|Haddeland Named Manhattan Women’s Lacrosse Coach|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College athletic director Bob Byrnes has named Diane Haddeland Jaspers' head women's lacrosse coach. Haddeland had spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Division III power Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, NJ. A native of Mahopac, NY, Haddeland brings experience in developing programs to compete on a national level.
"Diane is the right person at the right time for our program," said Byrnes. "Her coaching style is grounded in fundamentals and will lead ultimately to success. She was a member of a championship lacrosse program and knows what it will take to get us back to the top of the MAAC."
Haddeland recently finished her third season at Fairleigh Dickinson where she was the top assistant to Adrienne Booth Carr. In her role, she helped with recruiting and worked with the goalies on the team. She was part of a staff, under Booth Carr, that helped take the Devils from a 1-13 record to a 13-7 overall mark in 2011 and the ECAC Mid Atlantic finals. In 2010, she helped guide Fairleigh Dickinson to an ECAC Mid Atlantic Championship as well as being ranked as the second most improved Division III team in the nation by LaxPower.
"I am truly honored to be appointed the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Manhattan College," said Haddeland. "I am confident in the potential of the team and I am looking forward to working with everyone. We have an exciting and promising season ahead of us."
Prior to her time in Madison, she played four years (2005-08) of Division III Women's Lacrosse at The College of New Jersey for Coach Sharon Pfluger. Her college resume includes three final four appearances and two National Championships in 2005 & 2006. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science before going on to achieve a Masters of Sports Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson in 2011.
The ability to mold a program did not bgin in college either. Haddeland attended Mahopac High School where she helped to start the Girls Lacrosse program and served as team captain her senior season. A passionate member of the lacrosse community, Haddeland has spent the last three years working as a coach or director at multiple lacrosse schools and academies including The Lacrosse Academy at Fairleigh Dickinson, Morris Storm Lacrosse and working as a volunteer coach for the Mahopac lacrosse clinic since 2000.
Manhattan is coming off a 5-14 season in 2010, but graduate only six seniors.