Mount St. Mary's University has hired B.J. Lucey as women's lacrosse head coach, announced today by Lynne Robinson, Director of Athletics. Lucey takes over for Lindsey Munday, who resigned to become the head coach at the University of Southern California.
"While I am very disappointed by the timing of Coach Munday's departure to the University of Southern California, I couldn't be more excited with the hiring of B.J. Lucey," said Robinson. "We are extremely fortunate to have someone with B.J.'s coaching experience and knowledge of the game available to us at this late date. B.J.'s energy and passion for women's lacrosse is evident and we are very pleased to welcome her to the Mount family."
Lucey comes to the Mount after serving as an assistant coach her alma mater, Penn State, from 2006-10. While at Penn State, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, working with both the offense and defense, scouting and film breakdown.
"I am excited about this opportunity," said Lucey. "I know that a lot of work has gone in to making women's lacrosse a priority sport at the Mount thanks to President Thomas Powell and Director of Athletics, Lynne Robinson and I thank them and the rest of the administration for providing me the opportunity to guide this strong group of student-athletes towards achieving all of our goals both on the field and in the classroom."
Lucey began her coaching career as an assistant coach at the College of New Jersey, helping lead the team to the Division III National Championship game in 2004. She was an assistant coach at Temple for two seasons (2004-05), helping the Owls win the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2005.
A 2003 graduate of Penn State, Lucey was earned Regional All-American honors in 2000 and 2001 as a midfielder with the Nittany Lions.
The Mount won the Northeast Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both 2004 and 2005. Last year, the Mountaineers went 8-9 on the season, falling to Sacred Heart in the NEC semifinals.
Mount St. Mary's opens the 2011 season on Friday, February 11, at Navy. The home opener is Sunday, February 27, against Temple at 1:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.