Sept. 4, 2012
BOSTON - Kim Hillier and Natalie Wills have been named assistant coaches of the Boston University women’s lacrosse team, head coach Liz Robertshaw announced Tuesday.
“I'm pleased to welcome Kim and Natalie to the Boston University women's lacrosse program and as the newest members of our BU Family,” said Robertshaw.
Hillier comes to BU after spending the past season as an assistant coach at Stony Brook. She helped guide the Seawolves to a record of 14-5 and an appearance in the America East Championship game. Hillier worked primarily with the Seawolves’ attackers and midfielders and also assisted with scouting, recruiting and organizing Stony Brook’s Red and White Elite Lacrosse Camps. Prior to working with the Seawolves, Hillier spent three seasons as an assistant coach and Long Island University in Brooklyn.
“Kim is one of the outstanding up and coming coaches in the game today and I am excited to welcome her energy, her passion for coaching and her lacrosse knowledge to our team,” said Robertshaw. “She’s proven herself to be one of the premier players in the game during her career, and with her unwavering work ethic, is making a name for herself in the coaching ranks.”
The 2007 graduate of Hofstra was a four-year starter for the Pride and finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in assists (82) and second in points scored (215). She was a four-time All-CAA and IWLCA All-Region honoree and a two-time All-American, earning IWLCA second team honors in 2006 and third team honors in 2007.
A member of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Silver Anniversary team in women’s lacrosse, Hillier was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2004 and helped the Pride win the 2007 CAA Championship after scoring a team-high 52 points. After graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she went on to compete for the U.S. National Team.
Hillier is a native of Farmingdale, N.Y., and previously served as the head coach of the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets (2003-08) and as the director of the Long Island Hornets lacrosse (2003-05). She was a two-time All-America selection at Farmingdale High School and helped her team to the Nassau County and Long Island championships and a spot in the New York state finals in 2002.
Wills joins Robertshaw’s staff after a four-year career at Vanderbilt University. A goalkeeper for the Commodores, Wills played in 59 games starting 57 of them, and finished her career with 426 saves. During her senior season, Wills saw action in all 16 games, making 14 starts for Vanderbilt and helped bolster team wins against top 20 teams Duke, Stanford, Boston College and Johns Hopkins. As a sophomore, Wills helped the team reach the ALC Championship and was a member of the 2009-10 U.S. National Team, where she was the youngest goalie on the roster.
“I have watched Natalie throughout her career at Vanderbilt and as a member of the US Team and having the chance to add her to our staff is exciting for me as well as our defensive unit,” said Robertshaw. “It was a priority for me to bring in someone who could work with our goaltenders and help bring their game to the next level and I feel Natalie is the right person to do it.”
The three-time SEC Academic All-American also served as the women’s club lacrosse coach for Chesapeake Lacrosse from 2009 to 2011. She worked with girls ranging from 10 to 16 years old and her duties included organizing practices and aiding the athletes in the college recruitment process.
Wills graduated from Vanderbilt in May with a degree in human and organizational development after being named to the Dean’s List for three consecutive years. The Kent Island, Md., native was an Under Armour All-American at St. Mary’s High School and was chosen to the 2008 Tewaarton High School Team. She was a two-time First-Team All-County honoree and member of the Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Team.
“I feel with the addition of Kim and Natalie we are a well-balanced staff both on and off the field,” Robertshaw said. "The team couldn’t be more excited about them and we’re looking forward to a great year.