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Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Glen Arm, Md.
Alma Mater: JMU
Graduating Year: 1997
Phone: 540-568-3618
Email: klaessc@jmu.edu
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Updated May 22, 2013

Year at JMU:  Eighth

JMU Record:  79-45
Career Year:  13th
Career Record:  129-80
Highlights of Klaes-Bawcombe's Career
Coaching:
* NCAA Tournament (JMU 2010, 2011; Hofstra 2001)

* womenslacrosse.com National Coach of the Year (2010)
* CAA Coach of the Year (JMU 2010; Hofstra 2005)
* Virginia Coach of the Year (JMU 2010, 2011)
* CAA Champion (JMU 2010, 2011)
* CAA Tournament Runner-up (JMU 2007, 2012; Hofstra 2005, 2006)
* America East Tournament Champion (Hofstra 2001)
* Top 20 National Ranking (JMU 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Hofstra 2005, 2006)
Playing Career:
* All-America (1996, 1997)
* JMU Athletic Hall of Fame (2011)
* All-South Region (1996, 1997)

* All-CAA (1996, 1997)
* NCAA Tournament (1995, 1997)
* CAA Champion (1997)

Two-time JMU All-America Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe returned to her alma mater in 2007 to lead the Dukes' lacrosse program.

She enters her eighth season as the Dukes' head coach in 2012-13 following a four-year stretch in which JMU won two league titles in three Colonial Athletic Association championship game appearances.

Klaes-Bawcombe guided her 2010 team to a CAA championship, a number seven national ranking and the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.  Her 2010 team was her most-successful, establishing school season records for wins (17) and winning percentage (.850) and earning a number five seed (second-highest in the program's history) in the NCAA Tournament.

Her 2011 team compiled a 15-4 record en route to another CAA title and NCAA Tournament appearance and a final national ranking of 11th.

Battling injuries that sidelined two starters (including the CAA Player of the Year) late in the season, the 2012 Dukes nonetheless returned to the CAA championship match before losing a one-goal decision.

Her overall career record is 129-80 (.617).

In 2010 she was named the national Coach of the Year by womenslacrosse.com, was chosen CAA Coach of the Year and was selected to coach the South Team in the North-South All-Star Game.  She was voted Virginia Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011 by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Klaes-Bawcombe has 12 years of head coaching experience, including five at another CAA school, Hofstra. 

Six of her past nine teams (JMU in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Hofstra in 2005 and 2006) were consistently ranked in the national top 20, and six of those (JMU 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012; Hofstra 2005 and 2006) were finalists in the competitive CAA tournament.

Her 2007 JMU squad was ranked as high as fifth in the national polls and was ranked in the Top 20 every week of the season.  In 2008 the Dukes were also ranked as high as fifth in the national polls, and in 2009 JMU achieved a national ranking as high as number 16.  The 2010 team climbed as high as number seven in the national polls.

Klaes-Bawcombe's players have won all-conference honors 44 times, and she has coached recipients of three CAA Player of the Year awards, four CAA Defender of the Year honors and two CAA Rookie of the Year recognitions.  In 2010 Dukes' senior midfielder Kim Griffin was among 25 nominees for the Tewarraton Award honoring the nation's top player, and in 2011 and 2013 Casey Ancarrow was a Tewarraton Award nominee.  Dukes named to the Tewarraton Award Watch List (a preliminary list to the nominees list) under Klaes-Bawcombe include Mary Kate Lomady in 2011 and Ancarrow in 2012.

Klaes-Bawcombe was the head coach at Hofstra for five seasons and a Hofstra assistant for three years prior to assuming the head coach position.  The 2005 CAA Coach of the Year compiled a overall record of 50-35 in five seasons at Hofstra.  The Pride was CAA runner-up in 2005 and 2006 and lost to top-seeded JMU in the 2006 league championship game.

Her 2005 Hofstra squad achieved a program-best number seven national ranking.  The team's 14 victories in 2005 were the second-highest total in school history.

