Lauri Kenis joined the Maryland staff as an assistant coach in July 2007. Kenis, who was an assistant at Maryland in 2004 and 2005, was a two-time consensus first team All-American defender at Virginia.
Known as a defensive maestro nationally, Kenis's units helped the Terps boast six consecutive ACC titles. Kenis well help lead the Terps as they begin a new chapter in the Big Ten. Maryland is coming off the 2014 NCAA Championship, and Kenis' defense featured the IWLCA Defender of the Year Megan Douty.
Iliana Sanza was named IWLCA National Defender of the Year in 2012 and newcomer Alice Mercer was an all-region pick in 2013 as only a rookie.
Kenis had Maryland's tenacious defense running on all cylinders again in 2011. Senior defender Katie Gallagher, an IWLCA Second Team All-American, led a defensive unit which surrendered a mere 6.78 goals per game. The Terps repeated as ACC champions for the third-straight season and also made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four.
Kenis has played an integral role in recruiting some of the best talent in the nation and across the globe to Maryland. Her efforts fully came to fruition in 2010 when the Terps hoisted the national championship trophy for the first time since 2001. Reese was named IWLCA National Coach of the Year as well as being tabbed the ACC's top coach for the second consecutive season. Kenis also helped mentor Karissa Taylor, who was named IWLCA National Defender of the Year, as the Terps racked up a sturdy sub-7 goals against average.
In 2008 and 2009, the Terps went a stellar 39-4, landing in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2008 and the Final Four in 2009. Maryland captured the ACC Championship in 2009.
As an assistant at Denver, the Pioneers went 16-3 in 2007 and ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 8.86 goals per game. The Pioneers also ranked 17th in caused turnovers per game. In 2006, Kenis' Pioneer defense ranked 13th in the country allowing 8.65 goals per outing as they went 15-5 under Reese who was head coach there for three years.
Kenis aided the Terrapins to a 27-12 record and a pair of NCAA appearances in her first stint as an assistant coach in 2004 and 2005 under Cindy Timchal. In 2004, Kenis guided one of the top defenses in the nation as the Terps allowed just 7.90 goals per game which was tops in the ACC and fifth in the nation. In 2005, the Maryland defense again held opponents under 10 goals per game as it allowed 9.21 per outing.
As a student-athlete, Kenis helped the Virginia Cavaliers to a pair of NCAA finals appearances and also led them to two berths in the ACC finals. The four-year letterwinner was a two-time all-conference honoree while earning NCAA and ACC All-Tournament accolades.
Kenis ranks third all-time in Virginia history with 107 caused turnovers and started every game in her final two seasons in Charlottesville. She was a two-time member of the Virginia All-State team and ranked second on the team in ground balls and caused turnovers in her junior and senior seasons.