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Shaner Young (Germantown Academy) named women’s coach at Haverford College

Friday, 31st October 2008

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 10/31/08

Former Princeton great Julie Shaner Young (Germantown Academy) has been named the head coach at Haverford College.

Young, who has been the top assistant at Penn since 2002, replaces MaryAnn Foley Schiller. Young also was previously an assistant at Princeton

“Julie’s successful playing career at Princeton and coaching experiences at both Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania made her an ideal choice for our position,” said Haverford College Director of Athletics Wendy Smith. “Julie’s clear understanding of the demands on student-athletes at a very academically challenging institution and her proven ability to meet those demands at the highest levels both academically and athletically bode very well for the future of Haverford College women’s lacrosse.

While at Penn, Young helped head coach Karin Brower lead the Quakers through a meteoric rise in collegiate women’s lacrosse, transforming a team that had one winning record since 1983 into a two-time Ivy League champion (2007, 2008) and an NCAA championship finalist in 2008.

Young – an All-American at GA in 1997 – coached seven All-Americans while with Penn and was the program’s recruiting coordinator and chief scout of Quaker opponents. For Brower, Young planned practices and developed game strategies that have propelled the women to five consecutive winning seasons and a 73-42 overall mark since Julie stepped onto the sideline at Penn with Brower, the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

“Julie has been an integral part of the Penn women’s lacrosse team’s climb up the ladder nationally from being unranked to the No. 2 team in the nation [2008],” said Brower. “She is an exceptional coach and will do an outstanding job at Haverford. Her knowledge of the game coupled with her motivational techniques will inspire the Haverford players to reach new heights.

Young has been the head coach of various college lacrosse camps on the East Coast including the Duke Super Elite Lacrosse Camp, the Princeton Elite Lacrosse Camp, the U.S. Development Player Camp, and the All-American Select 100 Lacrosse Camp. In addition, she has been the Assistant Director of the Penn Elite & Quaker Lacrosse Camps in Philadelphia and for the All-Star Lacrosse Camps in Atlanta.

Locally, Young is the co-founder of the Philly Women’s Lacrosse League, which has created opportunities for post-collegiate players to continue playing lacrosse after college. The recently completed Spring and Summer League seasons each had 120 players participating.

A dual-sport athlete at Princeton University where she earned a B.A. in psychology in 2001, Young was All-Ivy eight times earning four honors each in both soccer and lacrosse.

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