September 12, 2012

Former UVA All-American Gardner Joins William and Mary Staff

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — William and Mary lacrosse head coach Brooke Ireland has announced the hiring of Julie Gardner as an assistant coach.

A 2012 graduate of the University of Virginia, Gardner was a two-time All-American and helped the Cavaliers earn NCAA Tournament bids all four years. A team captain, she garnered IWLCA All-South Region distinction twice and earned All-ACC honors during her final two season. Additionally, she was chosen to the Tewaaraton Watch List in both 2011 and 2012.

Although Gardner will be instrumental in all aspects of the Tribe program, her primary responsibilities will include recruiting, travel coordination, social media, alumni relations, practice and game day coaching.

"I am excited to have Julie join our staff this year!" Ireland said. "Not only was she an amazing player throughout her collegiate career, she has been an advocate for the sport and has been instrumental in the development of many young players seeking to play at the next level. Julie brings much more than her experience on the field, she is vibrant and has a contagious personality that instills confidence in herplayers and their desire to achieve success. We are fortunate to have her as part of our Tribe family."

In addition to her outstanding collegiate playing career, Gardner served as a coach for the SPLAX club team in Severna Park, Md., for five years. Additionally, she coached a high school team at the 2012 Brine Lacrosse Classic.

A native of Severna Park, Md., Gardner earned a degree in sociology from Virginia.

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