TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2008
Brooke Magnuson named women’s lacrosse assistant coach
Brooke Magnuson was tabbed as the first assistant coach in program history by women’s lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord on Tuesday
Brooke Magnuson was tabbed as the first assistant coach in program history by women’s lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord on Tuesday
The JU women’s lacrosse program is beginning to take shape as Brooke Magnuson was tabbed as the first assistant coach in program history by women’s lacrosse head coach Mindy McCord on Tuesday.

Magnuson, a former University of Maryland attacker and Maryland Prep “Player of the Year,”joins the Dolphins new program after working closely with the Lax Maniax Elite Club program in north Florida with McCord. She also directs the First Coast Lacrosse League for Girls during the fall.

“Brooke is a great teacher of the game and has a lot of experience in teaching the game,” said McCord. “Brooke has always been a leader, from her experiences on Broadneck (Maryland) High School’s first state championship team, to her time as a standout at the club level program and through her four-year experience as a top-level Division I performer.”

"I am so fortunate to be a part of the staff for the first JU women's Lacrosse program,” said Magnuson. “It’s an amazing opportunity to continue to grow the game of lacrosse. JU is a great school and I can't wait to help put its women's Lacrosse team on the map. I want to thank Mindy for giving me this opportunity."

Magnuson was a four-year letterwinner on the Terrapins’ women’s lacrosse squad from 2003-06 and helped Maryland reach the Final Four in her final two seasons. Magnuson also helped the Terps win the ACC Championship as a freshman in 2003. She posted over 15 goals in each of her final three seasons, including a career-best 21 as a junior in 2005.

As a prep player, Magnuson was a four-year starter at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Md. The team went 41-10 in three seasons and helped Broadneck win the Class 4A state championship her senior season after posting 56 goals and 51 assists. She was also a four-time all-county selection as well as earning all-state and all-metro (Baltimore Sun and Washington Post) accolades her final two seasons.

Following her playing career, Magnuson got her first taste in coaching by helping high school programs in South Carolina and Florida and co-directing a camp with current Loyola head coach Jen Adams, a Maryland teammate.

She is married to Paul Magnuson who is an officer in the Navy and a graduate of the Naval Academy. Her Husband also plays on the Ponte Vedra Predators men’s lacrosse team and is an assistant with the Lax Maniax Elite Club.