NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced the promotion of Heather Faasse to the role of head women's soccer and lacrosse coach on Friday.
Faasse came to Norwich in January of 2017 and has served as an assistant coach for women's soccer and lacrosse programs for a year, before being named the interim head lacrosse coach on January 26, 2018.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director, Tony Mariano, for the opportunity to continue working with the women's soccer and lacrosse student-athletes," Faasse said. "The continued support from current players, families, peers and alumni has been motivating over the past season. Both teams are working hard to create a culture change with cohesive units within a competitive atmosphere. Our soccer program will be undergoing major changes in the next season with the goal of competing in the conference playoffs. The women's lacrosse program will be building on the foundations we laid this season to find even more success in the 2019 season."
Faasse guided the women's lacrosse program this spring to a 7-8 record and its best winning percentage since the 2014 season. The Cadets also finished 5-5 in GNAC games under Faasse, earning the No. 6 seed for the GNAC Tournament. She tutored two GNAC All-Conference selections in Kate Albretsen '19 and Olivia Bloom '20 in her inaugural season as head coach.
"Heather Faasse was put in a challenging position after the departure of our head women's soccer and lacrosse coach in December," Mariano said. "She has done a remarkable job as our interim head lacrosse coach this past spring, in addition to taking on all of the responsibilities of our head women's soccer coach. She has done a wonderful job of recruiting for both programs and is very enthusiastic and determined to bring great change to our soccer and lacrosse teams."
"She has created a very positive environment with all of her athletes and is focused on developing both soccer and lacrosse into GNAC contenders once again. She has engaged with our university population and is respected by our staff and student athletes. I am confident she will bring future success to Norwich women's soccer and lacrosse."
Norwich women's soccer won the 2008 GNAC Championship and also appeared in the final in 2010. The women's lacrosse program won three straight GNAC Championships from 2010 to 2012.
Prior to Norwich, Faasse was the head soccer and lacrosse coach at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she trained and mentored middle and upper school athletes in their respective sports to support their academic and athletic growth.
In addition to her work at the Girls Preparatory School, Faasse was the co-founder of the Lookout Mountain Football Club in Lookout Mountain, Ga. where she trained and mentored primary school student-athletes. She also served as a trainer at Rio40, implementing small-group sessions designed to implement skills.
Faasse is a 2015 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, where she played 86 career games for the Chargers' soccer team and helped the team to back-to-back conference championships in 2013 and 2014.