April 12, 2017

Byers Named Long Island Sound Assistant Coach


April 12, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State assistant women’s lacrosse coach Jill Byers has been named an assistant coach of the Long Island Sound, the defending champions of the United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX).

Byers will join new head coach Regy Thorpe and assistant coach Caitlin Defliese, who are both currently on staff at Syracuse.

The new season of UWLX will kick-off on Saturday, May 27th with the Sound taking on the Baltimore Ride during the 2017 NCAA Final Four weekend.

Byers is in her third season as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Last season Byers helped Ohio State to 11 victories while just missing out on a third straight NCAA tournament appearance. In 2015 Byers helped the Buckeyes to a 13-8 record, a berth in the Big Ten tournament championship game, an upset of No. 1-ranked Maryland and a second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.

Three years ago prior to her arrival in Columbus, Byers helped lead Stony Brook to an impressive 17-win season, claiming the America East Title and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to her stint at Stony Brook, Byers served as the top assistant at Notre Dame and helped her alma mater to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013. Prior to her coaching stint in South Bend, Byers was an assistant at Yale for three seasons.

A 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and team captain, she produced a historic playing career at Notre Dame, where she graduated as the all-time leader in goals (262), points (336) and draw controls (154). A four-time IWLCA All-American and 2009 Honda Award finalist, Byers wrapped up her collegiate playing days fourth in NCAA history in career goals and 10th in points. After her league-record 78 goals in Big East Play to be named Big East Attack Player of the Year, Byers was voted the second runner-up for Notre Dame’s Female Athlete of the Decade Award.