BABSON PARK, Mass. – After transforming the Babson College women’s lacrosse program into a nationally-ranked program, Kully Reardon has announced she will step down as the team’s head coach at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

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A 1999 graduate of Middlebury College, where she was a member of three national championship teams, Reardon came to Babson as head lacrosse coach and assistant field hockey coach in 2002. In her first season at the helm, she guided the lacrosse program to a second-place finish in the NEWMAC regular season standings – its best in five years – and over the following four years she led the team to a pair of 10-win campaigns. That set the stage for the greatest four-year stretch in program history, as Babson went 61-13 with four consecutive conference championships and four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 from 2007 to 2010. Along the way, Reardon became the first coach in team history to collect 100 career wins, and she was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2007.

Along with top-20 national rankings in five consecutive seasons, Reardon’s teams have also gone 32-0 in NEWMAC play dating back to 2007. Individually, players from her squads have won 38 All-Conference awards, 31 All-New England honors, and 10 All-American nods. The Beavers have also featured the last four NEWMAC Player of the Year winners and the last six NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honorees.

Reardon also served as head coach of the field hockey team for two seasons, leading the squad to a 19-6 mark and the program’s first NCAA tournament berth in 2005. She was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year that fall.

Reardon cited spending more time with her husband, Tom, and two sons, Jack and Finn, as the primary reason for her departure from coaching.

“This has been one of, if not the most, difficult decision I have ever made,” Reardon said. “When I started out at Babson, this job was my only major time commitment. In many ways, my players and co-workers were my family. Over time I have built another wonderful family consisting of my husband and two boys.

“During the past few seasons, balancing my two families has become increasingly difficult and challenging. Babson lacrosse has come so far due to the pride, passion and traditions cultivated through both the present team and our amazing alumnae. The last thing I want is for my personal commitments to have a negative impact on this program.”

“I would like to express our sincere appreciation for Kully’s leadership over the past 10 years,” said Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur. “As good a coach as Kully is, she is an even better person. She has built our program into a national presence. Four NEWMAC titles, repeated national tournament appearances, and four years of undefeated NEWMAC play have certainly given our student-athletes, alumnae, parents and friends something to be proud of.”

“Kully has always stressed the important things. She knows it is not just about winning. More important to her was the development of the whole player, on and off the field. Kully loves Babson, her players – past and present – and the sport of lacrosse. She has firmly established herself as an indelible part of our history. She will always be a Beaver.”