A three-time All-American during her standout Maryland career under head coach Cindy Timchal, Kelly Coppedge enters her third year as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy in 2010.
Coppedge's background as a dynamic offensive talent has been a key element in Navy's unprecedented success in its first two seasons as a full-fledged Division I program. The Midshipmen concluded their inaugural spring at the Division I level as the owners of the second-ranked scoring offense in the nation. In addition to setting a Patriot League record with 283 goals scored, Navy scored at an unrivaled pace, finishing at the second-highest clip (16.65 goals/gm) in NCAA history.
In 2009, Navy boasted a balanced offensive attack featuring a total six 20-goal scorers, led by two-time First-Team All-Patriot League attacker Erin Rawlick. Rawlick led the conference in scoring for the second year in a row with 92 points - the third most in the 19-year history of Patriot League women's lacrosse.
As a player, Coppedge graduated in 2004 as one of the most decorated student-athletes in storied history of women's lacrosse at Maryland. During her career, she accumulated 300 points (219 g, 81 a) to rank third on Maryland's all-time scoring list. Her 219 goals rank second behind only all-time great Jen Adams, while her 81 assists stands seventh all-time. As a senior team captain, she scored 72 goals and 26 assists for 98 points to rank sixth on the single-season list. During her senior year, she was named a candidate for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation's top player, and was also named a first-team All-American by the three major lacrosse outlets, as well as WomensLacrosse.com's 2003 Midfielder of the Year.
As a junior, Coppedge registered 95 points (73 g, 22 a), the seventh-most on the Maryland single-season list, on her way to ACC Player of the Year and NCAA Midfielder of the Year honors from Brine/IWLCA, as well as All-America kudos for the second time in her career. Her 73 goals were the third-highest total in a single season.
She finished her career as a two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, a 2004 Honda Award Finalist, a three-time All-American and first-team All-ACC midfielder. During her four-year career, the Coppedge-led Terrapins produced a 67-19 overall mark - good for a .780 winning percentage - and twice reached the national semifinals, highlighted by a 2001 title run during her freshman season, which ended in Timchal earning her eighth national championship.
An Annapolis native, she graduated from Maryland in 2004 from the Robert H. Smith Business School with a degree in marketing. She previously worked as sales representative for Harrow Sports in San Diego, before moving back east and assuming her current post at the Academy.
While this spring marks her second season with the Midshipmen program, Coppedge certainly is no stranger to the Yard. Both her grandfathers, John (Bo) Coppedge and James L. Anderson, are Naval Academy graduates and members of the Class of '47. After retiring from active duty, Bo went on to serve as the distinguished athletic director at the Naval Academy from 1968-88.
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