THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008
Mindy McCord named head women's lacrosse coach and director of lacrosse
April 24, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mindy McCord is starting a new era at Jacksonville University as she ushers in two new varsity sports.
McCord was named the first director of lacrosse and head women's coach at a press conference on April 24, 2008 when JU announced that it was starting men's and women's lacrosse.
"Mindy's passion for lacrosse and the experience she has in building start-up programs in Florida were quite important in our screening process," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "She has a lot of connections in the lacrosse community and everyone that we talked to during the interview process had nothing but respect for her and what she has accomplished."
McCord brings a wealth of head coaching experience to the job at Jacksonville University.
She has spent 16 seasons as a collegiate head coach and three as a high school head coach, racking up 186 wins in two sports. More impressively, her teams have earned either championships or runner-up status nine times during her 19 seasons as a head coach. McCord has recruited and developed 11 All-American selections, 23 regional All-America honorees, and four conference "Player of the Year" winners.
Her path to JU began while studying for her masters degree in counselor education at Virginia Tech. At Tech she coached the women's lacrosse club team for two years, helping them earn Division I status in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Her full-time coaching career began as a 23-year old head coach at prestigious Oberlin College in Ohio. As one of the NCAA's youngest head coaches, she hit the ground running by winning consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference lacrosse titles in 1997 and 1998.
During the 1997 season, her squad boasted an undefeated conference record (11-0) and was named North Coast Athletic Conference "Coach of the Year." The two titles were the only two champinships won by any team at Oberlin College during her four-year tenure.
She continued her career at McDaniel College as head field hockey and lacrosse coach. A native of Westminster, Md., McCord won her hometown school's first and only conference title in field hockey and remains the all-time winningest coach (61) and leader in winning percentage (.640) for one of the oldest sports at McDaniel (the school has played field hockey since 1935). For her efforts during the 2002 season, McCord was named Centennial Conference "Coach of the Year" in field hockey.
While experiencing success in field hockey, she rebuilt the lacrosse as well, leading the program to a 10-6 record in 2002 and establishing recruiting connections that has developed McDaniel to be a consistent top 25 team since her departure in 2003, in order to join her husband in Jacksonville.
With her move to the First Coast in 2004, McCord immediately began spreading her love for lacrosse in the community by building and consulting with youth leagues, high school programs and officials groups.
She took over a feldgling program at Nease High School in 2006, a team that had won only three games in its first three seasons combined. In her first season at the controls, Nease won four games and climbed to a top 20 ranking in Florida. Nease went on the win consecutive district titles and back-to-back No. 8 rankings in state during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
The 2008 season might have been the best at Nease, as they finished with a record of 13-5 and a ranking of No. 16 in the southern United States. The 32 wins at Nease are nearly 11 times as many wins as the three years prior to her arrival.
During her final season at Nease, McCord earned her 100th win as a lacrosse coach (102-73). For her efforts at Nease, Mindy has been named by her peers as US Lacrosse-Orlando's "Coach of the Year" for the state of Florida.
More importantly, since McCord moved to the Jacksonville area, the number of girls playing lacrosse has increased by more than 600% from fewer than 60 in 2004 to more than 700 presently. The high school programs have grown from two marginal programs to 13, with three ranked in the state's top 25.
McCord sits on the board of Creeks Girls Lacrosse, the areas largest girls lacrosse youth association that has more than 120 girls participating from third to eighth grade. Her camps, clinics, coaching and officiating events have helped to build a strong infra-structure for successful programs in the Jacksonville area.
McCord co-founded with her husband a national travel lacrosse club called the Lax Maniax Elite. This club has helped more than 40 young people from Florida go on to play lacrosse in college. The club program also won the 2007 Southeastern Lacrosse championship and is recognized as the leading national club in the South.
McCord has served as a selector for the U.S. national team and elite developmental squads, a national clinician and former championship college coach at two different colleges. She has experience officiating lacrosse and has worked with U.S. Lacrosse and supported their educational initiatives.
As a player, McCord has national and international playing experience. She was a four-year starter at Lynchburg (Va.) College; earning rookie of the year, team captain, all-conference, regional All-America, and North-South Senior All-Star Game honors. McCord also played while studying abroad in Australia.
Born in Westminster, Md., she attended Westminster High School where she played field hockey, lacrosse and ran track - earning honors in all three sports. In her senior year, while recovering from an ACL injury, she founded and implemented the first lacrosse club in Carroll County (Md.) for middle and high school girls.
The former Mindy Manolovich, she is married to Paul McCord - the former Director of Velocity Sports Performance and former strength and conditioning/special teams coach with the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills of the NFL, who also served as an assistant coach to his wife while at McDaniel College. He is presently owner of MCCSports, Inc., a sports marketing firm dedicated to helping young people to play sports like lacrosse.
The couple has a daughter, Taylor, who is a freshman at Bartram Trail High School and enjoys basketball and lacrosse. The family resides in St. Augustine, Fla.
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