July 7, 2010

Meredith Simon Joins Cal Women's Lacrosse Staff

from press release

BERKELEY – Meredith Simon joined the California lacrosse staff as an assistant coach, head coach Theresa Sherry announced on Tuesday. Simon previously coached at Notre Dame, her alma mater, at which she earned All-America and All-Big East honors during her collegiate playing career (2001-04).

Simon coached for the past three seasons under head coach Tracy Coyne at Notre Dame. Prior to that, she coached under Missy Doherty at Towson for three years. She will work with Cal's attack and goaltenders while assisting with recruiting and day-to-day office operations.

"I’m really happy to have her here, with her experience and the levels she’s been coaching at," said Sherry, who played at Princeton when Doherty was an assistant coach for the Tigers. "I think she’s going to offer a lot to our team. Meredith has both played in the NCAAs and coached in them, so she’s competed at the highest level as a coach and as a player."

"I’ve always felt that Cal has a lot to offer and could take that next step,” Simon said. "When I was still in college, we played each other every year, either at Notre Dame or out here. And then when I was coaching at Notre Dame, we played them. I’d always felt that they were really athletic and up and coming. Now that they have Theresa and a young staff, they are energetic and are poised to raise the level of the program."

During Simon’s tenure in South Bend, Ind., Notre Dame turned in a 39-19 record, won the 2009 Big East title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three years. In that time, she helped develop All-American attack standouts – Jillian Byers and Gina Scioscia – and All-American midfielders Caitlin McKinney '08 and Shaylyn Blaney. The 2009 team set school records for goals, assists and points.

As a player at Notre Dame, the Flemington, N.J., native was the program's first, first-team IWLCA All-American in 2004. A two-time, first team all-Big East selection (2003, 2004), Simon was the 2004 Big East co-attack player of the year and was a member of the program's first two NCAA Tournament teams. She finished her career with 109 goals, 49 assists and 158 points. She currently ranks sixth in goals, eighth in assists and seventh on the all-time points list.

Simon replaces former Cal assistant Julia Southard, who had served as a member of Sherry’s staff for three years. As with Southward and Nikki Lieb, Cal’s second-year assistant coach, Simon played against Sherry and the latter’s Princeton team during their college days. The Tigers defeated the Irish, 11-5, in the 2002 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round, with Simon scoring two goals.

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