Former Notre Dame Coach Tracy Coyne To Lead W&J Women’s Lacrosse
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Former University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Coach Tracy Coyne has been named as head coach of the Washington & Jefferson College women’s lacrosse team announced Director of Athletics Bill Dukett on Wednesday.
As the first varsity head coach in Notre Dame history, Coyne led the Fighting Irish to national prominence during her 15 years. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Division I Final Four in 2006 and won its first Big East Conference title in 2009. In all, Coyne guided the Irish to six NCAA Tournament appearances during her final 10 years in South Bend.
The 2006 WLCA National and three-time Big East Coach of the Year guided the biggest turnaround in NCAA women’s lacrosse history in 2006 when the Fighting Irish went 15-4 following a three-victory season the prior year.
A Pittsburgh native and a Bishop Canevin High School graduate, Coyne developed Irish first-team IWLCA All-Americans Jackie Doherty in 2010 and 2011, Jillian Byers in 2009, Shannon Burke in 2009, Caitlin McKinney in 2008, Crysti Foote in 2006 and Meredith Simon in 2004 -- among 14 Irish players who received All-America honors a combined 23 times. Foote was the IWLCA national attack player of the year in 2006.
“We are pleased to add Coach Coyne to our coaching staff,” said Dukett. “With her proven record and experience, we believe she will be a great addition, not only to just our women’s lacrosse program, but our entire athletic staff.”
In 2011, Coyne was selected as the recipient of the IWLCA’s Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award which honors lifetime achievement to the women’s college game. The award is named for the former Loyola head coach who inspired the nation with her courageous battle with cancer.
Prior to her arriving at Notre Dame, Coyne spent nine years coaching in NCAA Division III, seven as head coach Roanoke College (1990-96) and two at Denison University (1988-89). She spent the 2012 season as an assistant with the Duquesne University women’s lacrosse team.
In 24 seasons as a head coach, her lacrosse teams have a combined 261-124 record (.678), including 18 seasons of 10-plus wins. Coyne also owns international coaching experience, as she headed the Canadian National Team from 1999-2005, which included appearances in the 2001 and 2005 World Cups, and also served as an assistant for the United States women’s lacrosse team in 1992.
At Roanoke, Coyne’s lacrosse teams compiled a 91-21 record. She led her squads to the NCAA Division III Tournament five times, with her 1992 and 1990 teams making appearances in the national semifinals. Under Coyne, the 1990 Division III Coach of the Year, the Maroons won five conference championships, including three-straight from 1994-96. Coyne’s teams produced 22 All-Americans, including 12 first-team selections.
Coyne served as head lacrosse coach at Denison prior to taking over at Roanoke. In two seasons with the Big Red, her teams compiled a 23-5 record and won back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference titles.
Coyne earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Ohio University in 1983, where she was a lacrosse letter winner.
Coyne received her master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University (Fla.) in 1985 before working as an administrative assistant at the University of Pittsburgh as well as an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at Sewickley Academy.