Beardsley Joins Lacrosse Coaching Staff
BOULDER—Colorado head coach Ann Elliott Whidden announced the addition of assistant coach Nicole Beardsley to her staff on Tuesday.
Beardsley comes to the Buffaloes from the University of Massachusetts, having spent the previous season as an assistant for the Minutewomen.
"I am so excited to welcome Nicole to our staff," Whidden exclaimed. "A fellow Northwestern alum, Nicole and I share similar backgrounds having played and worked for one of the best in Kelly Amonte Hiller. Nicole brings a ton of experience to our program, from both playing and coaching at the highest level. She is extremely hard working and has a great offensive mind. We are excited for what she will add to our program as our offensive coordinator and eager for her to start working with and developing our players."
While at UMass, Beardsley worked with the team's attack and goalies. The Minutewomen went 9-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning the A10 regular season and the program's first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Beardsley helped mentor two All-American attackers in Kendra Harbinger and Kelly Marra. UMass was ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation, marking the team's highest ranking in program history. The Minutewomen concluded the season ranked No. 22 and had two players selected to the IWLCA Senior All-Start teams.
Prior to UMass, Beardsley spent three seasons as the Director of Operations at Northwestern. The Wildcats made two Final Four appearances (2019, 2021) and claimed the 2019 Big Ten Tournament championship. Northwestern finished ranked in the top 10 in all three seasons.
Beardsley graduated from Northwestern in 2018. In her four-year career, the Wildcats advanced to two Big Ten Tournament finals and made the NCAA Tournament each season. Northwestern went as far as the Elite Eight in both 2015 and 2018.
Beardsley scored a career-high 19 goals as both a junior and senior and finished with 41 goals in her 52 games. 2018 was her best statistical season, adding a career-high nine assists to give her 28 points. Over her career, Beardsley was an All-Big Ten Tournament selection, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a member of the team leadership group.
Beardsley, a native of Burnt Hills, N.Y., earned her bachelor's degree in human development and psychological services and received her master's in sport and performance psychology from the University of Western States in 2021. She also has a certificate in coaching and leadership development from Northwestern's Kellogg Executive School of Management.