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Mindy McCord is in her eighth season as the Jacksonville women's lacrosse head coach and has compiled a record of 94-40 in her first seven years with the Dolphins. Overall, this is her 28th season as a coach at the high school or collegiate level.
As the first-ever coach for the women's lacrosse program, McCord has quickly led the Dolphins to six consecutive conference championships, spanning both the ASUN Conference and National Lacrosse Conference, and three NCAA playoff appearances. Under her direction, the Dolphins have earned 16 NCAA statistical championships and one individual statistical title (Rachel Hannon, Draw Control).
JU has set the standard for offensive success over McCord’s tenure, leading the nation in scoring for four successive years, the latest in 2014, while finishing second in the 2015 season with an average of 15.5 goals per game. In 2016, JU led the nation in scoring margin and points per game.
The Dolphins won the ASUN regular season title with another perfect season in conference play. In addition to the NCAA-best scorign margin and points per game, JU boasted the second-best scoring offense, was third in assists per game, sixth in scoring defense, and ninth in caused turnovers per game. McCord was again named the conference's Coach of the Year, and led seven players to First or Second-Team honors, as well as the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year in Ashtyn Hiron.
In its best season yet, Jacksonville recorded a program-high 17 wins in 2015 to secure its third consecutive ASUN championship. The Dolphins exited the NCAA Tournament in the opening round, falling 13-8 against Massachusetts, but left on a high note. The campaign ended with a program-best 11-game winning streak, and set a new single season best in points (467) and assists (156). The defense also surrendered a program-low 146 goals. It marked the first time the Dolphins earned a statistical championship in assists while also finishing first in scoring margin and ground balls.
The Dolphins were crowned Atlantic Sun champions in 2014 after trumping Detroit, 18-4, in the title game. Lauded for their offensive and defensive prowess, over the course of the season the Dolphins earned 11 A-Sun Player of the Week honors, 10 All-Atlantic honorees including Player of the Year (Morgan Derner) and Defensive Player of the Year (Britt Orashen), and three Academic All-Conference recipients including Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Ali Hoffman).
The program continued to receive national attention as it brought NCAA statistical titles in scoring (15.4 per game) and ground balls (24.25) back to the First Coast and closed the season with the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) honoring the team and four student-athletes for academic achievements.
Collectively, JU’s grade point average earned the team a spot on the Division I Academic Honor Squad while former Fins Alexandra Hoffman (Finance) and Kaitlin Stewart (Computer Art and Graphic Design) joined rising seniors Tori Seitz (Accounting) and Holly Ventimiglia (Physical Education) on the Academic Honor Roll.
Directing the Dolphins to a 13-6 record in the 2013 campaign, the team was ranked first in the NCAA in scoring (15.86 goals per game), caused turnovers (11+ per game) and ground balls (25+ per game). To top off her amazing 2013 season, Coach McCord was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year and was also selected to coach the IWLCA Division I Senior All Star Game as the coach of the South team. Twelve players earned individual all-conference awards at the conclusion of the season.
Coach McCord’s team also proved to be scholar athletes with a combined team GPA of 3.47 which was the second highest team average in Div. 1 women’s lacrosse. Her squad earned the IWLCA's highest academic recognition in 2013 and has posted a remarkable team GPA higher than 3.3 since 2011.
In their third year, McCord guided the Dolphins to the title in 2012 as JU won the conference tournament on top of a 6-1 NLC record. The Dolphins beat rival High Point 19-6 in the final capping a season-ending run that saw the team give up a paltry 5.5 goals per game in the last eight contests while winning eight of their last nine. Coach McCord landed her 100th career victory in the 20-10 win over Louisville on March 12, 2012.
On top of winning the NLC title, 2012 saw the Dolphins lead the country in scoring (18.6 goals per game) for the second consecutive year and defender Rachel Hannon set the NCAA all-time record for draw controls in a season (131).
