Levy Shakes Up UNC Staff, Names Dowd First Assistant
from press release
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of North Carolina women's lacrosse coach Jenny Levy has restructured her coaching staff, naming longtime assistant Phil Barnes Director of Recruiting and hiring former Northwestern All-America Katrina Dowd as first assistant coach.
Barnes will oversee Carolina's recruiting efforts and work directly with the UNC defense and goalkeepers. Dowd replaces former assistant Jenn Cook, who was named the top assistant at Princeton last month. Dowd's duties will include coaching the offense and draws, as well as recruiting.
"I am excited about the future direction of our lacrosse program," says Levy, who completed her 17th year as the UNC head coach in 2012. "As the landscape of college athletics changes, so do the demands on coaches. It is my intention to position my staff so we can efficiently utilize individual strengths while specifically focusing on the key areas that impact future growth.
"Along with a more defined role as Director of Recruiting, Phil will continue to train our goalies and return to the defensive end," Levy continues. "The addition of Katrina Dowd to our staff brings new perspective and ideas which falls in line with our program's commitment to constantly challenge our players to reach higher levels of performance. She is an amazing player but also has the ability to teach. She is passionate about the game and helping individuals realize their potential. Katrina is a talented young coach and we are excited about her future at Carolina."
Barnes is entering his ninth season on Levy's staff and is one of the nation's most experienced assistant coaches. He is a former head coach at Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts and been on staff at Carolina since the 2005 season.
A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Dowd was a two-time first-team IWLCA All-America at Northwestern (2009, 2010), winning three NCAA championships (2007, 2008, 2009). She was the 2010 IWLCA Attacker of the Year and a Tewaaraton Award finalist, finishing the season with 110 points on 77 goals and 33 assists. She led the '09 Wildcats to their third consecutive national title, scoring a team-high 75 goals.
In her career, Dowd compiled 209 goals and 58 assists for 267 total points in 88 games. She finished her career fourth in Northwestern history in goals, and in the Top 10 in assists, ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls.
"I am fortunate to have the opportunity to join the University of North Carolina family and work with Coach Levy," Dowd says. "UNC is a premier institution and strives for excellence in academics, athletics and in the community. I am excited for what the future holds for Carolina lacrosse."
Dowd coached at Syracuse for the 2012 season, helping lead the Orange to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history. Prior to her stint at Syracuse, she coached at the University of Denver for the 2011 season.
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