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Julie Young returns as the head coach of the Villanova women’s lacrosse team for her fifth season, after having a breakout season in 2015.
The 2015 season was one of many firsts for the program; the team qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament, senior Jackie Froccaro was named BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, and four players during 2015 were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Froccaro finished the 2015 season with 49 goals, this is fourth most in a season in program history. She also has 99 goals in her three completed seasons so far at Villanova to tie her for seventh overall.
Jessica Mucci, who Young coached for four years at Villanova, now holds the all-time assist record with 102 during her career as a Wildcat. Mucci also holds the highest amount of assists in one season with 39 during her sophomore year (2013).
Another first for the team was beating a ranked opponent in 2015. Delaware, who was national ranked #19 at the time, came to Villanova Stadium where the Wildcats handed them their first road loss of the season by a final of 11-9.
Over the last two seasons, Villanova has posted a winning record. Last year, they finished 9-7 and 4-3 in the BIG EAST. Their nine win season was the most wins since 2002.
It was a strong 12-10 victory over fellow BIG EAST team Vanderbilt in the regular season that gave the Wildcats their playoff spot. With two late goals, the first with 4:35 and the last with 0:04; both scored by Mucci and assisted by Froccaro that gave the Wildcats the lead and the win. This win guaranteed the Wildcat’s the #4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Young went to Princeton where she earned a B.A. in psychology while being a two sport athlete; playing both soccer and lacrosse.
A two-time Tigers soccer captain, three time MVP, four time All-Ivy selection, and three time Mid-Atlantic Regional All America, Young was named the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award winner during her senior year. This is awarded annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman.
During her four years on the lacrosse team, the Tigers made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, in 2000 playing in the national championship game and in 2001 the national semifinals game. She was a three-time IWLCA All America, 4-time All-Ivy selection winner, and named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. During her senior year, she was named a top five finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which is annually awarded to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player.
Following her time as a student athlete, Young played for the USA Women’s Lacrosse National Team from 2001-2004 while also being an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania starting in 2003.
During her six years at Penn, Young assisted head coach Karin Brower and helped the team to five consecutive winning seasons. During the 2007 season the team made it to the semifinals and in 2008 the national championship game in the NCAA Tournament. Young coached seven All-Americans during her time at Penn and helped coach the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in the Ivy League.
In 2008, Young took her first head coaching position at Haverford College, after her first season she was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year (2009). The following two seasons she led the team to the program’s first conference tournament. In 2010, the team set the highest single season win total in program history with 13. For the first time in 11 years during the 2011 season one of Young’s players was named to the IWLCA All-American team.
Young moved down the road to Villanova University in 2012 to take over as the head coach for the women’s lacrosse program. During her four complete seasons as a Wildcat Young has built the program into BIG EAST Tournament contenders.
Young is also active in the local lacrosse community. She is the founder of the Philly Blast Lacrosse Club and the co-director of the BaggataGirls. She was also a founding member the Philly Women’s Lacrosse League, which gives the opportunity for post-collegiate player to continue to play lacrosse.
From 2011-2013, Young served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the IWLCA.
Julie and her husband Mike have three children, Kelsey, Sydney, and Graham. They make their home in Berwyn, Pa.