NYIT Athletics welcomes Kerri Handras as the new Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, effective June 13, as announced by Duane Bailey, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. She will sit in the record books as the program's first head coach in the history of it's existence. Additionally she will take on the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Business Affairs.
Handras comes from East Coast Conference member Dowling College, where she spent the last nine years as head coach of the women's lacrosse program and 11 at the helm of the nationally competitive women's soccer team. In her tenure with the Golden Lions, she produced eight Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans, 23 IWLCA All-Region players, 59 East Coast Conference (ECC) selections and seven ECC Players of the Year. For both teams, Handras was hired to start and build competitive programs at Dowling, and found success in the form of two ECC titles for lacrosse and two for soccer, while also being named Coach of the year three times.
In 2011, she guided Dowling to a 15-2 overall mark and was ranked fifth in the nation, which was the highest in program history. In that same season the Golden Lions captured their first ever ECC Championship and received their first ever berth into NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Tournament. She posts an overall record of 115-39, including a 17-4 mark this past season, which featured the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
Along with success on the fields of play, Handras's Dowling teams became role models in the community and in the classroom. Her student-athletes were active in community initiatives including Keep Islip Clean, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Out of the Darkness, Lax-4-Life, Long Island Blood Drive, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Susan B. Komen Foundation. The lacrosse program at Dowling achieved a combined team GPA of over 3.38 for the Fall 2015 and has never dropped below a 3.0 cumulative team average.
Prior to her coaching career, Handras was a four-year starter on the Stony Brook women's soccer team and spent one season playing lacrosse. She received her undergraduate degree in 2002 and completed her Master's of Arts with a concentration in Liberal Studies in 2004.