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.

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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Jacqui Montague

Jacqui Montague joined the Averett University women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in July 2017.

Montague played four seasons at Albright College, helping the program reach the playoffs for the first time in program history and notch its first playoff win. A three-year starting attacker, Montague also served as a team captain. She also was involved as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative during her time at Albright.

Montague gained coaching experience as a volunteer coach with the Deer Park girls lacrosse. She also completed a summer accounting internship with the NHL's New York Islanders.

A native of Farmingville, New York, Montague earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Albright in May 2017. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in business administration from Averett.

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Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy joined the Averett University women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in July 2017.

Murphy previously served as a volunteer assistant with the program for five months during the spring of 2017, helping with clinics on campus.

Murphy played four seasons of collegiate lacrosse, including her final two at Division II Wingate University, where she was a two-time team captain. She earned all-conference second team honors at midfield, leading her team in scoring in 2015. During her senior campaign, she earned honorable mention all-conference defense in 2016. Prior to Wingate, Murphy played two seasons at Division I Presbyterian College as a midfielder. She tied the school record for draw control.

In addition to her playing experience, Murphy has served as an assistant coach with the Dover Defy Lacrosse, Extreme Lacrosse and Queen City Lacrosse Clubs.

A native of Mooresville, North Carolina, Murphy earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Wingate in 2016. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management from Averett

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