Aug. 9, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. --- Former Fresno State women's lacrosse player, Natalie Harrington, has been named the head coach for the inaugural lacrosse program at George Fox University, which is set to play its first season in the spring of 2014.
"As a recent player and graduate of Fresno State I feel completely appreciative and humbled to obtain this opportunity," said Harrington. "It's going to be a very different role jumping from being a student-athlete right into being a coach, but it's a challenge that I couldn't be more happy to take on. I am looking forward to laying down a solid foundation for George Fox's first-year program."
Harrington, who graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor's in communications, was a member of the inaugural Fresno State recruiting class in 2009.
"Being that I was in the first recruited class at Fresno State, starting a new program is familiar to me," said Harrington. "Now, I have to transfer that to a coach's perspective, opposed to a player."
The Oregon City, Ore. native returns to her home state and will coach the first-year program just miles from her hometown at George Fox.
"I am really proud of Natalie for continuing to spread lacrosse and growing the game in non-traditional areas," said Fresno State's head lacrosse coach Jessica Pausewang. "Her dedication to the game has been obvious by joining Fresno State as its first recruiting class and now accepting this position. I wish her all the best. "
Harrington was a two year captain for the Bulldogs, and finished her senior year with 14 goals and 22 points and first on the team with eight assists. She played in all 56 games of her collegiate career and started in all 15 games her senior season. A very dominate attacker for the 'Dogs, Harrington completed her career at Fresno State leading the all-time points list with 67. She was also named Fresno State Attacker of the Year at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
"I believe that my former teammates and coaches have definitely prepared me for this new experience," said Harrington. "My teammates and coaches pushed me to great lengths every day I stepped out on that field. Being a part of Fresno State's women's lacrosse team has taught me lifelong lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I want to do the same for my future players."
In its first season, George Fox will be joining Linfield, Pacific (Ore.) and Puget Sound as the fourth member of the Northwest Conference, an NCAA Division III league, to sponsor intercollegiate lacrosse.
Harrington is also the published author of a children's book trilogy under the pen name of N.R. Rose. The third book of the series, Griffin's Legacy, is due out in Aug. 2013.
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