West Virginia Wesleyan College

West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat Athletics
59 College Avenue Buckhannon, WV 26201
Division 2 West Virginia Northeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Hannah Lively

West Virginia Wesleyan College and athletic director Randy Tenney are pleased to announce Hannah Lively as the new women's lacrosse head coach.

Lively is a 2010 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her Master's in Education in Reading Specialization in 2011.

She is also a former player on the lacrosse team, playing from 2008-2010.

She is a native of Buckhannon and a 2006 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Lively has been an instrumental force in the development of lacrosse at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

While working on her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan, she was an assistant coach on the very first lacrosse team at Buckhannon-Upshur in 2008. The 2008 team was state runners-up in West Virginia.

She took over the program as head coach in 2010 where she remained until this summer.

"I helped sustain the program and keep players interested and motivated," Lively said. "When the high school program became established, I started a middle school program in hopes of having a feeder program for the high school."

Lively established the middle school program in 2012 and has overseen its growth since then.

She is currently a fifth-grade teacher at Rock Cave Elementary, a position she will retain while coaching the Lady Bobcat program.

Lively said she is looking forward to the opportunity of being the head coach of the Lady Bobcat lacrosse program.

"I am very excited to make the transition from high school to the NCAA Division II ranks," Lively said. "When I heard this position was an option, I felt it was meant to happen. This is my Alma Mater. I want to give back to it and take the lacrosse program to new heights."

Lively will inherit a very young team that went 6-9 and also secured a play-off berth in the Mountain East Conference in 2016.

The 2016 roster had 11 freshmen out of 18 student-athletes.

She will be the third head coach of the program in the last three years.

"I think it will be difficult for the players to start new – again," Lively remarked. "Each coach has a different style and expectations. However, I have a lot of great things in store for the team to boost their motivation and focus on the upcoming season. My goals are to lead the team to a winning season and focusing on strengthening the players from within."

Lively and her Lady Bobcats will begin the 2017 season in late February.

"I am very excited to meet the team and to begin coaching them," Lively concluded. "I can't wait to get started."

"We are happy to add Hannah to our coaching staff," remarked Tenney. "Hopefully she will give us the stability within the program that we need. She will begin building her staff immediately."

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Ryann Moore

New West Virginia Wesleyan head lacrosse coach Hannah Lively has filled out her staff with the hiring of Ryann Moore as an assistant coach.

Moore will join Lively and assistant coach Emily Noel on the sidelines during the 2016-17 season. Like Lively and Noel, Moore is a former member of the Lady Bobcat lacrosse team.

She is a native of Fairmont, W. Va. and a 2007 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.

While at Fairmont Senior, she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse and was a 2005 and 2006 Second Team All-Stater in soccer.

She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration in 2011.

At Wesleyan, she played club lacrosse from 2008-2010 and was a member of the first recognized Lady Bobcat lacrosse varsity team in 2011. She also was a member of the Lady Bobcat soccer program from 2007-08.

Moore, a current community health advisor with the American Cancer Society, was the assistant coach of the Fairmont Senior lacrosse team from 2012 until this past spring. She has also served as the girls’ soccer head coach from 2012-14 and started the lacrosse program at the middle school level in Fairmont in 2012 and was the head coach until 2015.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Moore as she not only attended Wesleyan but was a classmate of Lively’s as the two attending the college at the same time.

“Hannah and I met while attending Wesleyan together,” Moore said. “We have built a friendship over the years and have coached against each other on the middle school and high school level.”

Moore said it wasn’t a hard decision to return to Wesleyan and assist with the lacrosse team.

“Wesleyan has always held a special place in my heart after graduation,” Moore said. “I have made some of my best memories on that campus. I have spent the last five years coaching at my high school alma mater and I have enjoyed every moment of it, so when I was given the opportunity to be able to return to Wesleyan it really wasn’t a difficult decision.

“Playing the first year for the Wesleyan team was definitely a difficult task given that we had some players who had never even seen the game before, but our coaches were committed to making us strive to be better, so if I can help the team continue to push to improve on and off the field then that is definitely something I want to be a part of.”

Moore believes her past coaching experience will be beneficial for the Lady Bobcat program.

“I have had the privilege of coaching the past five years with three great men who I look up to as coaches as well as people,” she stated. “Together we have worked hard to keep the fun in the game and to make the girls enjoy coming to practice and believing in themselves enough to reach their goals. We just came off of a highly successful season capped off with a state championship title so I hope to bring that excitement and drive over to the Lady Bobcat program. We have put a lot of focus on practicing like a champion/acting like a champion and that is something I would like to instill with this group as well on top of having fun!”

Moore said one her goals as assistant coach is to push the players to be the best they can be.

“When every player can look their teammates in the eye and tell them they have given them everything they have day after day, there is no stopping what a team can accomplish,” she stated.

Lively remarked about the hiring of Moore, “I am excited to have another Wesleyan alum on the coaching staff. She has always been a great motivator and has such a positive attitude. I can't wait to head into season with her assistance.”

The lacrosse season will get underway in late February for the Lady Bobcats.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to return to my Home Among the Hills,” Moore concluded.

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