YORK, PA - York College Women's lacrosse head coach Jen Muston has announced the addition of Chelsea Thompson and Kim Kabernagel to the Spartan lacrosse staff for the 2013-14 year. Thompson will work primarily with the offensive unit while Kabernagel who will serve as a volunteer assistant, will work mostly with the defense. Assistant coach Ashley Fitzhugh is also returning for her seventh season as a defensive coach for the Spartans.
Thompson received her bachelor's degree in Human Relations from High Point University in 2013 and was a Big South Presidential Honor Award Recipient in 2012. While at HPU, Thompson was a member of the Panthers first ever women's lacrosse program and became a key contributor in building the team to immediate championship status in Division I. During the Panthers first season in 2011, Thompson started all 19 games and was the teams second leading scorer with 48 goals and 20 assists. She was the programs' first-ever goal scorer in their first varsity game against Virginia Tech and played a major role in helping the team to win the NLC Conference Championship in their first year.
During the 2012 season, Thompson was the team's leading scorer with 25 goals and 26 assists in 12 games before sitting out the remainder of the season due to an injury.
"I am very excited to have Chelsea join our staff and begin her coaching career at York College" said Muston. "She was an impact player on a Division I team and knows what it takes to get the team to championship status which is exactly what we are striving for at York."
Thompson also has previous coaching experience serving as a coach for the SP lacrosse club team in southern Maryland during the summers of 2011 and 2012. She hails from Annapolis, Maryland where she attended Broadneck high school and played lacrosse.
Kabernagel excelled at both soccer and lacrosse at Drexel University where she received her degree in biology in 2009. She then went on to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated this past June. She currently works at Wellspan York Hospital as a Family Medicine Resident.
During her soccer career at Drexel, she was the Team's Most Valuable Player in 2008, named a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-star, as well as an NSCAA Regional Scholar Athlete. In lacrosse, Kabernagel was a three year starter as a defensive midfielder and draw specialist. She was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All Star Team in 2009, and also placed on the IWLCA Academic Honor roll in 2008 and 2009.
Kabernagel's coaching experience includes assisting at St. Hubert's Catholic high school in Philadelphia, as well as private training.
"Adding Kim to our staff this year really rounds out our coaching staff and allows us to have more support for the team. Having her work closely with Coach Fitzhugh will really provide our defensive unit with solid leadership and support," states Muston.
With four coaches from Division I backgrounds, the Spartans will look to continue their quest for a championship. The Spartans finished the 2013 season with a 14-5 overall record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2014 schedule features five teams currently ranked in the IWLCA top 20: Christopher Newport, F&M, Ithaca, Gettysburg, and Salisbury.