Grace Gaeng Joins Lacrosse Staff|
Aug. 5, 2014
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati lacrosse coach Gina Oliver has announced the hiring of Grace Gaeng as assistant coach. Gaeng played collegiately at High Point, as well as Maryland.
"I'm really excited to welcome Grace to our Bearcats family," said Oliver. "She brings a lot of different experiences to our program and will fit right in. Her enthusiasm, creativity and work ethic will all impact our program immediately. I'm looking forward to looking with Grace as we continue to build something special here at UC."
As excited as Oliver is to have Gaeng on board, the new assistant is equally excited to get started at Cincinnati.
"I want to thank Gina Oliver, (assistant coach) Shannon Witzel and the entire athletics department for their support in offering me this opportunity to join the UC women's lacrosse program," Gaeng said. "I'm honored to be a part of a University that is so strong academically and athletically. Gina and her staff have set a very high standard and I'm excited to help the program reach its goals."
Gaeng played on the lacrosse team at Maryland for two seasons, redshirting as a freshman before playing nine games and helping the Terps to the NCAA Tournament and a second consecutive ACC title as a sophomore. She transferred to High Point as a junior and had an immediate impact for the Panthers.
In 2011, Gaeng was named National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Player of the Year and Attacker of the Year after leading the conference in points (78) and assists (25), while ranking third in goals (53). She finished ranked in the top-30 nationally in all three of those categories and was one of just three players in the country to rank among the top-25 in goals and assists. She earned a pair of NLC Player of the Week nods during the season and was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" column on May 30, 2011.
As a redshirt junior, Gaeng notched 67 points (30 goals, 37 assists), while also winning a team-best 47 draw controls. She earned second team All-NLC honors. During her senior campaign in 2013, Gaeng led HPU to the Big South tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament bid, again earning second team all-league accolades. She was second on the team with 46 points (26 goals, 20 assists) and again led the team with 34 draw controls.
Since graduating from High Point with a degree in graphic design in 2013, Gaeng has worked in graphic design and creative services for Tommy Hilfiger, Twitter and BBC America. At HPU, she served as co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was also actively involved in the Friends of Jaclyn project, Open Door Ministries and Operation Christmas Child. She has also worked as a counselor and coach at various lacrosse camps throughout the country. The Bel Air, Maryland, native is a product of The John Carroll School.
Gaeng replaces Lauren Gunning, who earlier accepted an assistant coaching position at her alma mater, UConn.