Northwestern University presents Title IX Trailblazer Kelly Amonte Hiller





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Published on Apr 9, 2012

In May 2011, head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller officially completed a decade's worth of seasons since resurrecting the Northwestern women's lacrosse program—and what a decade it was. By bringing home the 2011 NCAA championship, Amonte Hiller and NU rose to the top of the women's college lacrosse world for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, a run on par with any accomplishment in modern collegiate athletics.

A four-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year, Amonte Hiller enters 2012 with an incredible active streak of seven consecutive appearances in the NCAA title game. Since the 2004 season, Amonte Hiller has amassed an overall record of 170-10 (.944) and won 28 of 30 games her team has played in the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern's rapid rise to the level of national prominence under Amonte Hiller—particularly in an area of the country that had never before seen such success in women's lacrosse—has caught the eyes of many, in and out of lacrosse.

A truly legendary figure and trailblazer in women's athletics, Amonte Hiller was the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Player of the Year, leading Maryland to national titles in both seasons. She was a four-time All-America in lacrosse, ending her career as the school's all-time record holder for career goals (187), assists (132) and points (319, 70 more than second place). In addition, Amonte Hiller also earned All-America accolades in soccer for the Terrapins and was named the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 for all sports.

Amonte Hiller's legacy extends to the national program as well. She was a member of the national team for more than a decade, winning IFWLA World Cup titles with the Elite Team in 1997 and 2001. In 2005, she was named to the All-World Team at the World Cup in Annapolis, Md., where the U.S. finished second to Australia.


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