University of Lynchburg

University of Lynchburg Athletic Dept.
1501 Lakeside Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Bruce Reid

Bruce Reid took over the reins of the Lynchburg women's lacrosse program in 2003, and the program has taken a huge step forward in that span.

In 2019, Lynchburg had its 11th-straight .500-or-better season. The 2016 iteration of the Hornets women's lacrosse team carried a 7-2 record in conference play and earned the No. 3 seed in the ODAC tournament, advancing to the semifinals.

Reid's 2015 team advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling just one goal short of a title game bid. The Hornets scored a huge 10-5 upset win at Roanoke College in the quarterfinals.

In 2012, the Hornets finished 11-7 overall while hosting their second consecutive ODAC semifinal match-up. The Hornets were 12-5 during the spring of 2011, including an 8-1 record in conference play.

Lynchburg made it to the ODAC Championship in 2010, the first trip since 2001, and also posted 14 wins, the second best single-season total in team history. Lynchburg advanced into the ODAC Tournament semifinals for the first time in six years in the 2007 season, and Lynchburg had a four-game winning streak in a rebuilding 2008 campaign. The 2006 Hornets finished 7-6 on the year, while the 2005 unit had their best record since 2000 with a 10-4 mark.

Reid, the director of athletic facilities at the university, assisted the Lynchburg women’s lacrosse program in the spring of 2001. He served as the head men’s coach at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio from 1993-2000, earning the North Coast Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year Award in 1999. He was the men’s head coach at conference-rival Virginia Wesleyan and at Widener University in Chester, Pa., and was an assistant at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pa.

Reid earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation programming at the University of Maryland in 1982 and his master’s degree in recreation administration from Temple University in 1983.

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Liza Oakley

Liza Oakley joined the Lynchburg women’s lacrosse staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2018-19.

Oakley is a 2018 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmetsburg, Md., where she was a starting defender for the Mountaineers. In 2018, her senior year, she helped lead the third-best scoring defense in the NCAA. She also achieved Northeast Conference All-Academic Team honors each of her four seasons, earning her degree in business finance.

Oakley was also an intern with the Athletic Development Department at The Mount. In this role, she helped with alumni engagement, marketing, student relations, and helping conduct the operation side of sporting events.

In addition to her coaching duties, she will be matriculating through Lynchburg's master's in business administration program.

The West Hartford, Conn., native has also coached for Dodgers Lacrosse Club in her home state, where she helped the running of practices and supported various recruiting tournaments, and served as volunteer coach for Glastonbury (Conn.) Youth Lacrosse.

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