Aimee Klepacki completed her 20th season at the helm of the Western New England University women's lacrosse program in 2019.
A native of New City, N.Y., she has a 245-132 career record for a .650 winning percentage at Western New England, ranking in the top-15 among both active and all-time NCAA Division III coaches.
The 2019 Golden Bears posted a four-game winning streak in March en route to a 10-9 record overall, including 4-4 in CCC play. Western New England picked up its first CCC Tournament win since 2016 with a 25-12 triumph over Curry on the road in the quarterfinals. Individually, four Golden Bears collected All-CCC accolades, including a first team honoree in junior defender Madison Lemire. Senior attack Kristen Breen, who recorded her 100th career goal late in the season, was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Western New England's young squad in 2017 continued to show improvement in 2018, as the Golden Bears went 5-3 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action to earn the third seed in the CCC Tournament. Four of Klepacki's student-athletes earned All-CCC recognition, including senior goalie Shannon McFadden, who received her third straight All-CCC nod. Breen, sophomore Eileen Ruby, and freshman Reilly Miller were all honored by the conference for the first time following breakout campaigns.
In 2016, Klepacki guided the Golden Bears to a 12-7 record, including a 5-3 mark in CCC play. Western New England earned the fourth seed in the CCC Tournament and defeated Gordon College 16-13 in the quarterfinals.
Seven of Klepacki's student-athletes earned All-CCC recognition, including senior Taylor Scialdone, a first team selection. Scialdone was one of the most prolific scorers in all of NCAA Division III in 2016, compiling 98 points (12th nationally) with 66 goals and 32 assists. She represented the Golden Bears at the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game, and also earned All-Region recognition from the IWLCA and the ECAC.
In 2015, Western New England captured its first-ever CCC championship since joining the league in 2008. The Golden Bears achieved a 16-3 overall record and went unbeaten in CCC play (8-0) for the second year in a row, while appearing in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship for the sixth time in school history. With a first-round bye, WNE advanced to the NCAA second round for the first time ever. Klepacki earned CCC Coach of the Year honors for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall (2011 was the other season).
The Golden Bears had a record-setting season in 2014 that included a second-straight CCC regular-season title; recognition in the national rankings (by Lacrosse Magazine) for the first time ever; school benchmarks for winning percentage (.944), first unbeaten regular season (17-0), and in-season winning streak (17 games); and tying the 2008 and 2011 squads for 17 wins in a season.
The CCC's leader in won-lost percentage (.944; 17-1), points (480 on 300 goals and 180 assists), scoring margin (8.28; 300-151), scoring offense (16.67; 300), draw controls (16.22; 292) and ground balls (27.39; 493), the Golden Bears also ranked nationally fourth, fifth, seventh, seventh, 10th and 13, respectively, in those categories. Western New England also was 39th in NCAA Division III scoring defense, allowing 151 goals in 18 games for 8.39 per game.
Klepacki repeated as the CCC Coach of the Year and mentored a conference-best 10 all-CCC selections including co-Offensive Player of the Year Taylor Scialdone, who was also tabbed New England's top player for Division III by the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Western New England was picked to finish fifth in the 2013 CCC race but instead won a share of the regular season title--despite using a roster mostly of freshmen and sophomores. As a result, Klepacki was named the CCC Coach of the Year for the second time and was a national finalist for the top coach in NCAA Division III by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Infusing a talented corps of 18 freshmen and sophomores as part of a 25-player roster, Klepacki oversaw one of the greatest turnarounds in NCAA Division III history. Western New England went from 6-12 in 2012 to 15-6 in 2013 to set a school record and rank third nationally with a 7-1/2 game improvement. Western New England also tied the 2012 SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons' NCAA record of nine more wins from the previous season.
Klepacki's teams have participated in six NCAA Tournaments (2002, 2004-07, 2015) in their short 16-year history after capturing five New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) tournament titles in the 2000s and a CCC crown last spring.
In addition, many of her players have been selected to the IWLCA Academic Team over the years.
The Golden Bears also captured their first regular-season CCC title after tying Endicott for the top spot with a 10-1 record.
Western New England then finished second in the CCC Championship and won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Championship crown for the third time in four seasons.
In 2009, Western New England compiled a 13-7 record and 7-2 mark for second place in the conference.
The Golden Bears reached the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament and ended the season by capturing the ECAC Division III New England Championship for the second straight year following victories over New England College, Roger Williams and Castleton State.
