Nichols College

Nichols College Athletics
124 Center Road Dudley, MA 01571
Division 3 Massachusetts Northeast
Private Small Developing team


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Will Mraz

William Mraz was named the 10th in Nichols College women's lacrosse program history on October 1, 2019 and begins his fourth season at the helm of the program in 2023.

The 2022 campaign was a banner year for the Bison as they won a program-record 11 games while setting single-season records for assists (65), ground balls (500), caused turnovers (192), shots (501), and goals against average (GAA) (10.04). Three student-athletes – Hadley Houghton, McKenzie Muir, and Erin Anthony – received CCC All-Conference honors while another nine were named to the CCC Academic All-Conference Team. Nichols qualified for the conference playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Bison played just two games under Mraz before the 2020 campaign was canceled. Last spring, 10 of Mraz’s student-athletes were named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Academic All-Conference Team.

A veteran of more than 30 years of coaching at both the collegiate and international levels, currently and will continue to serve as the head coach of the Czech Republic Women’s National Team. He guided them to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 European Cup and saw four players finish in the top 10 in scoring. The team set European Cup records for most goals scored and fewest goals allowed, and were invited by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) to compete at the 2021 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. They will also compete for the World Cup in 2021.

Mraz – who served two stints as the head coach of the Fairfield University women’s club lacrosse program (2012-16; 2018-19) – spent the 2017-18 school year as an assistant coach at William & Mary, which is a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA). He worked directly with the Tribe goalkeepers and was instrumental in the development of both offensive and defensive game strategies while assisting with recruiting and practice planning. Mraz saw two student-athletes earn CCC Rookie of the Week honors while another earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades, and a fourth received All-Rookie Team honors.

As the head coach of Maine Maritime in 2016-17, Mraz helped the Mariners establishes a single-season program record for wins as they advanced to the semifinals of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) for the first time in school history. Maine Maritime set a total of 34 school records during his time as head coach, and the team earned International Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA)/Zag Sports Academic Honors.

Mraz began his collegiate coaching career in 1993 as an assistant with the startup men’s lacrosse program at Fairfield University. In four seasons with the Stags, Mraz helped the program record their first winning record in 1996 and advance to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) playoffs. He then returned to the collegiate ranks – albeit on the women’s side – in 2014 when he joined the University of Bridgeport. He spent two seasons with the Purple Knights, helping them win a program-record 12 games in 2015 while establishing school records for both goals/game (12.94) and goals against average (GAA) (7.53).

Mraz co-founded the Wakemans; Boys and Girls Lacrosse Club in 1988 and worked as head coach of their Girls Elite Travel Teams until 2016. He was responsible for management of all travel girls teams, skill instruction, game strategies and coaching, scheduling, and practice lessons. Mraz saw participation grow from 45 to over 800 boys and girls during that span.

A 1973 graduate of Fairfield University, Mraz was a two-sport athlete and captain of the men's lacrosse team. In addition to being inducted into both the Staples High School and Fairfield University Athletics Hall of Fame for his success in lacrosse (1999), he received the 2016 Fairfield University Founders Award for his 'Outstanding Contribution and Dedicated Service to the Sport of Lacrosse.’

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