Sue Heether, a three-time World Cup champion as a player, has been the head coach of the U.S. women's national team since 2005. Heether took over the program following the 2005 World Cup and has successfully led the program over the last four years. Among the highlights was guiding the U.S. team to the championship at the 2008 Prague Cup, the first time the U.S. had played on foreign soil since winning the 2001 World Cup in England.
Heether began her playing career with the U.S. national team in 1990. She played goalie for the U.S. teams that won World Cups in 1993, 1997 and 2001 and was a member of the U.S. training team for the 2005 World Cup. As a member of the national team, Heether has toured in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Scotland and Wales. In 1997, she made 42 saves over the World Cup tournament, including 11 in the championship game as the U.S. edged Australia 3-2 in overtime.
Prior to beginning her playing time with the U.S. team, Heether
was a three-sport athlete (field hockey, lacrosse, swimming) at
Loyola College. Heether earned first team All-America honors as a
goaltender for the Greyhounds in 1990. She still holds the
school’s records for saves in a season (312) and career
In addition to playing for the national team, Heether began a coaching career after her graduation from Loyola. She served as an assistant coach at Loyola (1991), Harvard (1992) and Notre Dame Prep (1993-95) before becoming the head coach at St. Mary’s College (Md.) where she compiled a record of 17-7 in two seasons.
In 1997 she opened Sports Her Way, a successful women’s
specialty equipment and apparel store and continues to serve in the
role of president for the company. She has also served a stint as
an assistant coach for the U.S. Developmental team and has
volunteered with an inner-city lacrosse program at William Paca
Elementary School in Baltimore City.
Heether was inducted into the Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2004.