TOWSON, Md., Oct. 10, 2013 – In 2010, James Madison lacrosse head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe was inducted into the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame and the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Hall of Fame. She recently added a third honor to her resume when she was inducted into the Loch Raven High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
“I feel grateful that Loch Raven has honored me this way,” Klaes-Bawcombe acknowledged. “I always talk to my athletes about the importance of leaving a legacy, and this award makes me feel like I did that. I made a mark on Loch Raven, just like it left a mark on me. I feel tremendous pride in this accomplishment because of how strong the athletic program is/was and how many other talented athletes have come through the doors of Loch Raven High. I am flattered that I am considered one of the best.”
A 1993 graduate of Loch Raven H.S., Klaes-Bawcombe was a four-year letterwinner for the Raiders in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She began on the varsity soccer and basketball squads as a freshman, and she joined the varsity lacrosse squad during postseason play of her freshman year.
“Loch Raven was my starting point for developing all my core values as a person, coach and educator,” Klaes-Bawcombe remembered. “I gained tremendous confidence and competitiveness participating in a strong athletic environment. I also developed some of the strongest friendships a person could want and have. I still keep in touch with many of my former teammates, and they are my closest friends today.”
After high school, Klaes-Bawcombe went on to be a two-time All-America lacrosse player at JMU (1996, 1997) where she helped lead the Dukes to two NCAA tournament berths (1995, 1997) and a Colonial Athletic Association championship (1997).
Following her graduation from JMU, she spent the 1998 season as an assistant coach on the JMU sideline before three years as an assistant coach at Hofstra. In 2002, Klaes-Bawcombe became the head coach of the Pride and led them to a 50-35 record over the next five seasons.
Klaes-Bawcombe returned to her alma mater for the 2007 season and has remained at the helm ever since, compiling a 79-45 record and amassing two CAA championships (2010, 2011) and two NCAA tournament appearances (2010, 2011).