On September 14, 2009, Monmouth University named Denise Wescott as the fourth Head Lacrosse Coach in the program’s 19 year history.
In her third season at the helm of the Hawks, Wescott led Monmouth to its fourth Northeast Conference Title on the back of a historic defensive effort in the NEC Tournament. After winning four of five games to close out the regular season, MU held opponents to a record low seven goals in the NEC Tournament, including an 11-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in the finals. For her dominating performance over the weekend, freshman goalie Katie Donohoe was named Tournament MVP while four other Hawks were selected to the All-Tournament team.
The Hawks traveled to Towson University, the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Champions, to play in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history and the first time since the 2007 season.
Four Hawks were named to All-NEC teams during the regular season along with having 18 players named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll. Academically, the team earned IWLCA Academic honors, with two players recognized on the individual team.
Wescott led the Hawks to a 10-7 overall record in 2011, including a NEC mark of 5-4. The Hawks had four players earn All-Conference honors while 17 players were named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll.
In her first season as head coach of the Hawks, Wescott led Monmouth to its 13th straight Northeast Conference Tournament -appearance. MU, which went 9-9 overall on the season, earned the third seed in the tournament with a 7-2 conference mark. Six Hawks were named to All-NEC teams while Shawn Evans was selected to play in the IWLCA North-South Game. Off the field, the team earned IWLCA Academic honors and had three players selected to the individual squad.
Before Monmouth, Wescott guided the Mount Saint Mary’s to a 22-10 conference record and four straight Northeast Conference Tournament berths. She was named NEC Coach of the Year in 2007 after leading The Mount to a 10-8 overall mark, including an unbeaten 8-0 conference record.
In addition to team success, a number of individual players flourished under Wescott at Mount St. Mary’s. The former Maryland Terrapin coached the 2007 and 2009 NEC Defensive Players of the Year, nine All-NEC first-team selections and nine All-NEC second-team selections. Wescott’s players also earned national recognition, with three players being invited to play in the annual Division I North/South Game and one All-Mid-Atlantic Region second-team award winner.
In the summer of 2006 Wescott was the recipient of the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement and before that was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame (2005). Coach Wescott has also served on the NCAA Div. I Lacrosse Committee, the NCAA Div. I Regional Committee, and positions on the IWLCA and IFWLA Executive committees. Wescott has also served as a US selector and Asst. Coach for the US Squad. She currently is serving a term on the Board of Governors’ for US Lacrosse.
Wescott served as the Delaware women’s lacrosse coach from 1993-2004. During her 11-year tenure, she guided the Blue Hens to 104-86 mark and won the America East title in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Delaware advanced to the NCAA Division I NCAA Tournament first round in 2000, earning an at-large bid after finishing second in the conference. Wescott was named America East Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1997. She also served as the assistant field hockey coach for four seasons and taught physical education major’s classes and skill’s classes.
From 1994-2005 along with her duties with the Blue Hens, Wescott coached the German National Team. She helped the German squad compete in eight European Cups and two World Cups in 2001 & 2005. The 2001 World Cup in England was the first international championship the German squad competed in coming in last and by the 2005 World Cup in Annapolis, MD won 3 games. She has worked lacrosse camps and clinics all through the United States in N.Y., Md., Del., N.J., Va., Arizona, Wash., Texas and all through the World in Germany, England, Canada, Japan, Wales, Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to her time in Newark, Del., Wescott was the head women’s lacrosse coach at Rutgers University from 1991-93 and served as the field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach at Drew University for the 1989-1990 seasons. She also was an assistant field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach for two years at Penn State and four years at the University of Maryland. Wescott began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State.
Wescott was a four-year starting goalkeeper and captain at the University of Maryland in Field Hockey and Lacrosse. In her four years in the crease, the Terrapins went 50-11-1 and advanced to the AIAW tournament three times, including falling to Penn State 9-3 in the first national collegiate championship game in 1978, and losing to them again 3 -1 in 1980. She ranks fourth on the program’s all-time saves list with 519 stops and boasted a 6.99 goals-against average in her career. She was named to the USWLA All-Star team and USWLA Final Four All-Tournament team in 1980.