HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Coker College is pleased to announce the hiring of Chelsea Kent as the Cobras' head women's lacrosse coach, Dr. Lynn Griffin, vice president of athletics and athletic facilities announced today. Kent returns to Coker after beginning her coaching career with the Cobras in 2013 and being promoted to head coach in July of 2014.
"We are excited to have Chelsea return to Coker as our women's lacrosse coach" said Griffin. "She was instrumental in developing the program and is familiar with the South Atlantic Conference. She has a proven record of success at Coker and we look forward to seeing that success continue."
In 2016, Kent led the women's lacrosse program to an 8-7 record. Kent coached six All-SAC selections and one Astroturf SAC Offensive Player of the Week. During the 2015 season, Kent led the Cobras to nine wins and a trip to the South Atlantic Conference Championship semifinals in just their second season as a program. In all, she had five players earn All-SAC honors and three AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week recipients. As an assistant coach for the Coker women's lacrosse program in 2014, Kent helped lead the Cobras to a record of 3-10. In their inaugural season in the South Atlantic Conference, four Cobras earned All-SAC honors.
"I am honored and blessed with the opportunity to return to Coker College, which is not only where I began my coaching career, but is also my alma mater," stated Kent. "I made countless incredible memories on and off of the field at Coker and I am extremely excited to get back on campus and get to work on this upcoming season. I'd like to give a huge thank you to Dr. Wyatt and Dr. Griffin for allowing me to lead the women's lacrosse program once again."
Prior to her time at Coker she served as the head coach at Orangewood Christian School in Orlando and was the director of the Hericanes Lacrosse Club.
A highly talented high school and college player, Kent played Division I lacrosse at St. Francis University (Pa.) from 2008-2010. During her time at St. Francis she set several records. She is No. 6 all-time in total points in a season (52), No. 8 all-time in assists in a season (17), No. 7 all-time in goals in a season (39), No. 8 all-time in career points (96), No. 7 all-time in career assists (30) and No. 9 all-time in career goals (66). She was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week in 2009.
Kent graduated from Coker with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2015. A native of Winter Springs, Fla., Kent played high school lacrosse for Steve Efland at Winter Springs High School.