BY JIM SCHILTZ
LEICESTER, Mass. — Shenendehowa High School graduate Ashley Mossey won’t be much older than some of the players she’ll be leading as Becker College’s new women’s lacrosse coach.
Becker College officially announced Mossey’s hiring Wednesday. At 25, the Shen graduate will be coaching at the place where she set several offensive records as a star attack and midfield player not too long ago.
“The rebuild begins,” Mossey said Wednesday. “This past weekend I moved down [to Massachusetts], and we start Monday. I’m ready.”
Mossey, who has three years of coaching experience at the college level, said she accepted the position a few weeks ago. Frank Millerick, Becker College’s director of athletics, made the initial call.
“He reached out to me, and I consider that a big compliment,” Mossey said. “I was thinking, ‘This is a very big opportunity.””
Becker College plays at the Division III level and is a member of the New England Collegiate Conference. The Hawks went 4-4 in the NECC and 5-11 overall last season.
“Even though we are Division III, we are going to compete and carry ourselves as a professional team,” Mosey said. “When we meet Monday I will tell my team, ‘You are a student first and then an athlete, but lacrosse has to be one of your main priorities.'”
Mossey was named the NECC Player of the Year following her junior and senior seasons at Becker. She scored 66 goals as a junior for the No. 2 spot in Becker’s single-season record book, and notched 55 goals as a senior when the Hawks set a school record with nine wins (equaled in 2015).
“I am thrilled that Ashley Mossey has returned to Becker College to coach the women’s lacrosse team,” Millerick said in a press release. “Ashley was one of the most distinguished female student-athletes to graduate from Becker. She holds numerous records and was the NECC player of the year twice. She has spent the past three seasons on the sideline coaching college lacrosse at Wesley College and Marywood University, and I feel she is ready to take the next step. I look forward to Ashley having a successful coaching career at her alma mater.”
Mossey left Becker in 2014 with a business administration degree and school career records for goals (232) and points (246). Afterward Mossey earned a master’s degree in sports leadership at Wesley in Delaware where for two years she served as a graduate assistant coach. She spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Marywood in Pennsylvania.
“I’m not going in blind,” Mossey said. “The places I’ve been have prepared me.”
Mossey said she will serve on Becker’s student-athlete advisory committee along with her coaching duties.
Mossey began playing lacrosse at Shenendehowa as a seventh-grader, and the 2010 graduate spent three seasons with its varsity team.