Kevin Siedlecki, who has coached the Hand girls lacrosse team since 2009, has been named head coach of the Southern Connecticut State women’s lacrosse team. Siedlecki has also served as an assistant coach for the Owls the past three seasons.
”I really wasn’t thinking about coaching at the college level until this fall when the position opened,” Siedlecki said. “I wouldn’t have left Hand for just any college job. I had been helping out part-time under the previous two head coaches, and really grew to appreciate the Division II model.
”I think Southern does a lot of things right in the athletics department to encourage a balanced student-athlete experience. The opportunity to coach full-time in that environment was something I couldn’t ignore. There are definitely mixed emotions. I will miss the girls at Hand. Part of me feels terrible to leave a place where the community has been incredibly supportive of me and the program for the last 10 years.”
Siedlecki compiled a career record of 157-51 with the Tigers. He was named the CIAC Class M Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2018, the 2015 Southern Connecticut Conference Coach of the Year and New Haven Register All-Area Coach of the Year in 2011.
Siedlecki guided Hand to the last four SCC tournament championships in addition to titles in 2009 and 2010, while also earning SCC regular season titles in 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Hand also finished as CIAC Class M Runner-ups in 2011, 2015 and 2018. Siedlecki also coached five All-Americans that went on to play collegiately.
According to a prepared statement, Siedlecki will be the fourth head coach in Southern women’s lacrosse history. Kelley Frassinelli coached the program from its inception in 2001 through 2013 before Maureen Spellman guided the program from 2013 through 2017. Betsy Vendel served as the program’s head coach last season before accepting the same position at Central Connecticut State earlier this year.
“The Madison lacrosse community and the Daniel Hand athletics department are very strong,” Siedlecki said. “They will continue to field great lacrosse teams because the parents and schools support their student-athletes in all the right ways. The program at Southern has been moving in the right direction.
“Maureen Spellman and Betsy Vendel did a great job bringing talented lacrosse players to campus over the last few years. We have some pieces that could come together nicely and make us more competitive than we’ve been in the very strong Northeast-10 Conference. My immediate goal is to put those pieces together this season and play some exciting, competitive lacrosse games in an exciting, competitive conference. If we focus on process and work to improve every day, we will win games.”