On Tuesday afternoon, the Northwestern Wildcats announced that they have signed Kelly Amonte Hiller to a seven-year extension.
Amonte Hiller, the head coach of the Northwestern women's lacrosse team and winner of seven the last nine NCAA championships, will remain in Evanston through the 2021 season.
"Without question, Northwestern is thrilled that one of the most outstanding head coaches—in any sport, at any university—will remain a Wildcat well into the future," Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said in a statement. "Since reinstating our women's lacrosse team 12 years ago, Kelly and her program have represented the best of what Northwestern Athletics strives to be, on and off the field. She is a pioneer for her sport and for women's athletics in general, and we can't overstate the impact her players' achievements have had on Evanston and the surrounding communities. Looking ahead, we are excited to have Kelly leading Northwestern into the new era of the Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Conference beginning in 2015."
Amonte Hiller has compiled a 215-33 record in 12 seasons with the Wildcats, best among active Division 1 women's lacrosse coaches. She's taken Northwestern to nine straight national semifinals and has registered a 34-3 record in NCAA Tournament play.
In 2012 the decorated coach was inducted into the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. She's also been named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association National coach of the Year five times and is a seven-time American Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year.
"I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Phillips and President Schapiro for their incredible support of Northwestern Lacrosse and our student-athletes in recent years," Amonte Hiller said. "Their efforts make it possible for our program to achieve the goals we set for ourselves, first on a day-to-day basis and eventually in the form of conference and NCAA championships. I am determined to maintain our program's level of excellence for years to come and to continue to provide a superb academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes."
Amonte Hiller will begin her 13th season as head coach of the Wildcats when Northwestern opens up their 2014 season Sunday against the University of Virginia in Atlanta, GA.