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Record suddenly resigns as coach of Academy of Notre Dame

Thursday, 14th January 2010

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/14/10

Three-time collegiate All-American Brooke Crawford Record, who immediately turned around a struggling program and built it into an Inter-Ac League title contender, resigned today as head girls’ lacrosse coach at the Academy of Notre Dame.

Record posted a two-year record of 28-11, taking third in the Inter-Ac two years ago while tying for second last year with Baldwin School. Before Record came on the scene, the Fighting Irish were an afterthought in the Inter-Ac, going winless in 2007 and 1-6 in both 2006 and 2005.

Record said the decision was most difficult but that she has a 1-year-old son (Holt) and increasing demands in her job at Notre Dame as Assistant Director of Annual Programs. Her husband, Lon, is an assistant coach for the Villanova men’s basketball team and travels a lot. Record said she felt that the next coach would have a good foundation to build with.

Notre Dame athletic director Tina O’Malley said the program’s quick turnaround were a testament to Record’s coaching skills and the commitment of the players.

One of Notre Dame’s 2009 graduates was Kelly McCallion, who earned US Lacrosse All-American honors the past two years and is a freshman at Division I power Penn.

O’Malley said she is actively seeking candidates to replace Record (see information below).

Record, a Great Valley graduate, was a three-time All-American defender at North Carolina (1997-99) and an assistant coach at Connecticut (2000-01), James Madison (2002) and the University of Notre Dame (2003-05).

A former member of the U.S. National Team’s Developmental Squad, Record graduated from North Carolina with degrees in psychology and exercise and sports science. As a player, Crawford graduated from North Carolina with school records for games played (67), games started (67) and minutes played.

A four-year starter, she was a member of the Tar Heels’ 1997 and 1998 NCAA semifinalist teams. The team MVP in 1999, Crawford was a four-time South Region All-American on the way to national All-American honors in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She also was named all-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1997 and 1999.

The Academy of Notre Dame, Villanova, PA. is currently looking for a HS varsity head lacrosse coach. Candidates should contact Tina O’Malley, Athletic Director, at (610) 971-4905 or by e-mailing her at comalley@ndapa.org

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