Ashley Mara returns to Northwest Catholic as Head Women's Lacrosse Coach. As a 2008 graduate of NWC and a 2012 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Mara brings playing experience at the Division 1 collegiate level where she was recognized as co-captain and MVP of her team. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science where she pursued her passion in wellness for student athletes from youth to collegiate levels.
Before returning to NWC, Mara served as a strength and conditioning coach at CCSU and coached the Division 3 nationally-ranked Springfield College lacrosse team. In addition to her work at Northwest Catholic, Mara coaches lacrosse at the club level for LaxPlus and is a strength and conditioning coach at Foresi's Individualized Training in Southington, CT.
Mara is excited about the opportunity to lead NWC's lacrosse team. She said, "My passion for the well being of the whole student-athlete from a physical, mental, and faith-filled aspect is something I am excited to bring to Northwest Catholic. This school shaped who I am today, and I am fortunate to now be a role model for the students at NWC." Mara continued, "I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the Northwest Catholic family again."
Ashley Mara is clearly committed to the whole athlete, and this can be seen in her coaching philosophy. Mara exclaimed, "What an amazing privilege we have to use our God-given talents in a way that keeps our minds, bodies, and spirits healthy." Although Mara knows she's a role model for young women in sports, she also emphatically believes, "No matter what gender we are, we have this privilege to impact not only our own lives but also the lives of everyone we come in contact with through practices, games, and community service. It is a unique experience that gives all athletes an opportunity to make a difference by leading through example, ethics, and commitment."
Northwest Catholic is delighted to welcome Ashley Mara home. To learn more about Northwest Catholic Athletics, visit northwestcatholic.org.