In her first season as Hofstra head coach in 2002 she led the Pride to a 9-8 record and a berth in the CAA Tournament.  In 2003 the Pride finished with an 8-8 mark and advanced to the CAA semifinals.  In 2004 Hofstra was ranked 20th in the final national poll and compiled an 8-8 record.

Klaes-Bawcombe's teams have consistently achieved in the classroom.  Her 2007, 2008 and 2009 JMU teams were named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Squads, a recognition given to teams with a collective grade-point average of 3.0 or above.  Since 2004, 20 of her players have won IWLCA All-Academic individual recognition.

During Klaes-Bawcombe's three seasons (1999-2001) as a Hofstra assistant, she was part of the most-successful season in school history in 2001.  That year the Pride compiled a 16-3 overall record and a 6-0 mark in America East play, won the America East championship and played in the NCAA Tournament.

Her first college coaching job was as an assistant at JMU in 1998.  That year the Dukes compiled an 11-8 record, were CAA runners-up and NCAA quarterfinalists.

As a player at JMU she was co-captain of the 1997 squad that won the CAA Tournament, and she was a member of two (1995 and 1997) NCAA Tournament teams.  During her JMU career, the Dukes compiled a overall record of 42-28, and in 1997 JMU tied a school record with 13 wins.

Klaes-Bawcombe earned first team All-America (Brine/Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) recognition as a senior and was a second-team selection as a junior (1996).  She was also a two-time All-South Region (1996, 1997) and All-CAA (1996, 1997) choice.  As a senior in 1997 she played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game, was named to the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Association All-America Team and was voted the Dukes’ most valuable player.

In her senior season in 1997 Klaes-Bawcombe set school records for career assists (71), goals by a senior (48) and season points (71) and tied the JMU season record for game-winning goals (4).  That year she ranked 11th in points per game average (3.94) and 20th in assists per game average (1.28) in NCAA Division I.

She currently ranks in the top 12 in three JMU career categories, including fifth in assists (71), ninth in points (196) and 12th in goals (125).

During her four years as a JMU player the Dukes were never ranked lower than 10th in the national coaches’ poll and were ranked as high as third nationally in 1995 and 1997.

In 2010 her playing accomplishments were honored as she was first inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Greater Baltimore chapter of US Lacrosse, then inducted into the JMU Athletic Hall of Fame.

A native of Glen Arm, Md., Klaes-Bawcombe earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science from JMU in 1997.  She holds a master's degree in physical education from Hofstra.

Her husband, Andrew Bawcombe, and her sister, Laura Klaes Tourge, are 1995 JMU graduates.  Laura is a former lacrosse player and was a two-year starter on defense for the Dukes.

The Bawcombes are parents of Otis Andrew, born in November 2008, and a daughter, Maya Ann, born in February 2012.

Klaes-Bawcombe Year by Year

Year

School

Record

CAA

CAA
Tournament

NCAA
Tournament

Final
National
Rank

2002

Hofstra

9-8

3-5

First round

 

 

2003

Hofstra

8-8

4-3

Semifinalist

 

 

2004

Hofstra

8-8

3-4

 

 

20th

2005

Hofstra

14-4

6-1

Runner-up

 

14th

2006

Hofstra

11-7

5-2

Runner-up

 

17th

2002-06

Hofstra Record

50-35

21-15

 

 

 

2007

JMU

13-5

5-2

Runner-up

 

18th

2008

JMU

7-9

3-4

 

 

 

2009

JMU

5-11

1-6

 

 

 

2010

JMU

17-3

7-0

Champion

Quarterfinals

8th

2011

JMU

15-4

6-1

Champion

Round of 16

11th

2012

JMU

11-7

6-1

Runner-up

 

 

2013

JMU

11-6

6-1

Semifinalist

 

 

2007-13

JMU Record

79-45

34-15

 

 

 

Totals

Overall Record

129-80

55-30

 

 

 

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