YORK, PA – York College assistant women's lacrosse coach Ashley Fitzhugh has been selected as the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) Outstanding Assistant Coach for Division III as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
The Outstanding Assistant Coach award recognizes an assistant coach from each Division who has made a distinct impact on the success of their program through hard work, commitment, dedication, and sportsmanship.
Fitzhugh completed her 12th season with the Spartans in 2019 and helped the squad to a 17-6 record and an NCAA tournament run that saw them advance to the regional finals, where they fell to Tuft. She works primarily with the defensive unit and mentored Nicole Clauter, a first-team All-American and the 2019 IWLCA Defensive Player of the Year.
"I am very honored to be receiving the Division III Outstanding Assistant Coach award," Fitzhugh said. "I would like to thank the IWLCA, York College, my current and former student athletes and Coach Muston, whom I have had the pleasure of assisting over the last 12 seasons."
In 2019, York won its first-ever Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship, defeating Salisbury, a team that has won this tournament for the past 16 years straight. The Spartans compiled the most wins in program history (17), advanced to an eighth straight NCAA tournament and made their fourth Elite-8 appearance in the last five seasons.
"The impact Ashley has had on our program not only last season, but in all her years of work with us is incredibly invaluable and vital to the sustainability of our program," said Spartan head coach Jen Muston. "Over the years, her presence on our coaching staff has enabled the program to grow tremendously and build to the point of being a top team in Division III year after year – which speaks to the impact she has had on our program."
Muston, Fitzhugh and the Spartans kick off the 2020 season on February 19 at Washington (Md.). York kicks off their home campaign on Wednesday, February 26.