Arizona State University

Arizona State University Athletics
Carson Center PO Box 872505 Tempe, AZ 852872505
Division 1 Arizona
Public Very Large National competitor

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Tim McCormack

Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson announced the hiring of Tim McCormack, formerly the assistant coach at 2019 Final Four participant Northwestern and standout goalkeeper at University of Massachusetts, as head women's lacrosse coach on June 12, 2019.


"It's a crucial time in the youth of our women's lacrosse program, and Tim brings a wealth of experience and success from his coaching and playing career to this program," said Anderson. "We feel fortunate to have him lead this program and join our Sun Devil family."


"I am incredibly honored to join Arizona State University as the women's lacrosse head coach. With the support of Ray Anderson, Don Bocchi and Christina Wombacher, I look forward to building a nationally competitive program in Tempe" said coach McCormack. "With its world-class academia and outstanding facilities, ASU offers truly a one-of-a-kind experience for its student-athletes. I would also like to thank Northwestern's head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and her husband Scott Hiller for their mentorship over the past six years."


While in Evanston, McCormack oversaw the defense and goalkeepers since his arrival in 2013, developing game plans and systems for one of the top-ranked defenses in the country. Under his tutelage, he's mentored three All-Americans, eight All-Big-Ten selections and two All-ALC selections. Along with his on-field responsibilities, McCormack helped lead the Wildcats' recruiting efforts, bringing in Inside Lacrosse's 5th-ranked recruiting class in 2016 and 4th-ranked class in 2018. McCormack also initiated Northwestern's first analytics team to help breakdown practices and quantify areas of the game.


Over the course of his six seasons at Northwestern, the Wildcats have qualified for the postseason each year and have won at least one NCAA Tournament game, appearing in two Final Four's, two NCAA Quarterfinals, and two NCAA second rounds. For the last six years, McCormack has also served as the director of camp programs for Amonte Sports, coordinating and directing each lacrosse camp across the country.


While a goaltender at UMass, he started 45 consecutive games from his sophomore campaign on. His senior year featured a perfect 15-0 record between the pipes and the No. 1 ranking in the country.

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Dorrien Van Dyke

Sun Devil Lacrosse Head Coach Tim McCormack announced the addition of former All-American and James Madison Assistant Dorrien Van Dyke, as an assistant coach in July of 2019.


"I can't wait to work with Dorrien," Coach McCormack said. "She has a wealth of knowledge on both sides of the ball and has proven herself as an excellent draw unit coach and recruiter. She will be a great fit in Tempe."


Most recently, Van Dyke served as an assistant coach for James Madison during the 2019 season, learning from Dukes' Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe. Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at Monmouth College following the culmination of her outstanding playing career at Stony Brook University.


"I am extremely grateful and honored to be on staff as an assistant coach at Arizona State University," Coach Van Dyke remarked. "I would like to thank Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe and all my players for everything at JMU."


During her only season coaching the defending National Champions, she played a key role in helping lead the Dukes to the 2019 CAA Regular Season and Conference Championship along with a berth in the NCAA Tournament. James Madison spent the entirety of the 2019 season in the Top-25, finishing at No. 14 in the final Inside Lacrosse rankings.


While in Harrisonburg, part of her responsibilities included coaching the offense and draw units, in which she provided a breakdown of draw and offensive film resulting in the creation of scouting reports. In addition, she was in charge of organizing practice plans, game day operations, and travel accommodations. Van Dyke was an integral part of the recruiting efforts, while also coordinating and instructing camps and clinics.


"I am very thankful for Coach McCormack and the administration for this great opportunity," Coach Van Dyke added. "I am so excited to be a part of this amazing athletic department and can't wait to continue to build a championship caliber program at ASU."


James Madison's junior attacker Maddie McDaniel had a breakout junior season under the tutelage of Van Dyke, as she developed into one of the premier draw specialists in the country. The First Team All-CAA selection set the JMU and CAA single-season record with 127 draw controls, becoming just the second player in school history to surpass 100 draws. She was equally as impactful on offense, recording 41 goals and three assists, collecting the second most goals and third most points on the team.


Fellow attacker Hannah Haven excelled in Van Dyke's system, earning First Team All-CAA honors after a spectacular 81-point season. Attacker Logan Brennan and midfielder Kelsey Reed both landed on the All-CAA Second Team, while freshmen midfielders Lizzy Fox and Rachel Matey made the CAA All-Rookie Team.


Van Dyke began her coaching career in 2018 at Monmouth University, enjoying immediate success with the Hawks. She helped the program capture the MAAC Regular Season Co-Championship, completing the season with a 6-2 conference record highlighted by a victory over 2018 NCAA Tournament participant Fairfield. During her time in West Long Branch, she assisted with day-to-day operations of the Lacrosse program, including planning practices, scheduling travel, and managing meal orders. She worked closely with the midfielders and attackers, tasked with accelerating skill development and implementing attacking schemes. Van Dyke played a significant role in recruiting in addition to organizing and running camps and clinics.


Before she entered the coaching profession, Van Dyke was an All-American midfielder at Stony Brook University. She finished her illustrious career near the top of the program record book, sitting second in goals (197), sixth in assists (71), third in points (268), and fourth in draw controls (179). The 2017 Tewaaraton Award Nominee enjoyed a breakout senior season that saw her earn IWLCA All-American recognition and a spot on the Division I Senior All-Star team after her second-consecutive 70-point season. The accolades don't end there, as Van Dyke was a three-time IWLCA First Team Mid-Atlantic All-Region Selection.


