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Former Women’s Lacrosse Player Bulman Named BCC Head Coach
Recent graduate becomes just the second coach in program history
August 13, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton women’s lacrosse player Casey Bulman was recently named the Broome Community College head women’s lacrosse coach. The Hornets, who compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), hired Bulman as it third head coach in program history in mid-July. Bulman replaces Ed Yetsko, who led the program for the past four seasons.
Bulman, a four-year letterwinner from nearby Vestal, N.Y., played in over 60 games for the Bearcats, scoring 20 goals during her career. A three-year starter at midfield, Bulman corralled 43 ground balls, 42 draw controls and caused 30 turnovers while at Binghamton. Bulman graduated this past May with a degree in human development.
Newly promoted Binghamton head women’s lacrosse coach Stephanie Allen can relate to the thrill for Bulman, “I am very excited for Casey and the opportunity to be a head coach. Her strong work ethic and passion for the game will prove to be a great foundation formaturing the program at Broome.”
The first-year head coach will inherit a team that went 5-7 in 2013 and has compiled a 19-32 record over the last four years. The Hornets compete in the NJCAA Region III Mid-State Athletic Conference along with Cayuga CC, Corning CC, Finger Lakes CC, Jefferson CC, Tompkins-Cortland CC and two-time NJCAA National Champions Onondaga CC. Broome Community College began its women’s lacrosse program in 2008 led by Dave Bollinger. Yetsko was Bollinger’s assistant during the programs first two seasons and took over as head coach in 2010.
Bulman previously coached the Broome County Grogger’s Club Team with Allen. “Growing the game, particularly in her hometown, is something Casey has always been eager to do,” Allen noted. “I know she will do a tremendous job of mentoring and developing the student-athletes in BCC’s women’s lacrosse program.”
Following her appointment we took some time to talk to Casey about the opportunity to be a head coach at a young age.
What made you apply for the BCC women’s lacrosse head coaching position?
I applied for the position because I’ve always wanted to coach lacrosse. I love the game and now that I’m not playing anymore I still want to be around it and I want to share everything I’ve learned about lacrosse. I love developing athletes and helping them grow and improve as players.
Do you have any prior experience coaching?
I was an assistant on Coach Allen’s girls travel lacrosse team. I’ve also given a number of individual coaching lessons to girls over the past few years. I’ll also be coaching a local club team called ‘Team 607’.
What is the first thing you are going to do as the new head coach?
I’m going to start recruiting girls for the team, since it’s a two-year school the team graduated a lot of seniors and there are several positions to fill.
What excites you about your first head coaching position?
I’m excited about having my own team and watching the players grow. I can’t wait until we start playing games in the spring; I’m really excited for that.
How did playing Division I lacrosse prepare you for your first job a few months after graduation?
Playing at the highest level of lacrosse exposed me to a greater skill level and gave me a better knowledge of the game. I learned almost everything I know about lacrosse from Coach Allen. She was my travel team coach and then coached me in college. Coach Allen was also very influential in preparing me for my job interview, which played a huge role in landing the job.
You’re from Vestal, played college lacrosse at Binghamton and are now coaching at BCC. What do you like best about your hometown and the Greater Binghamton community?
The majority of my family and friends are here. It’s a close-knit community and everywhere I go I run into someone I know, so it’s nice to feel a part of the community.
Who has influenced you most in wanting to be a coach?
Coach Allen has been the biggest influence on me. I’ve always wanted to coach and seeing how passionate she is about coaching has inspired me to go for it.
What are your goals as the new head coach at BCC?
My goal is to have a winning record and become one of the top ranked teams in the NJCAA.
What style of play will you implement both offensively and defensively?
I’m going to model our style of play after what I’ve learned at BU with some modifications here and there.
What do you love most about the game of lacrosse?
I love that a game is never over until the clock runs out. The score can change dramatically in a matter of minutes and that’s such a rush. Any team can win at any point in the game and I love that.
What values will you look for in a student-athlete?
I’ll look for girls that are responsible, respectful, and love to play lacrosse.
What will be your coaching philosophy or who/what will you model it after?
‘Head, heart, and hustle.’ I plan on modeling my coaching style after Coach Allen, I loved playing for her.
Bulman takes over a team that will return just three players as she begins her first year guiding the BCC women’s lacrosse program. Her first order of business, as she noted above, will be replacing the nine players who have graduated from Broome. Having a solid knowledge of the area and the club teams will certainly help Bulman fill the void left by the exited players.