RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin has accepted the resignation of VCU Field Hockey Coach Shannon Karl. After seven years with the program, Karl has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

"I want to thank Shannon for all her hard work and dedication to VCU over the past seven years and the leadership she provided this past season as head coach," McLaughlin said. "She has left the program in a position to continue to excel and our next head coach will look to take VCU Field Hockey to new heights."

Karl spent five seasons as an assistant with the Rams before taking over the reigns as head coach this past fall. She helped orchestrate the third-best single-season turnaround in the country with 13 wins, which tied for the second most in school history. VCU reached the conference tournament in two of the past three seasons.

In addition to the on-field success of the Black & Gold, 18 of the 20 players on the roster earned a spot on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0 or higher).

Karl will relocate to the West Coast to join her fiancée, Sean.