Kim Rocheleau's intensity during games is one of the things senior attacker Lauren Drake will miss about the former Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse coach.

Kim Rocheleau's intensity during games is one of the things senior attacker Lauren Drake will miss about the former Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse coach.

Rocheleau announced July 19 that she was resigning as coach after three seasons.

"She really got into games," said Drake, who will serve as a team captain next spring. "She'd see everything out on the field, and she'd be telling us what we had to do.

"It'll be different (next spring), but hopefully we'll find someone just as dedicated and motivated to make our program flourish like it has in the past."

During Rocheleau's tenure, the Golden Bears compiled a 49-13-1 record, won two OCC championships and reached the Division I state championship game each season. Last spring, UA finished 16-5 overall, losing to Medina 14-13 in overtime in the state final.

Rocheleau said she recently received a promotion at work and the increased hours at work made it too difficult to continue to dedicate the time she needed to the team.

"It was absolutely a tough decision," she said. "Obviously, coaching is something I'm pretty passionate about. At the same time, in order to advance in my career, I had to make that choice."

Before arriving at UA, Rocheleau was served as women's lacrosse coach and an assistant field hockey coach at Ohio Wesleyan University from 2003-07. The lacrosse team compiled a 42-17 record during her four seasons, capturing the NCAC tournament title in 2005 and making the NCAA tournament for the first time.

Rocheleau was hired at UA to replace Lynda McCandlish, who guided the Bears to a 20-2 finish and the state championship in her only season.

UA finished 16-5 in 2009, losing to Cincinnati Sycamore 7-6 in the state final, and 17-3-1 in 2010, losing to Medina 15-9 in the state final.

After losing 13 players from the 2010 team to graduation, Rocheleau said last season's run to the state final was gratifying.

"Even though we lost in the final in a heartbreaker, this past season was probably the highlight (of her tenure at UA)," she said. "I think I will miss the girls the most. The girls were great and the community and the all the families were very supportive."

To get the best out of players during practice, Drake said Rocheleau would often pit the alumni from Jones and Hastings middle schools against each another in drills.

"That got us to compete like we would have to in games," Drake said.

"She made sure everyone was having a good time and, at the same time, doing their best to keep up the tradition at Upper Arlington."

Drake said that trait is what the search committee should look for in Rocheleau's replacement.

"We need to find someone who is willing to spend a lot of time and pay a lot of attention to each individual on the team to develop their skills," Drake said. "Someone has to be willing to sacrifice a lot of time for us and come in prepare to take everything up to the next level."

"It's going to be a wonderful experience for anyone who takes this position," Rocheleau said. "Even though I had to step down in coaching at the high school level doesn't mean I am done with coaching in general. I want to do something with lacrosse in the future."