Averett University

Averett University Athletics
420 West Main Street DANVILLE, VA 24540
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Very Small Developing team


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Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan was named the Averett University women’s lacrosse head coach in June 2016.

After a year of recruiting, Ryan coached the Cougars in the spring of 2018 as the program made its return to Averett. The Cougars set program records with 10 overall wins and four conference wins with Ryan at the helm. She produced four all-conference performers as the team multiple individual single-season records.

Ryan came to Averett after serving as an assistant coach at Division II University of Tampa from 2014-16. Prior to that, she was an assistant for one season at Southwestern University, where she helped establish the university’s women’s lacrosse program from 2013-14, and also coached two seasons as a graduate assistant at Frostburg State University from 2011-2013.

A native of Long Island, New York, Ryan played four seasons at Catholic University, which won four consecutive Landmark Conference championships between 2008-11 and made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Elite 8 in 2008. A midfielder, Ryan earned Landmark All-Conference Second Team honors in 2010.

In addition to her coaching stops at the collegiate level, Ryan has also coached club teams or instructed clinics in Florida, Texas, New York and Virginia. She also served as an assistant cross country coach at Southwestern.

Ryan earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2011 from Catholic and received her master’s degree in education with a concentration in special education from Frostburg State in 2013.

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Alixis Roccia

Alixis Roccia joined the Averett University women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in July 2019.

A native of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Roccia returns to Averett after playing for the program in the first two years of its new era. With the lacrosse program, Roccia tallied 100 goals and 39 assists, while also earning Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large First Team and Academic All-District First Team honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was selected to the USA South All-Conference Third Team at midfield in her senior season after earning USA South Honorable Mention Team honors and Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State Second Team accolades as a junior.

Roccia was also a standout on Averett's women's basketball team as a four-year starter who was selected to the USA South East Division Second Team honors and the Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team as a senior. In the process, she became the first Averett student-athlete to earn Academic All-America distinction in two different sports.

While going to school at Averett, Roccia worked in the university's Student Success Center as a tutor and writing consultant.

Roccia graduated in three years, earning bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology in 2018. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in education.

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