Keene State College has named a new women’s lacrosse head coach.
Travis Wyant was named interim head coach on Wednesday, Nov. 2, but he is a familiar face to KSC athletics. Wyant was previously an assistant coach to KSC field hockey and senior administrator Amy Watson for the past four years at KSC, according to an announcement from the athletic department. He has also worked at multiple college athletic programs since 2014, including the University of Mary Washington and Frostburg State College.
Watson said, “Travis is a hard worker, he puts 110% into everything he does.” She said she thinks he will do well in the program and she mentioned how enthusiastic Wyant is about the position, along with being approachable and competitive.
Watson said he does his research and is organized and, at the same time, she stressed how important assistants are, knowing he is currently looking for some. “Kind of need the right hand to your left hand,” she said.
Prior to Wyant being named as women’s lacrosse head coach, the past head coach, Katie Clark, stepped down after 14 impressive seasons starting in 2009.
Wyant said he knows it’s big shoes to fill, “but I am more than excited and more than ready to do that.” He added how he feels support from the administration and other women’s lacrosse coaches to take on this big role.
Phil Racicot, director of athletics, said he was glad to find a head coach right after Clark stepped down, especially one with prior experience with women’s lacrosse. Racicot talked about how the circumstances for hiring a new coach at that time were not ideal, but KSC was fortunate in this case.
Racicot described Wyant as someone who was willing to rise up when they needed someone. “Within the athletic department, Travis is one of those people who anytime there is a need for anyone to fill in and step up if we need someone to help with game manage[ment] or just to have some really good ideas in our athletic department, he’s definitely been a go-to person,” he said.
Wyant has almost nine years of experience working in college programs. He said he is thrilled to now be a KSC head coach, and excited for his head coaching position to be for women’s lacrosse. “I have always had a passion for women’s lacrosse ever since I was an undergrad,” he said.
This season, Wyant said he hopes to bring the team closer and get to know them as they “define what Keene State women’s lacrosse is.” “I am looking forward to the opportunity to win some games with this unit,” he said.
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