Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier announced the appoinitment of Nicole Moore as the head coach of the Hatters’ new women’s lacrosse program in December of 2011. “I am really excited about bringing Nicole in to be our first women’s lacrosse coach,” Altier said in 2011. “She comes very highly recommended from some of the best coaches in the country and she has an abundance of experience as an assistant coach. I believe she is ready to make this step. It is time for her to be a head coach. “I am confident that Nicole is the right choice to help Stetson University get its women’s lacrosse program off and running, and lead us into the Atlantic Sun Conference,” Altier went on to say. During the program’s first season of existence, Moore led Stetson to many milestones, including the Hatters’ first goal, tallied by freshman Melanie Fredericks in the opener against Liberty, and the team’s first win, a 19-7 victory over Kennesaw State. Stetson finished year one with an overall record of 2-14, but went 2-2 in A-Sun play, securing the third seed in the
first ever A-Sun Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Hatters fell to second seeded Detroit in the league semifinals to end the season. Under Moore’s tutelage, five freshmen earned A-Sun All-Freshman Team honors in 2013, including two - Mary Kate O’Sullivan and Danielle Horgan - who were named Second Team All-Conference. Moore came to Stetson from the University of Vermont, where she spent two seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to her time with the Catamounts, Moore spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2007-10). She worked primarily with the Owl defenders and helped guide Temple to the A-10 Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2008. “I would like to thank Jeff Altier and the rest of the Stetson Athletics Administration for the opportunity to join the Stetson family and build the Stetson Lacrosse program,” Moore said in 2011. “I would also like to thank the UVM administration for their support, and the great mentorship and support from both Bonnie Rosen (Temple) and Sandy Bridgeman (New Hampshire).