• Four-time World Cup Participant
  • Two-time Tewaaraton Award Winner

Hannah Nielsen


Coach Bio

One of the most decorated athletes to play the game of lacrosse, Hannah Nielsen was announced as the second head coach in Michigan women's lacrosse history in June 2017. A four-time national champion and two-time Tewaaraton Award winner during her playing career at Northwestern, Nielsen boasts eight years of coaching experience at the Division I level. A winner at heart, Nielsen started all 88 games in her Wildcat career and registered an 85-3 record in her four seasons. Nielsen most recently spent the 2017 season as an assistant at her alma mater, Northwestern, following two seasons as an assistant at Colorado. An Adelaide, Australia, native, Nielsen continues to compete at the highest level as a member of the Australia women's national team. She has competed in four World Cups, most recently leading Australia to the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup semifinals. Nielsen earned her bachelor's degree in human development and psychological services from Northwestern in 2009. She was later inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Fun Fact

Women's lacrosse has been a varsity program at Michigan for four years

Career Highlights

  • Four-time World Cup Participant
  • 2005 World Cup Gold Medalist
  • 2017 Wold Cup All-World Team
  • Four-Time NCAA Champion
  • Two-time Tewaaraton Award Winner
  • 85-3 record as a player at Northwestern
  • 8 years of Division I coaching experience

Assistant Coaches

Ana Heneberry

Assistant Coach

Ana Heneberry joined the Michigan women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in July 2017, and works primarily with the Maize and Blue defense. Most recently, Heneberry served as an assistant coach at Boston University for three seasons (2015-17), working primarily with the Terriers’ defense. Heneberry helped BU reach the Patriot League semifinals in each of her three seasons. On an individual level, she coached the Patriot League Defender of the Year in 2017. Heneberry transitioned to Boston University after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at High Point University (2013-14). A native of Timonium, Maryland, Heneberry was a four-year standout defender at Loyola University Maryland from 2009-12. Heneberry graduated from Loyola in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a specialization in public relations and advertising.


Adam Sear

Assistant Coach

Adam Sear joined the Michigan women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2017, and works primarily with the Maize and Blue offense. The 2018 season will mark Sear’s fifth year in the collegiate ranks and ninth overall year of coaching. Most recently, Sear served as the Director of Athlete Enrichment at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, since February 2017, where he was directly responsible for the Personal Development Year program. Sear was last involved in collegiate coaching as a men’s assistant coach at Stevenson University for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He helped lead Stevenson to the Division III national championship in 2013. As a player, Sear competed for the University of Maryland for four years, helping lead the Terrapins to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition to his collegiate career, Sear has also represented his home country of Australia at the highest level, competing in the 2010 World Championships. A native of Perth, Australia, he helped lead Australia to a bronze medal.