Durham to lead women's lacrosse program

C.J. Durham has been hired as the first head coach of Hanover College's women's lacrosse program.

Durham comes to Hanover after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Stevenson University (Md.). She will recruit Hanover's first lacrosse squad during the coming academic year. The Panthers are slated to begin intercollegiate competition during the spring season in 2015.

Durham was a four-year starter at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County from 2008 to 2011. She played in 67 of the team's 69 games during the span, including 57 starts, and helped the Retrievers post three straight winning seasons and back-to-back appearances in the America East Conference championship.

A four-time academic all-conference selection, Durham earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 2011 and recently completed a master's degree in forensic studies at Stevenson.

She also received all-America East Conference honors as a senior and capped her career with a school-record 71 caused turnovers.

Hanover will be the fifth school in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with women's lacrosse, joining Defiance College (Ohio), Franklin College, College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) and Transylvania University (Ky.).

Hanover currently offers nine men's and eight women's varsity sports. The men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field. Women's sports currently include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

More than 40 percent of Hanover's student body participates in the intercollegiate athletics program.

Men’s lacrosse was the last sport added at Hanover and competed in the 2011 season. The most-recent sport added to the College's women’s slate was soccer, which appeared at the varsity level for the 1995 season.