Since being announced as the first-ever head coach of the Radford women’s lacrosse program in October 2014, Haley Hardy has brought in incredible student-athletes that have experienced success both on and off the field.
Hardy is no stranger to the process of building a lacrosse program and promoting the emerging sport of women’s lacrosse with experience as a head coach and as a student-athlete. After she laid the groundwork with the hiring of assistant coach Julia Heaps, the recruiting of the program’s first class, and the countless hours of practice and film study, the Highlanders began competition in the Big South Conference in the spring of 2016.
The 2018 season - the program’s third year of competition - was full of milestone achievements for both the team and for individual players. The Highlanders set program records with three conference wins and four away wins while reaching the Big South Tournament for a second consecutive year.
Callie Bonnel became the second player in school history to earn All-Big South First Team honors while Juliette Ruland garnered Second Team considerations and Jenny Davis made the All-Academic Team. Bonnel and teammate Adrian Rius combined to set several school and Big South records in their junior seasons.
In just their second season of competition, the Highlanders had five more wins than in their inaugural year. Radford had two signature victories in year two beginning with its first conference win over Gardner-Webb. The Highlanders also picked up an 18-6 win over Presbyterian on April 15, 2017. It was the program’s first road win and first conference road win.
The two conference wins led the Highlanders to a spot in the 2017 Big South Lacrosse Tournament. It was the programs first spot in any postseason tournament and first appearance in the quarterfinals.
The year of firsts continued for Hardy and company as she had three players land postseason Big South honors. Emma Rogers was named First Team All-Conference and Callie Bonnel and Lindsey Carroll were named Second Team All-Conference.
Hardy came to Radford from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where she was the only coach the Pioneers had in two seasons of competition. In those two seasons against more established programs, Marvine led the Pioneers to a 12-13 overall record, including a 7-7 mark in 2014.
As a Big East Conference All-Academic student-athlete at the University of Cincinnati, Hardy was a four-year member of the first Bearcats lacrosse team, where she was a standout goalkeeper and team captain. She earned a degree in sports management from Cincinnati in 2011.
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Marvine’s coaching experience also includes several elite camps, including the Nike Cup Syracuse Camp and high-profile on-campus camps at Notre Dame, Duke, and Georgia Tech. She also coached at the club level in the Cincinnati metropolitan area for Natilax helping grow the sport in middle and high schools.
“I am excited to get back to the Division I level. It’s where I played collegiately and where I feel most at home,” Marvine said. “Having started the program at Transylvania at the Division III level, I am thrilled with the opportunity to start up another program, but this time at the Division I level at Radford with the resources available to a Division I program.”
“It’s all about recruiting,” Marvine said about the challenge of starting a program. “That’s a big part of any coach’s job, but when you are establishing a program, you are recruiting a little differently because you are getting players that are going to all play right away. I went through that at Cincinnati as a prospective student-athlete, so I can relate to the young women we are going to recruit in the beginning at RU. You also have to surround yourself with good people, so my first job is to put together a staff that can bring the best student-athletes possible to Radford.”