Kelly Downs enters her second season as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse program after serving as the Associate Head Coach in 2016. Prior to her promotion, she served as an assistant coach over the past three seasons and coached a total of eleven all-conference players during her time at Worcester State. Coach Downs doubles as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and as the assistant field hockey coach.
While Coach Downs was on the sidelines, the Lancers have posted a trifecta of 13-win campaigns to tie the school record for wins in a season (2013, 2014, 2015). In 2014, the Blue and Gold earned a berth in the MASCAC Tournament title game and vied for the ECAC Division III New England Tournament trophy in the championship match. In Downs’ inaugural season, the team broke the school record for wins and saw appearances in both the MASCAC and ECAC semifinals.
Prior to coming to Worcester State, Coach Downs served as the head coach of the varsity girl’s lacrosse team at Oliver Ames High for three seasons.
As an undergraduate at Bridgewater State, Coach Downs was two-year member of the women's lacrosse team and aided Bears in their run to the 2008 NEWLA Championship and ECAC Division III Championship game with 11 goals and two helpers in 20 games.
Coach Downs was also a three-time All-Little East back for the field hockey team at Bridgewater State.
After graduating, Coach Downs served as an assistant coach for her alma mater. In both years, she helped the Bears earn a pair of LEC Tournament bids, two ECAC Division III Tournament berths and the squad won the MASCAC regular season title twice.
Coach Downs was hired as a full-time employee in the summer of 2014. She is the coordinator of student-athlete support services as she helps with academic advising, student-athlete retention and assisting with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Coach Downs had previously served in a similar role at Worcester State as part of a position that had been funded through the NCAA Division III Ethnic and Minority Internship grant.
Coach Downs, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bridgewater State, also holds her Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Endicott College.