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Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Glen Arm, Md.
Alma Mater: JMU
Graduating Year: 1997
Experience: 1 Year
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Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe, a former James Madison All-America lacrosse player, returned to her alma mater as head lacrosse coach in July 2006.

Klaes-Bawcombe (pronounced "CLAYS Baw CUMM") came to JMU from Hofstra, where she was head coach from 2002-06.  

The 1997 JMU graduate twice earned All-America (Brine/Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) honors, including first team as a senior and second team as a junior (1996).  She was also a two-time All-South Region and All-Colonial Athletic Association choice.

At Hofstra Klaes-Bawcombe was the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year and compiled a record of 50-35 in five seasons.  The Pride was CAA runner-up in 2005 and 2006 and lost 14-8 to top-seeded JMU in the 2006 league championship game, played at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.

"It is the opportunity of a lifetime for me to come back home to JMU and lead the program I loved playing and coaching for," Klaes-Bawcombe said afterbeing named the Dukes' head coach. "JMU is a special place with a rich tradition of success on and off the field.  I am extremely excited to work with the first-rate student-athletes on the team as we strive for a national championship."

Klaes-Bawcombe's Hofstra teams were consistently ranked in the national top 20 the past two seasons, including a program-best number seven ranking in 2005. The team's 14 victories in 2005 were the second-highest total in school history.

Klaes-Bawcombe spent three seasons (1999-2001) as a Hofstra assistant coach and 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.

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.  As a senior 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 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 eight in three JMU career categories, including second in assists, sixth in points (196) and eighth in goals (125).

During Klaes' four years at JMU 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.

A native of Glen Arm, Md., Klaes earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology 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.

Updated Oct. 5, 2006