UMBC women's coach Kelly Berger resigns

UMBC women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Berger has resigned after three years as Retrievers coach for unspecified reasons.

The university’s athletics website announced Berger's departure in a three-sentence new release that said she leaves with a 30-23 record and that her assistant coaches will remain.

Berger was one of the youngest coaches in Division I when she took over the Retrievers. In her first season, they finished 11-7, a school record for a rookie head coach. After that, Berger was given a three-year contract extension, but this spring, she was not on the sideline from late April through the end of the season for unspecified reasons.

In addition to confirming that Berger has resigned, Elyse Ashburn, director of communications for the university, said, "UMBC, like all universities, cannot legally discuss the details of personnel matters, and we hope the public will understand that we are not at liberty to provide additional information."

Berger could not immediately be reached for comment.

A Hammond graduate, she spent two years as a UMBC assistant coach before she was elevated to head coach in May 2009. This spring, the Retrievers went 8-9 and lost in the semifinals of the America East conference tournament. Berger took them to the four-team tournament all three years.

Her assistant coaches Tony Giro, a former assistant girls lacrosse coach at Mount Hebron, and Amy Appelt, the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and four-time All-America attacker at Virginia, stayed, but no details were available about the search for a new coach.

Berger, who was a two-time All-America midfielder at James Madison, is one of 36 players on the U.S. national team and will compete for a berth on the U.S. team to play in the 2013 World Cup.

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