Head coach of the UMass women's lacrosse team, Angela McMahon has built the Minutewomen into one of the premier programs in the Atlantic 10 and in New England. During her tenure as head coach, McMahon has five-times been named the A-10 Coach of the Year after leading UMass to six Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles and six berths to the NCAA Tournament.
McMahon's career started quickly with the Minutewomen as she posted the best record for any coach in NCAA history during their first three years with a program at 54-8 overall. With 17-or-more wins each year at UMass, McMahon sports an impressive 111-14 (.892) record leading the Minutewomen. The 111 wins during her six years at UMass makes the Minutewomen the second-most winningest NCAA program during that time span behind only Maryland. Her win total with the Minutewomen after the 2016 season also makes her the winningest coach in program history surpassing the legendary Hall of Fame coach Pam Hixon who originally set the program wins record (91) from 1979-1987. She stands 130-42 (.733) overall as a head coach which includes her time at UMass, UConn, and Bentley.
Under her tutelage, UMass players have received high honors from the Atlantic 10 and the IWLCA. McMahon and the women's lacrosse program have produced six Offensive Players of the Year (Jackie Lyons; Katie Ferris - three times; Erika Eipp - twice), two Defensive Players of the Year (Katie Florence, Rachel Vallarelli, Kate Farnham), a Midfielder of the Year (Hannah Murphy - twice), a Rookie of the Year (Ferris) and a Student-Athlete of the Year (Riley Perry). All told, 47 players have earned All-Conference accolades, while 13 were presented All-Academic honors. Five players have earned All-America status (Ferris, Lyons, Kelsey McGovern, Eipp, Murphy), while 27 have been tabbed to the IWLCA All-Northeast Regional teams. On four occasions, UMass produced a program-high five All-Region First Team picks following the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.
Through her first nine years at the helm, UMass has been one of the top offensive and defensive units in the country. The Minutewomen have been ranked in the Top 8 nationally in points, the Top 5 in scoring offense, the Top 11 in scoring defense and the Top 4 in win percentage in five of those years. Her 2012 squad led the entire nation in points with 491, while the 2015 addition finished as the No. 2 scoring defense nationally. In 2016, UMass ranked third in scoring offense, ninth in scoring defense and fifth in scoring margin. Additionally, the program has been ranked among the Top 10 in RPI during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons.
Entering 2017, McMahon's Minutewomen will put a 59-game win streak against Atlantic 10 opponents on the line. That includes a 45-game win streak during regular-season league play which is an NCAA record. UMass also holds a 22-game home win streak which is the fourth-longest mark in NCAA history. The Minutewomen also hold the third-longest home win streak with 31 wins at McGuirk Stadium between 2011 and 2014. Since taking over as head coach, McMahon has guided UMass to an impressive 55 wins in 58 home contests since 2011.
Prior to taking over at UConn and UMass, McMahon also served as the head coach at Division II Bentley in 2006. She guided the Falcons to a 7-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Northeast 10 Conference. At Bentley, she also served as a member of the Division II North Regional Lacrosse Committee. McMahon began her collegiate lacrosse career at UMass before transferring to Northwestern in 2001 to help rebuild a program that had been dormant for the previous 11 years. She spent three seasons with the Wildcats on attack where she finished her career with 44 goals and 23 assists.
She was a two-time tri-captain of the squad that advanced to the 2004 NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since the program reclaimed varsity status in 2002 and helped build the foundation for each of Northwestern's four consecutive national titles. In her senior season, she earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honors and the Northwestern Scholastic Achievement Award.
McMahon graduated from Northwestern in 2004 with a degree in communication studies. She added a masters degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University in 2012. She married Justin Serpone in the summer of 2009 and resides in Hadley, Mass. Serpone is the head coach of men's soccer at Amherst College. The two had their first daughter, Lily, in 2011; son, Tyson, in 2013; and welcomed their second daughter, Annabelle, in 2016.