WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Diane “Dee” Stephan has been named the sixth permanent head coach in the 25-year history of the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse program, it was announced Friday by director of athletics Lori Runksmeier.
A native of Clinton and current resident of Avon, Stephan brings an abundance of coaching and administrative experience, and business acumen to Eastern, which competes in the Division 3 Little East Conference.
She is the founder and owner of the Avon-based Dodgers, Inc., an elite travel lacrosse program for girls that trains and teaches grade-school student-athletes and which has grown to encompass 11 states since its creation 10 years ago.
Stephan’s appointment – which begins immediately — follows the department’s recent decision to split the field hockey and women’s lacrosse head coaching positions, both of which were previously held by Christine Hutchison since 2007. Hutchison will remain as the full-time head field hockey coach.