June 6, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College has named Jen Adams, the leading scorer in NCAA history, as its seventh women's lacrosse coach of all-time, Greyhounds Director of Athletics Joe Boylan announced today.
Adams, who has served the University of Maryland as associate head coach for the past two seasons, will assume the role as the Greyhounds Head Coach effective immediately.
"This is a wonderful day for Loyola College and Loyola Greyhounds athletics," Boylan said. "The best young coach in America is joining the Greyhounds family. Jen combines an amazing talent as a student-athlete and a coach, and we are looking forward to her contributions to our program.
"I would like to thank the College, and (Loyola Vice President of Student Development/Dean of Students) Susan Donovan in particular, for their extraordinary support in this effort. (Associate Director of Athletics) Teddi Burns did a marvelous job in leading this search, and we identified and found the coach we want to lead our women's lacrosse team."
Adams, 28, will be a head coach for the first time at Loyola, although her coaching and playing days have prepared her well for the position.
"We identified Jen as a candidate who we felt would be an exciting and dynamic leader of our program," Burns said. "Through the process, it became clear that she is the person we want in this position, and we are thrilled she will become a Greyhound."
"I am very excited about this opportunity," Adams said. "I had the chance to meet with the staff and many of the players and feel extremely confident and excited to be able to work within such a welcoming family atmosphere. I am looking forward to taking this next step in my professional career at Loyola.
"I appreciate this amazing opportunity that Joe Boylan and Teddi Burns have given me. I am looking forward to working with them to guide these student-athletes through their collegiate careers both in the classroom and on the field. I would also like to thank (Loyola President) Father (Brian) Linnane and many of his senior council for supporting me in this exciting next phase of Loyola Women's Lacrosse."
At Maryland, Adams rejuvenated the Terrapins offense to play in her up-tempo attacking style. In her first season as associate head coach, Maryland scored 287 goals, the most it had recorded in a season since 2001, Adams' senior year as a student-athlete.
In 2008, Adams helped Maryland ascend to a No. 2 rank nationally. The Terrapins, who finished with an 18-3 record, scored an average of 14.9 goals per game, sixth nationally, and were second in Division I with 477 total points. Two Maryland student-athletes finished in the top 50 nationally in goals per game, and three were in that same range for assists per game.
"I am very excited for Jen; this is a great opportunity for her," Maryland Head Coach Cathy Reese said. "While we will miss her at Maryland, she is going to make a huge impact on the lives of the student-athletes at Loyola. Not only was Jen a great player, and she is an excellent coach, but she is a special person. I will miss her, but she is going to do great things."
Adams put together arguably the best collegiate lacrosse career of any player in the collegiate ranks during her tenure at Maryland from 1997-2001. She racked up honors like she scored goals and recorded assists and was named to the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse 25th Anniversary Team in April 2007.
The Brighton, South Australia native, was named the three-time national player of the year and was the first recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy in 2001.
Adams set every scoring record for the Terrapins - season and career - helping them win national titles in each of the four seasons she spent in College Park. She finished her storied career with 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points. Her marks for total points and assists stand today as NCAA records, and her goals total is still a record at Maryland.
In addition to her career marks, Adams had single-season performances that also rank amongst the best in Maryland and NCAA history. During her Teawaarton-winning senior season, Adams led the national with 88 goals, 60 assists and 148 total points, setting school single-season marks in the process. Those season totals only added her name one rung higher, as she had set school records with 81 goals, 55 assists and 136 total points the previous season.
Adams' efforts were not limited just to the lacrosse field. In addition to her three All-America honors as a player, Adams earned the 2000 and 2001 Honda/Broderick Award for women's lacrosse excellence in the classroom and on the field. She also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors as a senior.
She was also named the National Attacker of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and earned Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year laurels in 2000 and 2001.
Adams' accomplishments did not end when she hung up her cleats for the Terrapins. She has been a member of the Australian National Team since her pre-Maryland days. In 2005, Adams, led the Aussie National Team to a 14-7 defeat of the United States in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup. She scored four goals, and assisted on three others, in the gold medal game.
She earned All-World honors at the games, leading all players with 26 assists and 47 total points.
Adams is currently a member of the Australian National Team that is gearing up for the 2009 Women's World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.
Adams graduated from Maryland in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in communications.
Loyola Women's Lacrosse Crease Club Co-Chairwomen Suzy Waire and Suzanne Eyler added this regarding Adams' hire, "We are thrilled about the future of the women's lacrosse program at Loyola with the announcement of Jen Adams as the next head coach. Loyola will benefit greatly from Jen's experience and knowledge of the game as a player and coach. Her dedication to the sport is unmatched, and she will be fundamental in the development of the women's team on and off-the-field as players, student-athletes and young women."
Loyola, which finished the 2008 season with a 6-10 record, is fifth all-time amongst NCAA Division I women's lacrosse teams with 362 wins (including those prior to NCAA divisional classification). The Greyhounds' .646 winning percentage (362-184-10) is ninth all-time.