In just their second year, McCord guided the Dolphins to a regular season NLC championship in 2011, posting a 7-0 record in league play and a 14-5 overall mark. The Dolphins also won two NLC Tournament contests, advancing to the conference championship game against High Point.
JU led all Division I teams in scoring average, posting 308 goals in 19 games for a 16.21 goals-per-game average. McCord’s team joined Stanford, Maryland and national-champion Northwestern as one of just four programs to crack the 300-goal mark. The Dolphins also thrived in the classroom, recording a collective 3.34 grade-point-average.
In 2010, McCord's team finished first nationally in ground balls in finishing its inaugural campaign 7-11. That season also included the first victory in JU history when the Dolphins beat Detroit-Mercy, 15-13. In building a program from scratch, McCord earned co-NLC "Coach of the Year" honors after JU advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament.
As a women's lacrosse and field hockey coach, McCord has accumulated 237 wins in two sports at all levels. Her teams have earned either first-place championships or runner-up status 11 times during her 22 seasons as a head coach. McCord has recruited and developed 11 All-Americans, 23 regional All-Americans, and four conference players of the year.
McCord’s coaching career began while studying for her masters in Counselor Education at Virginia Tech. While attending the school, she coached the women’s lacrosse club team for two years, helping them to earn Division I status in the ACC.
Her full-time coaching career began as a 23-year old head coach at prestigious Oberlin College in Ohio. As one of the NCAA’s youngest head coaches, she hit the ground running winning consecutive lacrosse conference titles in 1997 and 1998. During the 1997 season, her squad boasted an undefeated conference record (11-0), leading to North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. The two titles were the only two championships won by any program at Oberlin College during her four-year tenure.
She continued her career at McDaniel College as head field hockey and lacrosse coach. While in her hometown (Westminster, Md.), McCord won the school’s first and only conference title in field hockey, where she is the all-time winningest coach (61) and has the school’s best winning percentage (.640). For her efforts during the 2002 season, McCord was named Centennial Conference Coach of the year in field hockey.
She rebuilt the lacrosse program at McDaniel, helping the program to a 10-6 record in 2002 and establishing recruiting in-roads that have led to McDaniel becoming a consistent top-25 program.
McCord moved to the First Coast in 2004 and immediately began spreading her joy of lacrosse in the community by building and consulting with youth leagues, high school programs and officials groups. She took over a fledgling program at Nease High School in 2006. The program had won only 3 games in their first 3 seasons combined, but in her first season at the helm, Nease won 4 games and climbed to a top-20 ranking in the State of Florida. Nease went on to win consecutive district titles, and back-to-back #8 rankings in Florida in '07 and '08. During the 2008 season, Nease finished with a record of 13-5 and a ranking of #16 in the southern United States. During her final season at Nease, McCord earned her 100th win as a lacrosse coach (102-73). For her efforts at Nease, Mindy was named by her peers as US Lacrosse-Orlando’s Coach of the Year.
McCord co-founded with her husband a national travel lacrosse club called the Lax Maniax Elite. This club has helped more than 80 young women from Florida go on to play lacrosse in college and has boasted 22 high school all-Americans. The program won the 2007 and 2008 Southeastern Lacrosse championship and is recognized as the leading national club in the south.
As a player, McCord has national and international playing experience. She was a four-year starter at Lynchburg (VA) College; earning rookie of the year, team captain, all conference, regional All-American, and North/South Senior All Star game honors. Coach McCord also played while studying abroad in Australia.
McCord was born in Westminster, Md., and attended Westminster High School where she played field hockey, lacrosse, and ran track, earning honors in all three sports. In her senior year, she founded and implemented the first lacrosse club in Carroll County, Md., for middle and high school girls. Her husband Paul, is the associate head coach at JU. Their daughter Taylor, played and graduated from Jacksonville and the couple welcomed a son, Lytton, in 2015. The family lives in Neptune Beach, Fla.