Lauren Gunning, who played lacrosse at UConn from 2008-11, concluded her third season as an assistant coach for the Huskies this past spring.
Gunning, who handles the offensive unit, coached attacker Grace Nolan to IWLCA All-Region First Team honors, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and garner BIG EAST Attacker of the Year accolades in 2016. Additonally, Nolan was tabbed the conference Rookie of the Year in 2015 after leading the team with 20 assists, while notching 46 points and 26 goals.
In 2015, the Huskies (11-7) reached double-digit wins for the fourth straight season in Gunning's first year on the coaching staff. Connecticut reached the Big East Finals for the first time in program history, and four UConn players were named to the All-Big East First Team. Gunning, head coach Katie Woods and assistant coach Forrest Stillwell were tabbed the 2015 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding a Connecticut team that finished top-20 nationally in three statistical categories (caused turnovers per game, assists per game and ground balls per game).
The Hunt Vally, Md. native returned to Storrs following a four-year coaching stint at the University of Cincinnati from 2011-2014. Gunning worked primarily with the Bearcats' offensive unit and spent time developing Cincinnati's goalkeepers. She also aided in the team's recruiting and scouting efforts, helping the Bearcats tie a program record with seven wins in 2013.
Prior to Cincinnati, Gunning was an assistant coach in the fall of 2011 at Iona, where she worked directly with the attack unit and assisted the head coach in running daily practices. She has participated in several camps throughout her coaching career, including Game On Lacrosse Camp at UConn, Duke Lacrosse Camp and the Triple Threat Lacrosse Camp.
Gunning tallied 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) while playing for the Huskies and she was named to the Big East All-Academic Team in each of her four seasons at Connecticut. She recorded a career-high seven goals as a senior, leading the Huskies to a 9-7 overall record in Woods' first year as head coach.
While at UConn, Gunning held an internship with women's lacrosse, as she assisted with team travel logistics and helped run the team's summer camp. She also took part in Husky Sport, volunteering each week at local elementary schools, where she promoted healthy nutrition and academic excellence.
Off the field, she has served as a product representative of deBeer/Gait Lacrosse, which sells new technology and equipment to lacrosse organizations. Gunning graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in sports management, finishing her time at Connecticut with a 3.6 cumulative GPA and Dean's list honors.