Munday named coach of USC lacrosse
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsey Munday, an All-World member of the U.S. Lacrosse women’s national team who helped lead Northwestern to five NCAA championships as a player and assistant coach, has been named the head coach of the new USC women’s lacrosse team, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden said.
Last month, USC announced that women’s lacrosse will be added to the athletic program beginning in the 2012-13 season, becoming the 21st NCAA sport--and 12th women’s sport--sponsored by the university.
"It was imperative that we hire a coach with the energy, experience and plan to build a premier women’s lacrosse program,” said Haden. “Lindsey Munday embodies all that we are looking for as we take on this exciting endeavor. Her background both as an elite player and an elite coach who has been part of five national championships is a perfect match for a program that we hope will soon play at a championship level. From President Max Nikias and throughout the entire university, we will support Lindsey and her program with all of the resources and support necessary to compete at the highest level. We welcome Lindsey to the Trojan Family with open arms."
Added USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson, the department’s administrator who oversees the sport: "It was obvious after a national search with many qualified candidates that Lindsey was the clear choice to build and lead our women's lacrosse program to prominence. Her national championship experience at Northwestern both as a player and as a coach and her current status as a player on the United States national team has provided her with a wealth of experience that she is now ready to bring to USC. Her confidence and energy were apparent and she is no doubt ready to aggressively recruit from coast to coast and develop premier student-athletes that will perform well on the field and in the classroom. Her vision to build an all-encompassing program will fit in well with our many other championship-caliber programs."
Munday, 26, comes to USC after serving as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s University, an NCAA Division I program in Maryland, since Aug. 30, 2010.
Before that, she was the top assistant at her alma mater, Northwestern, for four years (2007-10). She served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coach, and helped with scouting opponents. Northwestern was 85-4 during her tenure, including 23-0 in 2009, and the Wildcats won the NCAA title in 2007, 2008 and 2009 while advancing to the NCAA championship game in 2010. She helped coach a number of All-Americans, including Tewaaraton Trophy winners Kristen Kjellman and Hannah Nielsen and Tewaaraton finalist Katrina Dowd.