Brown University

Brown University
235 Hope St. Box 1932 Providence, RI 02912
Division 1 Rhode Island Northeast
Private Medium National competitor

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Keely McDonald

A 2000 Brown University graduate and former Bears’ lacrosse standout, Keely McDonald returned to her alma mater to head the Brown women’s lacrosse program during the fall of 2004, following assistant coaching stints at Princeton and Northwestern, and will enter her 15th season at College Hill in the 2019 campaign.


In 14 years, McDonald has coached 13 Regional All-Americans and 41 All-Ivy honorees. The Bears notched back-to-back 9-6 campaigns in 2013 and 2014, their most successful seasons since 1997. McDonald and the Bears scored their most impressive victory on March 8, 2014, a 14-13 OT win over No. 16 Princeton, Brown's first win over the Tigers since 1991.


During the 2009 season, McDonald led the Bears to a 7-8 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Ivy League, tying for fourth. The seven wins were the most since 1999 , while Brown's fourth-place finish was the highest since 1999 when the Bears went 4-3 and were fourth in the League. Highlighting the Ivy wins was a season-ending, 7-5, victory over Yale, Brown's first win over the Bulldogs in 16 years. The Bears also defeated Columbia, outscoring the Lions, 11-2, in the second half, and Harvard. Though Brown didn't come away with a win at Princeton, McDonald's squad was neck-and-neck with the 7th-ranked Tigers, falling by a single goal, 8-7.


In 2007, McDonald coached two freshmen, Kiki Manners and Molly McCarthy, who became her second and third Regional All-Americans, and were two of just five freshmen in the Northeast Region, nine nationally, to earn this distinction. The duo, who were Brown’s first-ever freshmen to earn Regional All-American recognition, also earned a spot on the inaugural womenslacrosse.com All-Freshman Team. In 2008, Vitkus became McDonald’s fourth All-Region honoree at Brown, as the Bears’ 2008 leading scorer earned Second Team All-Region honors. In all, McDonald has coached 19 All-Ivy players, including nine at Princeton. She has also coached three past Tewaaraton Award candidates.


The first assistant at Princeton during the 2004 season, McDonald helped to lead the Tigers to a #1 ranking for the entire season, winning 19 straight games before dropping their only contest of the year in the National Championship game. Working with three-time National Champion head coach Chris Sailer at Princeton, McDonald gained tremendous experience, helping to coach four First Team National All-Americans, the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, and leading the #1 defensive system in the country with a 6.11 GAA.


Prior to joining the Tiger staff, McDonald served as the first assistant coach at Northwestern, playing an integral role in transitioning the team from Club level to varsity Division I status. During her three years with the Wildcats, McDonald worked alongside head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller to build a solid program which is now a national contender, losing to Virginia in the 2004 National Quaterfinals, in just the team’s third year of existence, and winning the past three National Championships.


As an undergraduate at Brown, McDonald started at Midfield/Attack all four years with the Bears, earning Second Team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy in 2000. She finished her career with 86 points (66g, 20a), including 27 (21g, 6a) as a freshman in 1997, and ranking among the team’s top five scorers in each of her four seasons.

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Gabby Jaquith

Former Syracuse midfielder/attack Gabby Jaquith joined the Brown women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in September of 2016 and will enter her third season with the Bears in the 2019 campaign.


In her time at College Hill, the Bears have had nine student-athletes earn All-Ivy honors. In 2018, Brown set program records for goals, points, draw controls and shots.


Prior to Brown, Jaquith was the head coach of the Salt City Snipers travel lacrosse team. In two years with the group, Jaquith instructed athletes ages 13-15 in fundamentals and organized drills.


Collegiately, Jaquith coached at two university camps, including Syracuse and Northwestern. In that role, she led athletes in skills, drills and games, while coordinating scheduling, set-up and breakdown with camp leaders.


Jaquith was an assistant coach with Upstate United Lacrosse in the summer of 2014. There, she led and planned drills while working alongside college teammates.


From 2011-13, Jaquith was the head coach of the Star Riders travel lacrosse team, where she instructed athletes ages 12-16 on fundamentals while also designing drills.


Jaquith graduated with a degree in public health from Syracuse in 2016 and was a five-year member of the women’s lacrosse team (2012-16, redshirt in 2013). The Cazenovia, N.Y. native recorded 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 24 games during her senior campaign. Jaquith helped guide the program to a season-high ranking of No. 2 in the country and to the NCAA Championship Semifinals.


In her five years with the Orange, Jaquith and her team reach three NCAA Championship Semifinals and two National Championship Finals. As a senior, she was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Brian Schneider

Brian Schneider, a former assistant coach with the Columbia women’s lacrosse program and the Yale men’s lacrosse team, will enter his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Brown University women’s lacrosse team in 2019.


In his time at College Hill, 12 student-athletes have earned All-Ivy honors. The 2018 squad set program records for goals, points, draw controls and shots. In 2017, the Bears' defense averaged the fourth best goals against average and save percentage in the Ivy League and posted a shutout, the program's second overall, versus Sacred Heart.


In his first season at Brown (2016), Schneider coached senior goalkeeper Victoria Holland, who finished the season with the fourth-best goals-against average in a season in program history. The Bears concluded 2016 third in the Ivy League in save percentage, fourth in saves per game and fourth in goals-against average.


Prior to Brown, Schneider served as an assistant coach with the Columbia University women’s team during the 2014 and 2015 seasons after working as an assistant coach with the Yale University men’s program for three seasons from 2011-13. He helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back Ivy League men’s lacrosse tournament titles in 2012 and 2013.


While at Columbia, Schneider mentored goalkeeper Kelsey Gedin who earned Second Team All-Ivy honors in 2015. Gedin led the Ancient Eight in both total saves (137) and saves per game (9.13).


During his time at Yale, Schneider focused his work on the team’s goalies and helped the Bulldogs make consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championship in 2012 and 2013. Yale reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 2013 and posted a 33-14 record over his three seasons.


A native of Rockville, Md., and a product of Georgetown Preparatory School, Schneider played collegiately as a goalie at Hofstra University from 2005-09. He earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Hofstra in 2009 and attained a master’s degree in print journalism from Northwestern University in 2010.

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