November 23, 2011

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IWLCA Announces Service Award Winners

from press release

NAPLES, Fla.
- The IWLCA has announced the recipients of the organization's service awards as well as the national assistant coaches of the year awards as the organization held its annual convention in Naples, Fla. Tracy Coyne, former head coach at Notre Dame and Rutgers, was honored with the Diane Geppi-Aikens Lifetime Achievement award. Grand Valley State's Alicia Groveston was named the recipient of the IWLCA Service Award while Quinnipiac's Danie Caro was presented the President's Cup. Michele DeJuliis (Princeton) and Barb Jordan (Gettysburg) both earned the IWLCA Assistant Coach of the Year awards.

The Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award honors lifetime achievement to the women's college game. Renamed for the former Loyola head coach who inspired the nation with her courageous battle with cancer, this year's award is presented to Tracy Coyne. Coyne has been involved with women's lacrosse for most of her adult life, and has been a head coach for 23 years at various different levels. She has coached at the DIII level, at both Denison and Roanoke College, and most recently she was the head coach at Notre Dame for 15 years, starting the program and bringing it to national prominence. In 23 seasons as a head coach, her lacrosse teams have a combined 251-115 record (.686) and have won 10-plus games in 17 of those seasons. In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Tracy served as head coach of the Canadian National Team for seven years and as an assistant coach for the United States women's lacrosse team in 1992. Tracy has developed many players throughout her career and is one of the winningest coaches of all time.

Over the years, Tracy has dedicated much time and service to the women's lacrosse game. She chaired the Brine Division III national coaches' poll and recently served as a Division I representative to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association's Board of Directors. She also has chaired the NCAA West/Midwest Regional Advisory Committee and formerly chaired the IWLCA's All-American committee.

The IWLCA Service Award is given to that individual who has committed herself to the betterment of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association during the past year. Alicia Groveston, a member of the Board of Directors, served on the North South Senior All Star committee, Communications committee, and the Collegiate Coaches/Umpires committee. Described as a "consummate volunteer" by her peers, Groveston has contributed significantly through the Lax-4-Life foundation. After being presented the idea two years ago, she has dedicated countless hours to this foundation that serves to benefit the prevention, awareness and education of adolescent suicide, including hiring an attorney, opening an account, declaring it a 501c3, and ordering t-shirts and wristbands. Through her hard work, the foundation has raised thousands of dollars. Teams from all over the country and now even high school programs are helping our cause, joining in the effort and raising money to help educate our adolescents. Without Alicia, there is no way that this wonderful organization would be off of the ground and running.

The President's Cup is awarded to that individual who has worked to promote, develop and enhance the intercollegiate women's lacrosse game during the past year. Caro, the head coach at Quinnipiac, currently serves on the Board of Directors for US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse. After having served as a member of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee for three years, Caro is finishing a two-year term as Chair of that committee. Caro also officiates high school lacrosse as a member of the Connecticut Women's Lacrosse Officials Association.

The Outstanding Assistant Coach Award recognizes an assistant women's lacrosse coach who has made a distinct impact on the success of their program demonstrated through hard work, commitment, dedication and sportsmanship. DeJuliis is in her seventh season as an assistant at Princeton and has helped the program to an 80-44 re-cord. The Tigers boast an Ivy League mark of 37-12 and have made the NCAA Tournament five of those six years, reaching the quarterfinal round all five of those seasons. In her time at Princeton, DeJuliis has coached the Tigers to 12 IWLCA All-America honors, 12 Tewaaraton nominations or appearances on the Watch List.

Jordan enters her 10th season as head field hockey coach and assistant women's lacrosse coach at Gettysburg College. As an assistant with the Bullets women's lacrosse team, Jordan has played an integral role in one of the top programs in the nation and in 2011, the team claimed its first national title. Over the last nine years with Jordan on staff, Gettysburg is 161-30, has claimed four conference championships, and has reached the NCAA tournament each year.


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