Women’s Lacrosse: Myers to be inducted into IWLCA Hall of Fame

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The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association has selected three coaches for induction into the association’s Hall of Fame class for 2024.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in November during the IWLCA Convention at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The esteemed class of 2024 for the IWLCA Hall of Fame includes former University of Virginia head coach Julie Myers, alongside current head coaches Ginny Martino of West Chester University and Jim Nestor of Salisbury University.

Mandee O’Leary, head coach of the University of Florida, serves as the chair of the IWLCA Hall of Fame committee responsible for evaluating candidates and selecting the deserving honorees.

This illustrious group of coaches represents the pinnacle of achievement in women’s lacrosse, and their induction into the Hall of Fame is a testament to their exceptional contributions to the sport.

During her tenure as head coach at the University of Virginia, Julie Myers amassed a remarkable record of 349-181 (.658), solidifying her as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division I women’s collegiate lacrosse history.

Her win total ranks fifth overall in NCAA Division I and 11th across all NCAA divisions. Over her 28 years at the helm of the UVA program, Myers consistently led her teams to postseason success, with the exception of 2020 when NCAA spring championships were canceled due to the pandemic.

Under her guidance, the Cavaliers clinched the NCAA Division I Championship in 2004 and finished as national runners-up six times. Additionally, the Cavaliers secured five ACC championships, further demonstrating Myers’ impact on the program’s success.

Myers also earned her recognition as the IWLCA Coach of the Year in ‘04. Throughout her illustrious career, she coached over 35 All-Americans, multiple Players of the Year at both conference and national levels and cultivated more than a dozen members of the US national team.

“I am deeply humbled by this incredible honor and filled with joy to be inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame alongside Ginny, Jim, and the other esteemed members who came before us,” Myers said. “Lacrosse, the IWLCA, and the University of Virginia have enriched my life in countless ways, and this recognition serves as yet another testament to the profound gifts and experiences our sport has bestowed upon me.

“While my days of recruiting, meetings, practices, and games may have come to a close, the memories I’ve forged with the many remarkable individuals I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with will endure forever. I am eternally grateful, immensely proud, and forever inspired by the countless people I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with, learn from, and compete against throughout my journey.”