WALTHAM, Mass. – Taylor Bastien has been selected to lead the Bentley women’s lacrosse program as its new head coach, Director of Athletics Bob DeFelice announced this afternoon.
A former standout women’s lacrosse player at Bentley, Bastien was formerly the head coach at Simmons College in Boston for two seasons. She led the program to the GNAC championship game last season in just her second season in charge.
“I am grateful to Athletic’s Director Bob DeFelice and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to return to Bentley and guide the Falcons,” Bastien said. “I had the privilege of playing for my predecessor Kerry Hausdorf McBrearty, and she has developed a strong team culture and winning mentality. Bentley students are passionate and driven, and I am excited to work with such incredible young women. I look forward to an amazing season.”
In her two seasons as the coach at Simmons, Bastien helped eight of her student-athletes receive All-GNAC honors. Last season, she guided the Sharks to the GNAC title game as the No. 6 seed, the lowest seed ever to reach that conference’s championship game. In her first season, the program achieved its highest win total in four years.
Prior to being named the head coach at Simmons, she was an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport for one year. There, she focused on developing the team’s attack, and assisted in recruiting, practice planning and designing team workouts.
As a player at Bentley, Bastien was a four-year standout who served as team captain during the 2013 season. She helped lead the program to the NE10 Championship Tournament in all four of her seasons, while she led the team in points in both 2013 and 2014. In 2012, she recorded the second most assists in a single season in program history with 42.
Bastien ranks third all-time in program history with 220 points, on 99 goals and 121 assists. The assists total is second most in program history.
Bastien graduated from Bentley in 2013 with a bachelor of science in management and a minor in sports management. She then earned her MBA from Bentley in 2014 in marketing.