Kelly Amonte Hiller, left, the 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coach of the Year, shows off her Order of the Eagle Exemplar Medal and Academy Rosette and plaque she received from Academy Trustee and alumna, Dr. Linda K. Moore, the Senior Director of Business Administration for ESPN.

Northwestern University women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, leader of the powerhouse Wildcats program, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coach of the Year Award on 20 April 2010.

Making the presentation was Trustee Dr. Linda Moore, the Senior Director of Business Administration at ESPN, and an alumna of the Academy.

Amonte Hiller’s 2009 team went 23-0 on the way to its fifth straight NCAA championship, becoming just the second lacrosse program to accomplish that feat. Her career record is 146-25. Including the two national titles she won as an All-American at Maryland, Amonte Hiller now has been part of seven national championships.

Amonte Hiller took over when Northwestern was a club program in 2001. It didn’t take her long to make an impact. After a 5-10 record her first year, the team reached .500 the following season. In the last six seasons combined, the Wildcats have lost a total of six games.

Northwestern is again among the best teams in college lacrosse, with a 12-1 record through 13 games. The Wildcats’ only loss came to No. 2-ranked North Carolina, when Northwestern was ranked No. 1 in the country.