Maura Conant is in her fifth year as the head women's lacrosse coach at Franciscan University. Conant has been with the program since it's inception in 2012, and was the the inaugural head coach for the 2013 season.
During her tenure, the Lady Barons are 14-41 after posting the program’s best record of 8-5 for the 2016 season. FUS has improved on their win total each season. Conant has guided the women's lacrosse team to four-straight IWLCA team academic awards and nine individual honors.
Last year, Franciscan posted its best season in its short four-year history. The Lady Barons finished the year 8-5, including a seven-game winning streak spanning the middle of the season. FUS averaged 8.85 goals per game and posted 115 goals. Franciscan saw its first 100-goal scorer in Tracy McClelland, who finished her career with 115 goals and 19 assists.
In 2015, the Lady Barons scored 129 goals, the best single-season total for FUS.
Conant grew up in Stirling, N.J., and played field hockey for four years during high school. While attending The County College at Morris in New Jersey, she taught physical education for grades K-12 from 2005-2008 at Koinonia Academy in Plainfield, N.J. In 2006, Conant established two girls’ club field hockey teams at the academy, and coached them for two years.
Conant transferred Franciscan University in 2008 and, earning a BA in history and MA in counseling.
Conant is also a coach with True Lacrosse Pittsburgh, a Pittsburgh area youth and high school club lacrosse program.