Debbie Windett, a long-time respected high school coach in Delaware, has been named the head women's lacrosse coach at Wesley College.
"We are very exciting to get the coach who we felt was the best person for the job," Wesley College athletic director Mike Drass said of the hiring. "With her wealth of experience and success, we feel she can turn the program into a contender in the Capital Athletic Conference."
Windett inherits a team that went 7-9 last season, but has not had a winning season since 2003. The cupboard is not bare, however. All-CAC pick Brooke Bennett (Milton, Del./Cape Henlopen) leads a cast of 10 returning student-athletes, including six starters from a team that set or tied 14 school records a year ago.
Windett comes to the Wolverines after building the program at Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware from the ground up. She started the program in 1998 and by 2004 had led the Riders to an appearance in the DIAA Championship game. Windett has also served on the DIAA Lacrosse State Tournament Committee since 1998 and took over as the chairperson in 2001. In 2008, she was named to the National Federation of High School Sports Lacrosse Rules Committee.
In addition to her success on the lacrosse field, Windett has also been one of Delaware's most successful high school field hockey coaches, winning her 300th game in 2008. She led Caesar Rodney to the DIAA Championship game in 2004, winning her fourth Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year Award in the process. Windett has also served on the DIAA Field Hockey State Tournament Committee since 1980. After moving to St. Thomas More to coach field hockey in 2007, she was selected as the Diamond State Conference Coach of the Year in 2008.
Prior to her time at Caesar Rodney, Windett served as the field hockey coach at Sussex Central High School, where she was chosen for the Hall of Fame in 1998.
Windett was also named to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Selection Committee in 2009. She is also active with the Special Olympics and the American Heart Association.
As student-athlete, Windett was a three-sport standout in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Bridgewater College in Virginia, gaining induction into the school's Hall of Fame in 2004. A winner of Bridgewater's Sportsmanship Award, she graduated in 1976 with a degree in Physical Education and Driver's Education.