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Mindy McCord is entering her fifth season as the head coach of the women's lacrosse team and has compiled a record of 50-26 in her first four years with the Dolphins. Overall, this is her 24th season as a coach at the high school or college level.
As the first-ever coach for the women's lacrosse program, McCord has quickly led the Dolphins to three consecutive conference championships in the Atlantic Sun and National Lacrosse Conferences and an NCAA playoff appearance. Directing the Dolphins to a 13-6 record, the team was ranked first in the NCAA in scoring (15.86 goals per game), caused turnovers (11+ per game) and ground balls (25+ per game). In four seasons as head coach, the Dolphins have earned ten NCAA statistical championships and one individual statistical title (Rachel Hannon, Draw Control). JU has set the standard for offensive success during that time leading the nation in scoring for three consecutive years, averaging 16.74 goals per game.
To top off her amazing 2013 season, Coach McCord was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year and was also selected to coach the IWLCA Division I Senior All Star Game as the coach of the South team. Twelve players earned individual all-conference awards at the conclusion of the season.
Coach McCord’s team also proved to be scholar athletes with a combined team GPA of 3.47 which was the second highest team average in Div. 1 women’s lacrosse. Her squad earned the IWLCA's highest academic recognition in 2013 and has posted a remarkable team GPA higher than 3.3 since 2011.
In their third year, McCord guided the Dolphins to the title
in 2012 as JU won the conference tournament on top of a 6-1 NLC record. The
Dolphins beat rival High Point 19-6 in the final capping a season-ending run
that saw the team give up a paltry 5.5 goals per game in the last eight
contests while winning eight of their last nine. Coach McCord landed her 100th
career victory in the 20-10 win over Louisville on March 12, 2012.
On top of winning the NLC title, 2012 saw the Dolphins lead
the country in scoring (18.6 goals per game) for the second consecutive year
and defender Rachel Hannon set the NCAA all-time record for draw controls in a
In just their second year, McCord guided the Dolphins to a
regular season NLC championship in 2011, posting a 7-0 record in league play
and a 14-5 overall mark. The Dolphins also won two NLC Tournament contests,
advancing to the conference championship game against High Point.
JU led all Division I teams in scoring average, posting 308
goals in 19 games for a 16.21 goals-per-game average. McCord’s team joined
Stanford, Maryland and national-champion Northwestern as one of just four
programs to crack the 300-goal mark. The Dolphins also thrived in the
classroom, recording a collective 3.34 grade-point-average.
In 2010, McCord's team finished first nationally in ground
balls in finishing its inaugural campaign 8-11. That season also included the
first victory in JU history when the Dolphins beat Detroit-Mercy, 15-13. In
building a program from scratch, McCord earned co-NLC "Coach of the
Year" honors after JU advanced to the semifinals of the conference
As a women's lacrosse and field hockey coach, McCord has
accumulated 224 wins in two sports at all levels. Her teams have earned either
first-place championships or runner-up status10 times during her 21 seasons as
a head coach. McCord has recruited and developed 11 All-Americans, 23 regional
All-Americans, and four conference players of the year.
McCord’s coaching career began while studying for her
Masters Degree in Counselor Education at Virginia Tech. While attending the
school, she coached the women’s lacrosse club team for two years, helping them
to earn Division I status in the ACC.
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 winning consecutive lacrosse
conference titles in 1997 and 1998. During the 1997 season, her squad boasted
an undefeated conference record (11-0), leading to North Coast Athletic
Conference Coach of the Year honors. The two titles were the only two
championships won by any program at Oberlin College during her four-year
She continued her career at McDaniel College as head field
hockey and lacrosse coach. While in her hometown (Westminster, Md.), McCord won
the school’s first and only conference title in field hockey, where she is the
all-time winningest coach (61) and has the school’s best winning percentage
(.640). For her efforts during the 2002 season, McCord was named Centennial
Conference Coach of the year in field hockey.
She rebuilt the lacrosse program at McDaniel, helping the
program to a 10-6 record in 2002 and establishing recruiting in-roads that have
led to McDaniel becoming a consistent top-25 program.
McCord moved to the First Coast in 2004 and immediately
began spreading her joy of lacrosse in the community by building and consulting
with youth leagues, high school programs and officials groups. She took over a
fledgling program at Nease High School in 2006. The program had won only 3
games in their first 3 seasons combined, but in her first season at the helm,
Nease won 4 games and climbed to a top-20 ranking in the State of Florida.
Nease went on to win consecutive district titles, and back-to-back #8 rankings
in Florida in '07 and '08. During the 2008 season, Nease finished with a record
of 13-5 and a ranking of #16 in the southern United States. During her final
season at Nease, McCord earned her 100th win as a lacrosse coach (102-73). For
her efforts at Nease, Mindy was named by her peers as US Lacrosse-Orlando’s
Coach of the Year.
McCord co-founded with her husband a national travel lacrosse
club called the Lax Maniax Elite. This club has helped more than 80 young women
from Florida go on to play lacrosse in college and has boasted 22 high school
all-Americans.. The program won the 2007 and 2008 Southeastern Lacrosse
championship and is recognized as the leading national club in the south.
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-American, and
North/South Senior All Star game honors. Coach McCord also played while
studying abroad in Australia.
McCord was born in Westminster, Md. and attended Westminster
High School where she played field hockey, lacrosse, and ran track, earning
honors in all three sports. In her senior year, she founded and implemented the
first lacrosse club in Carroll County, Md. for middle and high school girls.
Her husband Paul, is an assistant coach under McCord at JU. Their daughter
Taylor, is a sophomore on the lacrosse team at Jacksonville. The family lives
in St. Augustine, Fla.
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