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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia associate head coach Colleen Shearer has been named the 2010 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced by the IWLCA.

Shearer, entering her 14th year with the Cavaliers, has helped Virginia advance to the NCAA Tournament each season she has been in Charlottesville. In addition, she has played an integral role in guiding Virginia to all five of its ACC titles and to the NCAA championship game in four of the last eight years.

“This accomplishment is a great honor for Colleen, our team and department,” head coach Julie Myers said. “Her passion, knowledge and hard work have set a tone for all of us to follow on and off the field. I am proud of Colleen and of the opportunity to work along side of her.”

In just the second year of the award, Shearer joins Vanderbilt’s Susan Ellis as the only other recipient of the honor at the Division I level.

Working primarily with the attack, Shearer has consistently had players earn All-America and All-ACC accolades, in addition to all-region and all-state honors. In 2004, she saw Amy Appelt claim the Tewaaraton Trophy and Honda Sports Award – the most prestigious honors in women’s lacrosse.

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