Former William Smith College Head Lacrosse Coach Pat Genovese P’01, P’03, P’05, P’08 is one of three coaches elected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The class will be formally enshrined during an induction ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the IWLCA Annual Meetings at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Genovese will be feted along with former Penn State Head Coach Gillian Rattray and Sue Tyler, who led the women’s lacrosse teams at both Cornell and Maryland. The trio will be the second class of inductees into the IWLCA Hall of Fame.
“This is great recognition for a wonderful coach, educator and mentor,” William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward said. “Pat was a positive influence on and a tremendous role model for generations of William Smith women. She embodied the HWS ethos to educate students to lead lives of consequence.”
Genovese led the William Smith lacrosse team from its inception in 1971 through her retirement from coaching in 2012. In 39 seasons, she compiled a record of 385-158-1 for an exceptional .709 winning percentage. At the time of her retirement, only one person in Division III women’s lacrosse had more career wins. Today, Genovese is fifth on the DIII all-time wins list.
Genovese guided the Herons to 18 postseason bids, including 16 NCAA Championship invitations that resulted in 11 trips to the national semifinals and five NCAA championship game appearances. Her teams also won a pair of ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championships and 10 NYSWCAA titles.
From 1991 to 2004, Genovese’s teams were among the most dominant in the game. Her Herons never lost more than three games in any of those 14 seasons, amassing 207 wins against just 27 losses. William Smith made 14 consecutive postseason appearances, including four straight NCAA title games between 1992 and 1995.
In her role as coach, educator and mentor, Genovese oversaw the development of 94 All-Americans and seven national players of the year. She also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team.
The three-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year has an impressive resume that includes induction into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, the Rochester/Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Heron Hall of Honor, the Cortland “C” Club Hall of Fame, and the Green Mountain College Hall of Fame. Genovese was also named the IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year three times, the NYSWCAA Coach of the Year three times and was chosen to coach in the annual North-South Senior Game three times. She also earned a pair of Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year awards as well as two NYSWCAA Service Awards.
In addition to her lacrosse coaching career, Genovese also served as the William Smith head coach of field hockey (1971-87) and basketball (1971-77). In field hockey, she compiled a record of 123-98-5, leading the Herons to the 1987 NCAA Championship game and a pair of state championships. On the hardwood, Genovese was 26-35, including a 7-1 mark in 1971-72 which set the program standard for winning percentage (.875) that stood for 22 seasons.