest Celebration.


For four years before arriving at Middlebury Lee was an assistant coach at Amherst College (2011-15), while also pursuing an M.S. in Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts (2015).


While Lee was at Amherst the Mammoths' 2014 team advanced to the NCAA Final Four and the 2012 team advanced to the Sweet 16. Lee was a primary recruiter for the Mammoths and supported the athletic department on The Diversity and Inclusion Committee and advising the Student Athlete Advisory Council.


Lee began her intercollegiate coaching career with a two-year stint as assistant coach at Buffalo State University (2009-2011). Both years Lee was at Buffalo State the Bengals advanced to the semifinals of the SUNYAC Tournament and the 2011 team climbed to 19th in the IWLCA national poll.


Lee played goalie collegiately at Central Connecticut State University, where she was a two-time captain, three-time all-conference selection, voted outstanding teammate, and most valuable player.


She is the current record holder of five Central Connecticut State records and an NCAA Division I stats leader in three categories.


Lee graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Management and a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

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Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins joined Alice Lee’s staff in September of 2019 after serving as the head coach of the Millbrook School (N.Y.) girls lacrosse team from 2017-19.


Higgins’ first collegiate coaching stint was as an assistant field hockey coach at Middlebury College in 2014-15. From 2015-17 Higgins was an assistant field hockey and assistant lacrosse coach at her alma mater St. Lawrence University.


Higgins graduated from St. Lawrence in 2014 with a BA in Global Studies and in 2017 earned a Master’s Degree from St. Lawrence in 2017 in Educational Leadership


A dual sport athlete at St. Lawrence Higgins competed in field hockey and lacrosse for the Saints.

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