The Richard Stockton College women's lacrosse team doesn't officially exist yet, but the Lady Ospreys now have a coach.

The school announced on Tuesday that New Jersey native Kim Williams will be the team's first women's lacrosse coach when the team begins intercollegiate play in the spring of 2014.

"I am honored to start the women's lacrosse program at Stockton," Williams said in a statement. "While starting a program is never an easy task, I am excited, ready and eager for this challenge."

Williams, currently an assistant coach at perennial Division III power Colby College in Maine, will assume her position at Stockton in May.

"I am thrilled," said Lonnie Folks, Stockton director of athletics and recreation. "I am very, very excited to see what coach Williams is going to be able to do here."

Folks said the buzz surrounding the program has been great. There is a women's lacrosse club already competing at the school, with about 20 active players.

"We're very excited," Folks said. "And the hope is always that you do it the right way so the student athletes can have a positive experience all the way through."

Williams, who could not be reached for comment, is a native of Long Valley, N.J., and played at West Morris High School. She was a three-time All-American in her time as a player at C.W. Post in Brookville, N.Y. During her three-year stint as an assistant at Colby, the Mules reached the NCAA quarterfinals the last two years.

"Having grown up playing high school and club lacrosse in New Jersey, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to return home and start the Stockton program in a state that I know is rich with talent," Williams said.

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