HARRISONBURG, Va., Aug. 22, 2013 – The James Madison lacrosse program has added Emily Garrity as an assistant coach, head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe announced today.
Garrity was a two-time captain for the North Carolina lacrosse team, which won the 2013 NCAA championship. To round out her college career, she was named a Synapse Sports All-American and placed on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List (nation’s top player). She was also chosen for the all-conference and all-tournament teams during her senior campaign.
“We are so excited to bring in as our new assistant coach,” Klaes-Bawcombe pronounced. “Emily was the first ever two-time captain to come through the UNC program. She brings leadership, an eye for the game and a passion for making a difference in the programs she aligns herself with. We know that she can make that difference here at JMU, too.”
During her time at North Carolina, Garrity posted 72 goals with 46 assists for 118 career points and picked up 104 ground balls and 101 draw controls alongside 73 caused turnovers. She was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic honoree and a member of the Rising Stars program of the Carolina Leadership Academy, which develops premier leaders in collegiate athletics.
“Her experience and confidence coming off winning a National Championship with UNC is invaluable,” Klaes-Bawcombe praised. “We will look for her to provide a freshness to our offensive unit this upcoming season.”
Previously, Garrity assisted with the UNC Elite Camp and Rising Stars Camp for four years in Chapel Hill. In 2011, she helped coordinate and organize schedules and drills for the Nike Lacrosse Camp and, in 2010, she coached with the Phantastix Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“I am extremely fortunate to be working with the staff here and am very excited to embark on this new journey,” Garrity said. “I will be learning from some of the most experienced coaches in the game, and am ready to absorb as much as I can. James Madison has a group of girls that is extremely hard working and dedicated, as are the coaches, and that’s exactly the type of atmosphere I want to be in.”
In addition to Klaes-Bawcombe, Garrity will work alongside assistant coach Samantha Eustace, who enters her second season with the Dukes. She will take the lead for the defensive unit as well as become the recruiting coordinator.
has proven to be a strong educator who understands the need for both coaching and mentorship to ensure the development of the young women who come to play for JMU,” Klaes-Bawcombe shared. “I look forward to all the years ahead of us, working to build this JMU Lacrosse program together.”