August 22, 2014
Tanya Kotowicz's hiring at Central Connecticut was one of many in this summer's movements. (Marist Athletics)
Tanya Kotowicz's hiring at Central Connecticut was one of many in this summer's movements. (Marist Athletics)

Division I Women's Coaching Carousel Closes Out

by Megan Schneider | | Twitter

Within the past month, Division I women's lacrosse has welcomed five new head coaches across the country: Brooke Eubanks at Cal, Tanya Kotowicz at Central Connecticut, Jessica Morgan at George Mason, Bryana Borrelli at Siena and Alex Kahoe at St. Joseph's.

As a seasoned veteran of the Canada's senior national team, Eubanks comes to Cal as a long-time assistant from Stanford, serving as the team's offensive and recruiting coordinator. Under her direction, Stanford won four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championships with numerous top 10 rankings. Setting a program record for the most wins in a season with 16 in 2011, Eubanks continued to lead the Cardinal squad and helped develop four MPSF Players of the Year and one MPSF Rookie of the Year. That same year, Stanford was honored as an IWLCA Division I Merit Squad.

"Lacrosse is my passion," Eubanks said in a press release. "It's the game I love to play and the game I love to coach. Being fortunate enough to play lacrosse in college and in three World Cups was too short-lived. I knew early on that I wanted to be a head coach and continue enjoying this great sport. I can't imagine a better place, a better university or a better time to be a head coach than right now at Cal. I am thrilled for this opportunity, and I promise not to disappoint."

Prior to Stanford, Eubanks was an assistant at George Mason from 2006-08 and as a player, she served as team captain for the silver medal Canadian team in 2013. At James Madison, Eubanks was a four-year starter leading the Patriots to three Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships.

Kotowicz hails from Yale, where she was an assistant coach, leading the Bulldogs to the highest win total since 2008. She comes to Central Connecticut after producing the best scoring defense in the Ivy League and the 13th best nationally. Prior to Yale, she was an assistant coach at Hofstra, which made two CAA tournament appearances during her tenure. In 2009, she founded the Nick Colleluori Women's Lacrosse Classic in conjunction with the Headstrong Foundation and raised more than $140,000 over three years. Additionally, she helped two Pride athletes reach the US National Team.

"I feel fortunate to join the Central Connecticut family," said Kotowicz, who graduated from the University of Connecticut. "I am excited to work with the student-athletes and build on the foundation that exists at Central as we chase the top of the Northeast Conference."

Recent Division I Women's Coach Hires

Brooke Eubanks, Cal
Tanya Kotowicz, Central Connecticut
Jessica Morgan, George Mason
Bryana Borrelli, Siena
Alex Kahoe, St. Joseph's

Before Hofstra she was the head coach at Marist College, which saw its first NCAA Tournament play-in game in 2008, and was an assistant at Saint Mary's College and Marist. At Connecticut, she was a member of the lacrosse program for five years as a two-time captain leading the Huskies to an ECAC championship in 2005. Most recently, Kotowicz was an alternate for the German National team in 2013.

Morgan joins George Mason after spending the past four seasons as an assistant at her alma mater Virginia, where she was also an All-American as a player. She served as the recruiting and defensive coordinator, helping develop two All-Americans and two defensive All-ACC players. This past season, she led the Cavaliers to an NCAA semifinal appearance as a championship contender.

"I am incredibly excited to join George Mason Athletics and the Atlantic 10 Conference," said Morgan. "The University is situated in such a perfect location offering so much to student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom. There is great potential for this program to be nationally competitive and I look forward to leading it into a new era."

Prior to Virginia, she was the head coach at Howard. During her playing career, Morgan was a member of the 2004 NCAA championship team and helped the Cavaliers advance to the championship three times and win three ACC titles. She was the core of the Virginia defense that ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense in 2006. Morgan was also a two-time USA Development Team member.

As a former assistant at Duquesne for the past two seasons, Borrelli has now taken the reins at Siena. As the defensive coordinator and goalies coach, she led Duquesne to tie a program record of 14 wins along with a 10-game winning streak. Borrelli helped Duquesne reach the A-10 championship game in her first year. This past spring, its defense ranked 14th nationally. Borrelli has also coached a two-time A-10 Midfielder of the Year and A-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

"I could not be more excited to begin this journey here at Siena College and become a part of the Saints family," noted Borrelli. "I could not be more thrilled to lead this program to the top of the MAAC and into the NCAA Tournament. I cannot wait for the year to begin and am looking forward to helping mentor these young women to grow as student athletes both on and off the field."

Borrelli began her coaching career at Iona College, followed by a stint at New Hampshire. She graduated from Hofstra in 2010 and was a defensive leader for the Pride with 57 ground ball and 36 caused turnovers. During both her freshman and senior seasons, Hofstra captured the CAA tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after her rookie year.

A three-time All-American and ACC Goalie of the Year at Maryland, as well as a two-time NCAA Goalie of the Year, Kahoe comes to Saint Joseph's having coached at five Division I programs – Vermont, Duke, Delaware, Penn and Maryland – from 2000 to 2013. Under her tutelage, she led these teams to seven NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, four final four appearances, and the 2001 NCAA and ACC titles at Maryland. She guided four Tewaaraton winners and two players on the 2009 USA World Cup championship team. She spent the 2013 season coaching the varsity girls' program at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

"I am incredibly excited about the vision and direction of the athletic department and the women's lacrosse program," said Kahoe. "It is an exciting time to be a Hawk. St. Joe's has tremendous resources academically, athletically, and geographically, in terms of both the university and the sport. I look forward to working with this team and leading them into a new era. I am excited to work with the student-athletes and to help guide them to being the best they can be on and off the field."

Kahoe was also an assistant for the Canadian National Team, which won the silver medal in the 2013 World Cup, the first time in Canada's women's lacrosse history that the team topped Australia to qualify for the championship game. As a player, she led Maryland to five national championships and three ACC championships. From 1997-2005, she was a member of Team USA and the 2003 World Cup team, as well as the Ireland World Cup Team in 2009. Kahoe will be inducted into Maryland's Hall of Fame on Oct. 3, 2014. She also has been the co-owner and director of Fuel Lacrosse and Sports, LLC for eight years.

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