Western New England compiled a 17-5 record in 2008 that was a school record for wins, breaking the old mark of 16 set in 2002. The Golden Bears placed third in the conference with an 8-2 mark in their first season in the league and reached the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Klepacki's team ended its sensational season by capturing its first-ever ECAC Division III New England Championship after defeating Castleton State, Roger Williams and Bridgewater State.
Western New England compiled a 14-6 record in 2007, which included a perfect 7-0 mark in the NEWLA in their final season in the league. The Golden Bears also captured the NEWLA Tournament crown for the fourth consecutive season after beating Norwich and Worcester State.
Klepacki led Western New England to its first ever CCC women's lacrosse title in 2015.
During its seven years in the league, Western New England won 40 of 43 NEWLA contests for a 93.0 winning percentage.
In 2006, Klepacki directed Western New England to a 13-6 record (6-0 in NEWLA) while leading her team to its third consecutive NEWLA Tournament title (and fourth in five years).
Klepacki led Western New England to a 16-2 record in 2002, which at the time was a school record for wins. Her team also placed first in the NEWLA with a perfect 6-0 mark and captured its first NEWLA Tournament title with a 15-6 victory over Bridgewater State.
Klepacki was named the NEWLA Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, and 2005.
Klepacki enjoyed a successful rookie season in 2000 as the Golden Bears posted an 11-6 record while qualifying for the program's first ECAC Division III Tournament. She served as an assistant coach under Heather Somers during the team's first varsity season in 1999.
A 1996 graduate of Springfield College where she earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education, Klepacki was a member of the women's lacrosse and swimming teams for four years. She earned a master of science in education from City College of New York, and has a teacher certification in physical education from Springfield College.
Klepacki is a 1992 graduate of Clarkstown North High School where she was captain of both the girls' lacrosse and swimming teams. She was named all-section and all-league in both sports, and was a three-year letter-winner in indoor track and field.
She previously served on the NCAA Division III Regional Advisory Committee from 2005-07 and since 2007 serves on the IWLCA Division III All-Region Committee.
Her husband John Klepacki is the men's lacrosse coach at Western New England. They are the parents of three children, Payton Noel who was born on August 27, 2003, John "Jake" Anthony born on October 22, 2004, and Callie Marie born on February 2, 2009.
Klepacki also currently serves as the aquatics director and instructor of physical education at Western New England. She is in charge of scheduling groups, pool hours, and overseeing the lifeguards as well as teaching health and physical education classes. She added responsibilities as Senior Woman Administrator in Spring 2013 and Assistant Athletics Director in Spring 2015.
The Aimee Klepacki Coaching Record (20 seasons)
|2000||11||6||.647||WNE's 1st ECAC New England Appearance|
|2001||8||7||.533||4-2/4th (NEWLA-S)||NEWLA tournament runner-up|
|2002||16||2||.889||6-0/1st||Sweep NEWLA titles, NCAA Tournament|
|2003||11||7||.611||NEWLA runner-up, ECAC New England Semis|
|2004||14||4||.778||NEWLA champions, NCAA Tournament|
|2005||11||8||.579||6-0/1st||NEWLA champions, NCAA Tournament|
|2006||13||6||.684||6-0/1st||Sweep NEWLA titles, NCAA Tournament|
|2007||14||6||.700||7-0/1st||Sweep NEWLA titles, NCAA Tournament|
|2008||17||5||.773||8-2/3rd||ECAC New England champions, CCC Semifinals|
|2009||13||7||.650||7-2/3rd||ECAC New England champions|
|2011||17||5||.773||10-1/T-1st||ECAC New England champions, CCC Finals|
|2012||6||12||.333||3-4/T-4th||Six All-CCC performers|
|2013||15||6||.714||7-1/T-1st||CCC COY, 12 all-CCC/Academic selections|
|2014||17||1||.944||8-0/1st||Best 10 All-CCC picks|
|2015||16||3||.842||8-0/1st||Sweep CCC titles, NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd.|
|2016||12||7||.632||5-3/4th||Seven All-CCC selections|
|2017||6||12||.333||3-5/6th||Three All-CCC selections|
|2018||7||11||.389||5-3/3rd||Four All-CCC selections|
|2019||10||9||.526||4-4/5th||Four All-CCC selections|
|17 titles, 6 NCAA appearances