Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/2/18
From Press Release
Philadelphia native Jill Batcheller has been named the Mary Semanik Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse at Drexel University, the school announced on Monday. Batcheller, a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School, comes to University City after six years leading the women’s lacrosse program at Bryant University, where she turned the Bulldogs into a conference powerhouse and one of the most formidable teams in the region.
“We are thrilled to add Jill to the Dragon family,” Deputy Athletic Director Nick Gannon said. “She brings an infectious energy and passion to her coaching and has had success at every step of her lacrosse career. We had a remarkable pool of candidates interested in the position, but Jill separated herself with her professionalism and competitiveness. She’ll be a great mentor to our student-athletes. We are happy to welcome her and her family back to Philly, and we know the future is bright for Drexel Lacrosse.”
“I am extremely honored for this opportunity,” Batcheller said. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Dr. Eric Zillmer, Deputy Athletic Director Nick Gannon and the entire search committee for giving me the privilege to lead this program. I would also like to thank Bryant Athletic Director Bill Smith, as well as all of the administration and my coaching mentors, for their support and guidance over the years. I am looking forward to returning home to Philadelphia and can’t wait to get started working with the Dragons! We will immediately look to build upon the Drexel tradition of success that all of the alumni and past coaches have set in place.”
Bryant won the NEC title three times under Batcheller’s watch. The first came in 2014, her second season in Smithfield. That team won 15 games, including a perfect 7-0 mark in the NEC. The team repeated as regular season and tournament champs in 2015. After a title game loss in 2016, the Bulldogs were back in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 with another undefeated run through the conference regular season and tournament schedules. That year, Bryant was one of just eight teams nationally to maintain a perfect record at home all season long.
Most recently, Batcheller’s Bryant squad went 12-6 in 2018, capturing a fifth consecutive Northeast Conference regular season championship. The Bulldogs advanced to a sixth straight NEC title game on the strength of a powerful offense which averaged a program-record 14.50 goals per game over the course of the season.
The success came right away for Batcheller’s Bulldogs. In her first year at the helm, just the second for Bryant as a Division I program, she led them to a 10-8 overall record and a 6-3 mark in NEC action, propelling them to their first NEC championship game appearance.
Following her undergraduate career at Syracuse University, her first collegiate coaching experience came in the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Saint Joseph’s. There, she helped turn around a struggling program and made the Hawks one of the Atlantic-10’s most formidable programs. The 2009 squad broke every offensive program record, going 5-2 in league play and advancing to the A10 title game for the first time.
Following her time on Hawk Hill, Batcheller was named the top assistant at Brown University, where she spent three seasons implementing a dynamic offense that made the Bears one of the top teams in the Ivy League. While there, she also founded the New England United Lacrosse Program. Still the program director, Batcheller has grown the program to include over 120 players, grades 5-11.
A 2007 graduate of Syracuse, Batcheller was a four-year starting midfielder for the Orange. She became the eighth player in school history to reach 100 career points, leading the program to its first Big East championship in 2007, following an at-large NCAA bid in 2005. She was a two-time All-Big East honoree and a three-time Big East Academic All-Star. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management, and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s in 2009.