Peri Steere will lead the new women’s lacrosse team at Hendrix College.
Steere was most recently head women’s lacrosse coach at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., leading the program from its inception as a club sport to three consecutive berths in the NCAA Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference post-season tournament. She also served as senior women’s administrator, weight room supervisor, contest management supervisor, and assistant to the athletic director at Mount Ida. Steere served as first assistant women’s lacrosse coach at her alma mater Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., where she received academic and intercollegiate athletic honors as a Division III student-athlete.
“We are tremendously excited to have Coach Steere join the Hendrix community,” said Amy Weaver, director of athletics at Hendrix. “She brings successful coaching experience and a thorough knowledge of Division III culture and values. She will be a terrific colleague for our coaching staff and a wonderful example to our student athletes.”
The non-scholarship NCAA Division III team will officially begin intercollegiate competition in spring 2014. Hendrix will also add men’s football in fall 2013 under head coach Justin Buchanan.
“When you add a new sport, it is critical that the head coach be someone who not only wants to win but to build a successful program over time,” Weaver said. “Coach Steere is the best possible professional to successfully launch a new program at Hendrix.”
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country’s #1 “Up and Coming” liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 “Best Buy” private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.