Head Coach, College of William & Mary
Hillary Fratzke

Hillary Fratzke enters her third season as head coach at William and Mary, as she looks to continue helping the Tribe lacrosse program regain a place among the upper echelon of the Colonial Athletic Association.
A number of Tribe standouts have benefited from Fratzke’s tutelage during her first two seasons at the College, as seven W&M players have combined to garner nine all-conference honors. Additionally, W&M has ranked among the league’s best in multiple categories and was among the CAA’s top three in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers each of the past two seasons.

Last spring, the Tribe led the CAA in ground balls per game and draw controls per game, while it ranked third in caused turnovers per game, goals per game and shooting percentage. Additionally, the team’s 202 draw controls ranks ninth on the program’s single-season list.

The 2014 squad ranked second in the CAA in both draw controls per game (12.44) and caused turnovers per game (9.12), while its totals in both categories ranked among the top-10 on W&M’s single-season lists.

Highlighting the individual accomplishments on the field has been All-CAA standout Ellen Shaffrey, who posted the top two single-season draw controls totals in school history during the past two years. Additionally, the Charlottesville, Va., native finished her career as the program’s all-time record holder in the statistical category.

In addition to the success on the field, W&M has also excelled in the classroom during Fratzke’s tenure. En route to placing seven standouts on the 2014 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll, the squad garnered IWLCA Academic Honor Squad recognition for posting a team cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

In 2015, Ellen Shaffrey exemplified the academic success by earning a long list of impressive honors, including: IWLCA Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year; CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year; CAA Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Academic All-America At-Large Third Team; and Academic All-District 3 At-Large First Team.

Fratzke came to the College after serving as an assistant coach at Northwestern for the previous three seasons. During her time with the Wildcats, she helped the program claim back-to-back NCAA national titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as a national semifinal appearance in 2013. NU posted a 61-7 overall record during the impressive three-year stretch and earned American Lacrosse Conference championships in 2011 and 2013.

In addition to helping the Wildcats achieve tremendous success as a team, a number of individuals thrived under Fratzke’s tutelage as she mentored a pair of Lacrosse Honda Sports Award winners (Shannon Smith, Taylor Thornton) and 12 IWLCA All-Americans.

While coaching at NU, Fratzke had a lead role in coordinating all aspects of the Wildcats program, including training sessions, film study, recruiting, program operations and marketing. She also coached extensively in Northwestern’s national youth camps and clinics and served as a liaison with Northwestern Lacrosse's booster club.

Fratzke joined Northwestern’s staff after an exceptional playing career at Towson in which she earned IWLCA All-America honors three times and ranked fourth in NCAA women’s lacrosse history in draw controls (327). Additionally, Fratzke, a four-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, was a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy nominee and garnered CAA Player of the Year honors in 2008 and 2010.

A native of Centreville, Md., Fratzke played in 72 games for Towson with 70 starts. She tallied 199 goals and 63 assists during her career, both of which rank third all-time in program history, while her 262 points is second in the Tiger record book. Fratzke also sits atop the Towson career leaders in ground balls (193), draw controls (327) and caused turnovers (144).

Fratzke helped lead Towson to back-to-back CAA titles in 2008 and 2009, as the Tigers qualified for the NCAA tournament three consecutive seasons from 2008-10. She was honored in 2010 by being named to the CAA’s 25th Anniversary Team.

Fratzke recorded a point in 70 consecutive games while notching a goal in 64-straight contests, the second-longest streak in NCAA history. As a junior, she netted a career-best 62 goals and 24 assists en route to being named a first-team IWLCA All-American, the CAA Player of the Year and a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.

A CAA Scholar-Athlete and the 2010 Towson Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Fratzke is pursuing a master’s degree in biology from Towson after attaining her bachelor's degree in the same field.

Assistant Coach, College of William & Mary
Kara Mupo

Kara Mupo enters her first season as an assistant coach with the Tribe lacrosse program.
While Mupo will be instrumental with both defensive and offensive strategy, her primary responsibilities will also include recruiting, team travel arrangements and acting as the community service coordinator.

“I am so excited to have Kara join the Tribe lacrosse staff,” Fratzke said. “She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from a top program that will be so valuable to our continued success as a team both athletically and academically. Her values, drive and passion as an individual are aligned with our goals as a program and department, and we have no doubt she will make an immediate impact.”

Mupo joins the Tribe staff after a standout playing career at Northwestern in which she helped the Wildcats win a pair of national championships and advance to the Final Four on four occasions. Currently a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mupo served as a team captain at NU during her senior season and finished her collegiate career with 186 points (136g, 50a).

“I want to thank the College of William & Mary for the opportunity to be a part of the Tribe family,” Mupo said. “I could not be more excited to work hands on with both Hillary and Mary, along with the rest of the athletic department and student-athletes, in hopes to achieve our goals as a program and provide the team with a positive experience.”

In addition to her impressive resume as a player, Mupo has assisted with numerous lacrosse camps across the country during the past few years. She has also provided one-on-one instruction as a personal lacrosse trainer.

A native of Rocky Point, N.Y., Mupo earned a bachelor of science degree in human development and psychological services from NU in June 2014. She most recently earned her master’s degree in sports administration at NU.

Assistant Coach
Mike Bedford

Michael Bedford enters his first season as an assistant coach on the Tribe’s staff.

While Bedford is instrumental with both defensive and offensive strategy, his primary responsibilities include recruiting, equipment liaison and lead goal-keeping coach.

“We are so excited to welcome Mike into our staff at William & Mary,” Fratzke said at the time of Bedford’s hiring this summer. “Knowing him both personally and professionally for a few years now, I know he will be a great fit and help to continue the progress of Tribe Lacrosse. He is a passionate, knowledgeable and motivated individual who will bring great ideas to the table and work to make Tribe Lacrosse the best it can be.”

Bedford joined the Tribe staff after serving as an assistant coach at Hofstra during the past three seasons. During his tenure at HU, he helped the Pride post a perfect 6-0 conference record in 2015 en route to securing the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title.

Prior to joining Hofstra’s staff, Bedford spent a season as an assistant coach with the men’s program at Lenoir-Rhyne University where he served as the defensive coordinator and was responsible for creating and implementing defensive plans. He was also involved in recruiting, as well as scouting and game planning.

From 2011 to 2012 Bedford was an assistant coach and the defensive coordinator at Suffolk Community College in Selden, N.Y., where he had previously been a student-athlete for two seasons (2006 and 2007). While leading the defense, the Sharks finished as the regional runner-up and had the fifth-best defense in the NJCAA. As a player, he was a member of the 2006 team that reached the NJCAA National Championship game. Bedford served as team captain in 2007 and earned second team All-America honors, as well as first team all-region honors.

Bedford also has extensive club and high school coaching experience. He has worked in the Half Hollows Hills East School District as a lacrosse coach and served as an operations director with Dynamic Sports Marketing, working as a field director for various lacrosse camps, clinics and training sessions. In addition, he has worked with the Long Island Junior Lizards as a varsity assistant coach and with Team USA as an assistant to the equipment manager.

In addition to his playing career at Suffolk Community College, Bedford was a member of the 2009 National Champion LIU Post team. Professionally, he was a member of the Charlotte Copperheads in 2012 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010.

Bedford graduated with a degree in physical education from LIU Post in 2010.