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Julie Young returns to the Villanova sidelines for her fifth year at the helm of the Villanova women's lacrosse team in 2015-16. Young was named the eighth head coach in the history of the program on June 23rd, 2011 after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach at Haverford College.
Coach Young's fourth season was full of wild success as multiple "firsts" were reached under Young's tenure. The biggest of those accomplishments was the Wildcats first berth to the postseason in over a decade. A 12-10 victory over Vanderbilt propelled Villanova to their first ever BIG EAST Conference Tournament after program-first victories against Temple and the Commodores. Under Coach Young's guidance seniors Jackie Froccaro and Jessica Mucci became standouts in their positions as Mucci led the conference in assists while Froccaro posted the second-best goal scoring numbers and the top draw controls among the BIG EAST field.
The Wildcats finished Young's third season with their best overall record (8-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) since 2010 and the most BIG EAST wins in a season since joining the conference for women's lacrosse in 2010. Under Young's guidance junior Jessica Mucci and sophomore Chelsey Henderson were named to the ALL-BIG EAST Second Team; the third consecutive year a Cat was listed on the postseason accolades.
In her second season at the helm of the Wildcats in 2013, Young registered a 6-10 overall record and a 1-7 mark in the highly-competitive BIG EAST Conference and began to see dramatic improvement with the squad since taking over the program. After finishing the 2012 season with a 4-12 mark, Young and the Wildcats were named the fourth most improved team over the course of one season by laxpower.com and saw their RPI rise to its highest mark in seven years. It also marked the second consecutive season Young and her coaches guided a player to the All-BIG EAST ranks as Jackie Froccaro earned Second Team All-BIG EAST accolades after following the footsteps of Justine Donodeo's Second Team All-BIG EAST laurels just one year earlier.
The season also saw Villanova serve as the Host Institution for the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse National Championship where nearly 15,000 spectators came to watch the top collegiate lacrosse action in the nation over Memorial Day Weekend in front of a nationally televised audience.
In 2012 during her first year with the team, Young led the Wildcats to a 4-12 overall record and 2-6 mark in the BIG EAST and guided Justine Donodeo to Second Team All-BIG EAST laurels upon conclusion of the season.
Prior to her stint at Villanova, Young built a perennial Centennial Conference contender during her three seasons as head coach at Haverford College. In 2010 her squad went 13-5, the highest single-season wins total in the Haverford program's history, and earned the Fords' first berth in the conference tournament where they won their first round game and advanced to the semifinal. The Fords' followed that with season a 10-7 record in 2011 and featured their first IWLCA All-American since 2000 in Josie Ferri.
Young led Haverford to a 10-6 record in 2009 and her efforts earned her Centennial Conference Coach of the Year accolades.
After completing a stellar playing career at Princeton, Young was named lead assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. While at Penn, she helped head coach Karin Brower transform the Quakers, a team that had one winning record since 1983, into two-time Ivy League champions and guided the squad to an NCAA Championship finalist appearance in 2008.
Young coached seven All-Americans while at Penn and served as the program's recruiting coordinator and chief scout of Quaker opponents. Additional responsibilities included planning practices and developing game strategies that propelled the team to five consecutive winning seasons and a 73-42 overall mark.
Locally, Young is the co-founder of the Philly Women's Lacrosse League which has created opportunities for post-collegiate players to continue playing lacrosse after college. In addition, she has developed a local club lacrosse team, Philly Blast.
A dual-sport athlete at Princeton University where she earned a B.A. in psychology in 2001, Young was an eight time All-Ivy selection and earned honors in both soccer and lacrosse. As team captain in 2001, Young led head coach Chris Sailer's Tigers lacrosse team to the Ivy League championship and a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Penn's leap into the 2008 NCAA championship game was Young's second visit to the Final Four after her Princeton squad appeared in the 2000 final. A three-time Brine/IWLCA All-American ('99, '00, '01), she was a 2001 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, an awared presented to the top men's and women's collegiate lacrosse players in the nation.
A two-time Tigers soccer captain, three time team MVP ('97, '99, '00) and three time Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American in soccer ('97, '99, '00), Young was presented the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award at the culmination of her senior year at Princeton, an honor given to the University's Sportswoman of the Year.
Julie and her husband Mike have three children, Kelsey, Sydney and Graham. They make their home in Havertown, Pa.