Aurora University

Aurora University Athletics
347 S. Gladstone Ave Aurora, IL 605064892
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
Private Small National competitor

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Christina Fried

Christina Fried became the Head Coach of the Aurora University women's lacrosse program in June of 2014.


The 2019 season was a record setting one for Coach Fried and the AU women's lacrosse program. The Spartans set new records for wins overall with a 13-6 record and in the MWLC with an 11-2 mark. The season once again saw AU make the MWLC Tournament, finishing in the tournament final. Off the field, AU had their first two IWLCA All-Region selections under Fried with two Spartans earning the prestigious recognition.


Under Fried, the Spartans have made the MWLC tournament in each year while finishing with a .500 or better overall record in every season.


Fried came to the Spartan program after serving as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College for the past two seasons (2012-2014) where they had a 33-11 record.


Prior to her time at Franklin & Marshall, she spent two seasons (2008-2010) at Frostburg State University as an assistant coach before moving to Kutztown University as an assistant coach for two seasons. While at Franklin & Marshall, her primary focus centered on the development and refinement of the defensive side of the field. In addition to working with the defense, she oversaw the student-athletes' progress in the classroom.


Fried enjoyed a sterling four-year playing career for the Lock Haven women's lacrosse team. A team captain as a senior and a Second Team All-PSAC performer as a junior, Fried helped the Lady Eagles to a 62-14 overall record during her four years, including a pair of NCAA Tournament semifinals, three PSAC Championship appearances and a school-record 17 wins (17-2) during the 2006 season.


Fried was also an active member of the Lock Haven academic community. She was a three-year member of SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee), a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and worked for the LHU Foundation.


She earned her Master's degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University in 2010 and graduated from Lock Haven with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management in 2008. She spent the fall semester of her senior year at Lock Haven studying at the Dublin Business School in Dublin, Ireland.


Fried currently serves as the youth director for Naperville Park District as well as a club lacrosse coach for Players 360.

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Colleen Speth

Colleen Speth joined the Aurora University women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2018.


Speth brings a wealth of experience to the AU program having served as the US Lacrosse National WI/IL National Team Coach, the Coach and Club Coordinator of the 2013 US Lacrosse U15 Central Champions and the head coach at numerous local Illinois high school programs.


She was the starting goalie for the University of Massachusetts from 2007-2009 before moving on to play her final seasons at DePaul University. At DePaul she was a starting defender/draw specialist and team captain from 2009 through 2011.


As a prep, Speth was All American Honorable Mention, First Team All State, Goalie of the Year at Evanston Township High School.

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