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Rachel Shuck Whitten
Head Coach - Furman University
Rachel Whitten is entering her third season at the helm of the Furman women’s lacrosse program in the 2015-16 school year. In 2015, the inaugural year of Furman women’s lacrosse, Whitten guided her team to a 9-6 overall record and 4-3 Atlantic Sun record and appearance in the A-Sun tournament.
On May 30, 2012, Furman University director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark announced that Rachel Shuck Whitten, associate head coach at the University of Denver, has been named Furman's first women's lacrosse coach.
Whitten, a native of Annapolis, Md., spent six seasons at the University of Denver, serving as an assistant coach from 2007-11 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season.
During her tenure at Denver, the Pioneers amassed a 71-36 (.664) record, won three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season championships, and ranked among the nation's top 20 teams three times.
In 2012 Denver posted a 12-3 record and 6-1 mark against MPSF opponents, leading the nation with 12.6 caused turnovers per game and ranking tenth nationally in scoring offense (13.93 goals per game), while posting the nation's 11th-best scoring margin at 4.2. The team's 12-game winning streak was the longest in Denver women's lacrosse history.
The Pioneers concluded the 2010 season with a 13-5 record and went a perfect 6-0 in league play. Denver advanced to the finals of the MPSF Tournament but was edged by Stanford, 11-10, in double overtime, to finish the season ranked 20th nationally. Pioneers Ali Flury, Natasha Davies, and Lexi Sanders were named to the IWLCA All-West Region second team, while Flury earned All-American accolades.
The 2008 squad also went undefeated in MPSF play, earning a final ranking of 15th nationally. In Whitten's first two seasons at Denver, the Pioneers posted a combined 29-9 record, including a perfect 10-0 slate in regular season league play.
A two-time All-American at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., Whitten helped the Greyhounds advance to three straight NCAA tournaments from 2002-04, including an appearance in the 2003 Final Four. Loyola ranked among the nation's top five teams her first three seasons, finishing the 2003 campaign as the top-ranked team in the country. Whitten, who remains the school's all-time career leader with 120 assists, was nominated as a junior and senior for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented annually to the NCAA women's lacrosse player of the year.
A 2004 graduate of Loyola with a bachelor's degree in business administration, she is married to Marty Whitten of Verailles, Mo., and the couple welcomed their first child, Aleni Lou Whitten, in the summer of 2014.
Associate Head Coach - Johns Hopkins University
Tara Singleton returns for her sixth season on the Blue Jay coaching staff. In August 2013, she was promoted to Associate Head Coach. She will continue as the Blue Jays' defensive coordinator and add director of recruiting to her responsibilities. In January 2015, Singleton was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
In four of Singleton's five seasons at Homewood, the JHU defense has ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense. Last season, the Blue Jays ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense (7.44), seventh in save percentage (.481) and 25th in caused turnovers (8.89). Senior Octavia Williams anchored the Blue Jay defense and went on to earn IWLCA All-Region and IWLCA North-South All-Star game honors. In 2014, Hopkins led the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) and ranked sixth nationally with just 7.40 goals allowed per game. Hopkins also led the ALC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in caused turnovers (9.30) in 2014. She coached Alyssa Kildare to All-ALC and IWLCA All-Region honors in 2011 and 2012.
Singleton began her coaching career at her alma mater, Loyola, and spent one year there before moving to UMBC. She coached the UMBC defense for two years and served as the Retrievers' interim head coach in the spring of 2006 while head coach Courtney Connor was on maternity leave. In 2007, Singleton left Baltimore to join the Denver coaching staff, where she spent three seasons. In her first season with the Pioneers, the team went 13-6 and advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship game. After a 10-8 record in 2009, Denver returned to the MPSF title game in 2010 and went 13-5 on the season.
Singleton was a four-year letterwinner at Loyola where she started her final two seasons and captained the team as a senior. A Second Team All-America in 2004, she led the Greyhounds to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two Final Fours and the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association title. As a junior, she led the team in caused turnovers and anchored the nation's top-ranked defense. As a senior, she once again led the team in caused turnovers and was among the national leaders in that category as well. Singleton was a member of the US National Developmental Team from 2003-05, a World Cup Team candidate and a member of the US National Elite Team from 2007-08. She graduated from Loyola in 2004 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in special education.
Head Coach - Colorado Academy
Stephanie Coyne is the Colorado Lacrosse program director. Coyne was the 2015 Colorado State coach of the year and 2015 Southwest section coach of the year.