NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College Athletics Department announced Tuesday the hiring of Ashley Durepo as head coach of the Warrior women’s lacrosse program.
Durepo arrives after she transformed the University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse program for the past three years. Since she took over the Huskies’ head job in August 2017, she drastically improved the team’s winning percentage and led the team to its first Little East championship game since 2013. She boasts 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, which includes assistant roles at Southern Maine, New Hampshire and UMass Lowell.
“We are thrilled to announce Ashley Durepo as the new head coach of our women’s lacrosse program,” stated Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson. “Ashley’s coaching experience, dedication to her student-athletes and overall passion for women’s lacrosse will serve her well as she begins her Merrimack career. It is my pleasure to welcome Ashley to our Warrior family!”
In late-2017, she inherited a Huskies team that finished 7-9 the season before and went on to compile a 19-14 record the following two springs. She also coached one All-Region player and eight that earned spots on LEC All-Conference teams. Her team in 2019 set program records for the highest goals per game average and most assists and she was named the LEC Coach of the Year for the effort. The 2019 Huskies also had the highest winning percentage in program history with their 10-6 record. The roster also grew significantly with her at the helm, as the number of student-athletes grew from 19 in fall 2017 to 31 by fall 2020.
“I am honored to be named the women’s lacrosse coach at Merrimack,” said Durepo. “I would like to thank Jeremy Gibson, Diane Metcalf and the entire search committee for providing me with this great opportunity and I truly look forward to becoming a part of the Merrimack College community. I also want to express my appreciation to my team and colleagues at the University of Southern Maine. My time at USM provided me with so many great experiences and relationships that I am very thankful for.”
Before her time in Gorham, she helped start nearby UMass Lowell’s Division I program from the ground up. She arrived in the summer of 2013 and helped the River Hawks for two seasons after their 2015 debut. Prior to her first stint in the Merrimack Valley, she was an assistant for the University of New Hampshire during the 2012 campaign. She also spent two seasons as an assistant at Southern Maine during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
“I am excited to lead this team through the remainder of the Division I transition and for competition in the Northeast Conference,” said Durepo. “I look forward to getting to know the team, their families and the North Andover community. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing institutions in the country and it is an exciting time for the athletic department and the college. Our team plans to continue to build on our recent success by maintaining a tradition of hard work and excellence in our program.”
Additionally, Durepo has been the head coach and/or recruiting coordinator for a trio of travel lacrosse programs since the summer of 2006. Her most recent experience has been as the head coach of Maineiax Lacrosse Club of Portland, Maine since August 2017.
As a student-athlete, she was a four-year starter at New Hampshire and helped the Wildcats to a berth in the 2008 NCAA tournament. She was also a three-time America East All-Academic team member, was twice named to the league’s All-Conference Second Team and earned a spot on the 2006 league All-Rookie Team.
She graduated from UNH with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in the spring of 2009 with a minor in business administration.
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