Barton turns to Denham as its next women’s lacrosse head coach

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Regan Denham has been around developing programs at different levels of women’s college lacrosse. Now she’ll try her hand as the head coach of Barton College’s developing NCAA Division II program.

Denham, who was the architect of Liberty University’s foray into Division I lacrosse as well as NAIA Missouri Baptist College, will lead the Lady Bulldogs into their third year of existence after being named Barton’s new head coach Wednesday.

She replaces Brit Kadlowec, who resigned with two weeks remaining in the 2018 season and with a record of 6-18.

“I am excited to announce that Regan Denham has accepted the position of women’s lacrosse head coach,” Barton athletic director Todd Wilkinson said. “Finding an experienced and strong leader with an established recruiting network in the collegiate women’s lacrosse community were the attributes carrying the most weight when conducting this search. Regan checks all of these boxes at a high level.”

After starting the program at Missouri Baptist, Denham moved to Division III Springfield College for two seasons before being tapped to launch the Liberty Flames program. She was 19-48 at Liberty, exhibiting a six-match improvement from her first to second seasons.

While at Division III Gordon College for two seasons, Denham worked alongside Warren Shumate, who will lead the Barton men’s lacrosse team into its first season in 2019.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Todd Wilkinson and President Doug Searcy for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow this program,” Denham said. “I am very excited to be joining the Barton family. The college and this group of girls are incredibly special, and I cannot wait to work with them.”

Denham will take on additional duties outside of women’s lacrosse, serving as Barton’s leadership and life skills coordinator.

After missing the Conference Carolinas tournament in its inaugural season, Barton improved from one to five victories and finished 3-6 in the league, good for seventh place despite one upperclassman.

“Regan has a passion for lacrosse and understands the balance of developing a well-rounded student-athlete,” Wilkinson said. “Her coaching experience over several levels is valuable knowledge that will allow her to build a team that meets the departmental model of winning the four C’s: campus, community, classroom and competition.”