Eustace joined the Dukes' program as an assistant coach in July 2012.
Eustace (pronounced YOO-stuss) came to JMU from Flint Hill School, where she coached
lacrosse as well as soccer and middle school basketball from 2009-12. The school, located in Oakton, Va., produced
teams that accomplished a fourth-place finish in the state and a third-place
finish in the Independent School League's AA division. Both performances were program bests at Flint
She also has coaching experience as an assistant coach from 2006-09 at St.
Stephens & St. Agnes School, a program that traditionally produces many
players who go on to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse. The team was ranked number one in the country
in 2008, number two in 2007 and number four in 2009. Eustace coached two Under-19 World Cup
players, 16 All-America players and nine Academic All-America players while at
St. Stephens & St. Agnes. She also
served as athletic director and assistant field hockey coach at the school, located
in Alexandria, Va.
Eustace also previously served as head coach of the Capital Blue club team, one
of the nation's top club teams and based in the Washington, D.C., area, and she
has coached with Mass Elite, which includes many of the top players in
"Samantha is at the core an intense competitor who is passionate about
coaching the sport of lacrosse," Klaes-Bawcombe said when announcing the
hiring of Eustace. "Having lived in
the suburbs of Boston and D.C., she has coached with those areas' well-respected
clubs, Mass Elite and Capital. She has been exposed to those areas' strongest
athletes and strongest high school coaches.
"Her championship experience as the girls' director of athletics and
assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at St. Stephens & St. Agnes in Virginia
is very valuable. We feel very fortunate that Samantha wants to take her love
for the game to the next level here at JMU.
She will be an excellent coach, mentor and recruiter for the JMU lacrosse
Eustace has also been involved with US Lacrosse's Women's
Division National Tournament, which showcases the top club lacrosse players. She
was a head coach and selector for Mid-Atlantic area teams for six years and for
Lower New England teams for 10 years.
She was the head lacrosse and field hockey coach at Concord Academy in
Concord, Mass., from 1996-06.
She played college lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts, where she earned
a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1993.
Eustace is a native of Montreal and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio.