In a testament to the impact she has had beyond her sport, Northwestern women's lacrosse head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller has been named a member of Crain's Chicago Business' 2013 class of "40 Under 40" honorees. The annual honor roll, released on December 1, recognizes the most noteworthy and accomplished Chicagoland leaders from across all sectors of business and industry.
Crain's first launched its annual "40 Under 40" feature in 1989 and since then has recognized nearly 1,000 up-and-coming Chicagoans who have earned the title, including Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Rahm Emanuel (GC85), and Billy Corgan.
Amonte Hiller's on-field success since re-instating the Wildcats women's lacrosse program in time for the 2002 season speaks for itself: a run of seven NCAA championships in eight years between 2005 and 2012, five National Coach of the Year honors and four different players coached to National Player of the Year accolades.
But it is Amonte Hiller's lead role in growing lacrosse in Chicagoland and beyond that contributed to her selection to this year's Crain's "40 Under 40" list. Capitalizing on the exposure that has accompanied her program's run of championships, Amonte Hiller actively promotes women's lacrosse at the local level through her involvement in youth leagues and camps, coaching clinics, speaking engagements, and efforts to increase the game's TV visibility.
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