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Colleges: Mount Holyoke names Lori Hendricks director of athletics



Lori Hendricks, who has been Mount Holyoke’s associate athletics director for programming since 2007, will become the college’s next director of athletics and chair of the department of physical education as of July 1.

“I am thrilled to be working with Lori Hendricks as Mount Holyoke’s next athletics director,” Pasquerella said in a statement released Tuesday. “She brings a strong national reputation as a compelling and articulate voice for women’s athletics.”

Mount Holyoke offers 14 varsity sports programs and a number of competitive club sports teams. It is a member of the NCAA Division III and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.

As associate director, Hendricks has overseen compliance and eligibility, coaches’ personnel reviews, and student-athlete leadership programming. She has served as liaison to MHC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Captains Forum, and Club Sports Council, as well as tournament director for multiple NEWMAC, Seven Sisters, and ECAC conference championships, and as a facilitator for the NCAA’s national and regional student-athlete conferences.

Hendricks will replace Laurie Priest, who has been chair of the department of physical education and director of athletics at Mount Holyoke since 1989 and will now return to teaching.

“I am very excited to serve my alma mater as its new chair of physical education and director of athletics,” Hendricks said. “There isn’t another program in the country that can boast a similar legacy or commitment to women’s education, competitive athletics, or physical education. President Pasquerella’s vision for the college is bold, and I am eager to work with her, our extraordinary coaches, faculty, and staff, and loyal alumnae to begin this new era of Lyons athletics.”

Hendricks earned her bachelor of arts degree in politics and economics from Mount Holyoke in 1992 and a master’s degree in sport management from Ohio State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan.

Women’s lacrosse

Westfield State 16, Smith College 7 — Jenny Estes, Jessica Lillquist and Christina Vara each had two goals but the Pioneers (1-6) fell on the road.

Savannah Lawson made six saves in the loss.

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