May 22, 2012
Bowen Holden will not return as Boston College women's lacrosse coach after seven seasons directing the Eagles.
"We appreciate Bowen's efforts to build our program over the course of the past seven seasons, and we wish her the best for the future," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said.
Holden departs BC with a 64-60 (.516) record. In 2012, she led BC to a 10-8 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the ACC. Her streak of three consecutive winning seasons is the most in school history, and, since BC joined the ACC, the 2012 senior class departs as the winningest class ever with a .577 winning percentage. The 2012 squad was also ranked in the top 20 nationally throughout the entire season, another first for the program. Additionally, Holden coached three All-ACC honorees, including the first 4-time honoree in ACC and BC history. BC was the only ACC school with two freshmen honorees and the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year.
Holden's 2011 team finished 12-7, tying the program record for most wins in a season (set the previous year). The Eagles advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals after winning the quarterfinal game by the largest margin of victory in ACC Tournament history. The 2011 team also earned a milestone win over seventh-ranked UVA and ultimately earned its first NCAA Tournament bid in program history and faced eventual national champion Northwestern in the first round, losing 11-8, which was the closest first round game the Wildcats had experienced in seven years. Holden led the 2011 BC squad to its highest Division 1 national ranking at the time, as the team moved to No. 9 during the week of April 26. The team finished the season ranked 11th.
The 2010 squad earned the program's first-ever Division 1 national ranking, going as high as 17th in the country. Several games marked highlights for the team, including an ACC win against Virginia Tech and a win over cross-town rival Boston University for the first time ever on BU's home field. In 2009, BC completed its first winning season under Holden with a 9-8 record (9-9 overall). Five of the team's opponents were ranked in the top 10-15 in the country throughout the entire season. Holden also led the Eagles to a win over seventh-ranked North Carolina in 2008, which was then the highest ranked team BC had ever beaten and was the first-ever win over UNC.
Over the last five years Holden has also recruited many of the top high school student-athletes in the country. Three of the last five recruiting classes have been ranked in the top 10 in the country, and the class of 2015 includes the No. 2 and No. 3 recruits in the nation. Holden's teams have also excelled in the classroom as each team during her seven-year tenure has been named an IWLCA Academic Squad for maintaining an average 3.0 team GPA or higher. She also coached numerous IWLCA Academic Honor Roll members and All-ACC Academic Squad selections. BC's first-ever first- and second-team national All-Americans, as well as BC's first Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, were mentored by Holden, and annually the Eagles landed multiple Regional All-American awards.
Prior to arriving at BC, Holden was the associate head coach at Georgetown University in 2004 and an assistant for the previous three years, helping to guide the Hoyas to two national championship appearances and four trips to the NCAA tournament. Holden is a 2001 graduate of Georgetown University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in physics, while guiding the Hoyas to their first national championship appearance in 2001. Additionally, she was named a first-team National All-American, the Goalkeeper of the Year and received Georgetown's Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete award given annually to the male or female athlete succeeding in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. She also was a former member of the US National Team and is currently an assistant coach with Team USA. Holden also completed a Master's degree from Georgetown's Public Policy Institute. Holden played lacrosse for one year at Bowdoin College in 1998 where she earned second-team regional All-America honors and team MVP as a freshman. She is a native of Lincoln, Mass., and she and her husband have three children.