#BestOfLax: Vote for LM's Best Women's Coach of 2012
Lacrosse Magazine's "Best of Lacrosse 2012" series recognizes the players, coaches, teams and moments that shined above all others in our sport this year. We want to know what you think. Fans can vote for their favorites in 10 categories. The results of each poll will be published alongside staff selections in the December issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Voting ends Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern.
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Nominees for Best Women's Coach
Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern
Amonte Hiller won her seventh NCAA championship in six years, and earned her fifth IWLCA Division I Coach of the Year nod. The Wildcats' 2012 run made her the winningest coach in NCAA tournament history, with a 32-2 record (.938) in the postseason.
Gary Gait, Syracuse
Gait brought his alma mater within two goals of knocking off the defending champs. The Orange's 19-2 record was a program best, and under his tutelage, the offense scored 14.57 goals per game and Michelle Tumolo became Syracuse's first IWLCA Attacker of the Year. He was named the IWCLA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year.
Jen Larsen-Beck, Oregon
Larsen-Beck has been in Eugene for eight years as the Ducks' first and only coach, but 2012 was her breakout season. The Ducks won their first MPSF title and took Patriot League champ Navy to overtime in the NCAA play-in game. Oregon's wins (14) and losses (5) were program bests.
Kate Livesay, Trinity (Conn.)
Livesay's Bantams won Trinity's first NCAA Division III championship in any sport, going 21-1 and edging Salisbury 8-7 in the title game. Livesay was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time, and the IWLCA Division III Coach of the Year for the first time.
Mandee O'Leary, Florida
The Gators broke through to their first final four in 2012, and junior midifielder Brittany Dashiell became Florida's first Tewaaraton finalist. O'Leary led Florida to the ALC regular-season and conference titles. She was named the IWCLA South Regional Coach of the Year.