The Seawolves won the America East Conference Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament all four season that Van Dyke was a part of the program. She made her impact felt the minute she stepped on campus, as the four-time First Team All-Conference member was the only freshman selected to the 2014 American East All-Conference squad after leading all Division I freshman with 68 points. She came up big when her team needed her the most, earning a spot on the America East All-Championship Team in both 2016 & 2017. She still holds the Seawolves' program record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game, coming through with seven goals in a first-round victory over Bryant. Her performance sparked a postseason run, with Stony Brook falling to eventual national champion Maryland by one goal in a back-and-forth quarterfinal matchup.


Known as a tremendous leader, Van Dyke earned the trust of her teammates and coaches resulting in her twice being named a team captain. Additionally, she was selected by the Athletic Director to be a part of the Stony Brook Academy of Leaders as well as representing female student-athletes as a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board. She took care of business on and off the field while a student-athlete, twice appearing on the America East All-Academic Team (2016 & 2017) in addition to receiving America East Honor Roll distinction all four years.


Van Dyke continues to compete professionally, as she is currently a midfielder for the Brave, one of five teams in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). She originally started her professional career as a member of the Long Island Sound, playing in the United Women's Lacrosse League. She is also a part of the 2019 U.S. National Team Player Pool, having previously competed for Team USA at the 2018 Fall Classic.


She also brings club coaching experience to Tempe, having coached with the Long Island "Elite" Yellow Jackets. She has had an U.S. Lacrosse Coaching Membership since 2013.

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Nicole Graziano

Sun Devil Lacrosse Head Coach Tim McCormack announced the addition of former University of Rutgers assistant coach and 2016 Tewaaraton Award Finalist Nicole Graziano to the coaching staff in July of 2019.


Graziano arrived at Arizona State after spending three seasons at the University of Rutgers, where she served as an assistant coach. She brought an impressive resume with her to Tempe, having gained experience at the highest level as both a coach and player.


"I am extremely excited to welcome Nicole to the Sun Devil Lacrosse family," Coach McCormack stated. "Her passion and energy for the game is second to none, and will immediately have a tremendous impact for us."


During her three years as part of the coaching staff at Rutgers, she assisted in all areas of the women's lacrosse program, including recruiting, coaching and developing student-athletes along with coordinating team travel. She specifically worked with the draw takers and offensive personnel in skill development and overall team concepts.


"I am honored and humbled to be the new assistant coach at Arizona State University," Coach Graziano remarked after the hiring was made official. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to build a nationally competitive program in Tempe."


She was a part of a quick turnaround in her first season on Head Coach Laura Brand Sias' staff, as the 2017 team improved their record by two wins from the previous year in the extremely competitive Big Ten Conference. During her time in charge of the offense, the Scarlet Knights reached double-digit goals 25 different times. Rutgers managed to knock off several nationally-prominent opponents during Graziano's tenure, most notably collecting wins over James Madison and Michigan.


"I would like to thank Coach McCormack and the administration for this amazing opportunity, and thank Laura Brand Sias for her mentorship over the past three years," Graziano said.


Graziano managed to recruit and had the opportunity coach several extremely talented players while in New Brunswick. In 2019, midfielder Samantha Budd emerged and took home Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (March 26th) while attacker freshman Marin Hartshorn twice was selected Big Ten Rookie of the Week. In addition, attacker Taralyn Naslonski and Samantha Budd were named to the Preseason Big Ten Conference Players to Watch prior to the 2019 season. During the 2018 season, Naslonski was a two-time Big Ten Rookie of the Week selection while Budd was tabbed as a Preseason Player to Watch in the conference.


While her background led her to mostly working with the attacking unit, Graziano brings plenty of knowledge in several aspects of the game, as she excelled in the midfield during her playing career at the University of Florida.


"Nicole brings great knowledge on both sides of the ball and will help us succeed in all areas," Coach McCormack added. "She is a great mentor for young women and will help create a winning culture."


While at the University of Florida from 2012-16, Graziano made an impact on the lacrosse program, leaving as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. A 2016 Tewaaraton Award finalist and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American, Graziano was among the top players in the nation during her five-year career. She was twice named All-Conference as well as being named the 2016 Big East Midfielder of the Year.


A model of consistency, Graziano tallied at least 21 points in all four seasons played at Florida. She saved her best season for last, as she finished with 44 goals and 17 assists (61 points), 31 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers, and 45 draw controls during a productive senior season in 2016. Her all-around dominance allowed her to become one of five finalists for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award, handed out to the best overall player in collegiate women's lacrosse. Considered a team leader, Graziano was a two-time captain at Florida.


She was just as successful off the field as she was on it, being named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll four different times. The Mendham, N.J. native remained involved in many aspects of the Lacrosse community, working as a counselor for several lacrosse camps along the East Coast while playing at Florida. From 2010-16, she served as the head coach at STEPS Lacrosse in Chester, New Jersey, spending her summers mentoring young girls in women's lacrosse.


Graziano continues to play the game at a high level, competing as a member of the New York Fight since 2018 in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). She was one of 36 players selected to train as part of the 2017 U.S. Women's Lacrosse National during their preparation for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup.


Graziano earned a master's degree in management at Florida in 2016 after completing her undergraduate studies in 2015 with a degree in sociology.

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