Barton names Denham as head coach of women’s lacrosse program

Barton names Denham as head coach of women’s lacrosse program

by Benny Benton

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College has named Regan Denham as women's lacrosse head coach, school officials announced Wednesday.

Denham has nearly a decade of collegiate head coaching experience that includes stops at NCAA Division I program Liberty University and NCAA Division III member Gordon College, where she was a colleague of Barton men's lacrosse head coach Warren Shumate.

She has also led programs at Springfield College and Missouri Baptist College, where she started one of the first NAIA women's lacrosse programs in the country.

"I am excited to announce that Regan Denham has accepted the position of women's lacrosse head coach," said Todd Wilkinson, Barton's director of athletics. "Finding an experienced and strong leader with an established recruiting network in the collegiate women's lacrosse community were the attributes carrying the most weight when conducting this search. Regan checks all of these boxes at a high level.

"Coach Denham's experience as a clinician, camp director and player development coach will be a valuable asset to grow the game of lacrosse in the Wilson community. Her previous experience as a colleague with men's lacrosse head coach Warren Shumate is an added bonus, as they have developed a positive professional relationship that will enhance the growth of the game for both genders. Regan will take on additional responsibility as the Leadership and Life Skills Coordinator, and will be a valuable member of our athletics department team."

Since 2016, Denham has served as girls' lacrosse program director and physical education instructor at The First Academy in Orlando, Fla., where her team set a school record for wins and ranked as high as 23rd among all high schools in Florida.

"I would like to thank Athletic Director Todd Wilkinson and President Doug Searcy for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow this program," Denham said. "I am very excited to be joining the Barton family. The college and this group of girls are incredibly special, and I cannot wait to work with them."

In addition to her coaching experience, Denham was also a standout player at NCAA Division III program Messiah College, where she was a four-time all-conference selection. In her career, she scored 153 goals and handed out 98 assists, totals that still rank among the top five on the school's all-time list.

Denham will take over a Barton women's lacrosse team that just completed its second season of competition. The Lady Bulldogs posted a 1-11 record during their inaugural season in 2017 before improving to 5-10 this past spring with a roster that included no seniors and just one junior. Barton qualified for its first Conference Carolinas Tournament in 2018 as the No. 7 seed after posting a 3-6 league mark.

"Regan has a passion for lacrosse and understands the balance of developing a well-rounded student-athlete," Wilkinson said. "Her coaching experience over several levels is valuable knowledge that will allow her to build a team that meets the departmental model of winning the four C's - campus, community, classroom and competition."