University of Indianapolis

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Division 2 Indiana Midwest
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James Delaney

James Delaney was officially named the second head coach in program history after the 2018 season, leading the Greyhounds to their first NCAA tournament berth in just the program's third season.


Delaney led UIndy to its second straight NCAA Midwest regional appearance and GLIAC title in 2019, racking up an 18-2 record, including a perfect 12-0 mark in league play. The Greyhounds claimed the GLIAC regular season title before downing Grand Valley State in overtime to once again win the tournament crown.


The Greyhound attack has become one of the best in the country under Delaney, leading NCAA Division II in scoring offense and scoring margin this past spring. Three attackers, including one midfielder, were named IWLCA All-Region performers in 2019, with Destinie Katz being named the GLIAC Attacker of the Year. Seven primary goal scorers were recognized as All-GLIAC players, with Grace Gunneson joining Katz as the league's leading point-getter.


Delaney was named the conference's coach of the year after leading the Greyhounds to an unblemished mark. In all, 10 players were named All-GLIAC, with Riley McClure claiming the Defender of the Year award and Cassidy King earning Goalkeeper and Freshman of the Year honors.


"I would like to thank Dr. Willey, Scott Young, Jackie Paquette and the entire UIndy family for giving me an opportunity to work in such a great athletic department. This past season was very special. I know I speak for the entire team that we are eager to build off of the success we had in just our third season and will continue to prove people wrong that continue to doubt us. I am so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue the journey of building a national championship program here at UIndy."


Under his tutelage on the offensive end, the Greyhounds produced six attackers/midfielders on an all-GLIAC team and three on an all-region squad, including two first-teamers in Delaney Davidson and Lauryn Hardoy.


Prior to taking the head job, Delaney was the Hounds’ offensive coordinator in 2017, helping the second-year program finish 13-5 overall and 5-2 in the GLIAC, more than double its win total from 2016. Delaney mentored GLIAC Attacker of the Year, Chalane Morrison, as well as All-GLIAC second-teamer Anna Rulapaugh and Honorable Mention recipient Grace Gunneson.


The three helped UIndy score more than 14 goals per game, and each finished in the top 12 among GLIAC attackers in points. UIndy also set program records for goals in a 26-3 rout against Northern Michigan, and Morrison claimed both the goals (8) and points (11) single-game records in 2017.


Delaney, a 2013 graduate of Seton Hill University, came to the Circle City following a two-year stint as an assistant at GLIAC-rival Tiffin University. In his time with the Dragons, the Vancouver native helped direct the program to its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent – a 16-15 OT win over perennial GLIAC-power Grand Valley State in 2016. It was GVSU’s first conference loss in four-plus seasons.


Additionally, for the first time in program history Tiffin received votes in 2016 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Delaney helped mold attacker Emily Roussel, who tallied a conference-high 145 goals over two seasons. Her IWLCA All-America Second-Team nod in 2016 was just the second All-American honor in school history. The other came in the form of former goalie Jessica Bombard, who was a First Team All-American in 2015 under the tutelage of Delaney.


A three-time USILA All-American during his playing days, the former Seton Hill standout still ranks as the school’s all-time leading scorer from the Midfield position. Delaney was twice named the USILA Midfielder of the Year and captained the 2013 Griffin team that qualified for the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament. He was inducted into the Seton Hill Hall of Fame in July 2018.


After his time with the Griffins, Delaney was selected in the second round of the 2013 National Lacrosse League Draft by the Philadelphia Wings, and was later drafted by the Ohio Machine in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Draft.

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Erin Abbott

Erin Abbott joined the UIndy women's lacrosse staff in the fall of 2017, serving as the Greyhounds' defensive coordinator while playing a large role in player development and recruiting. Beginning in the fall of the 2019-20 academic year, Abbott will also be assisting Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Scott Young with minor compliance issues.


The Greyhound defense rose to newer heights in 2019 under Abbott, finishing the spring with the best scoring defense in all of NCAA Division II. UIndy surrendered just 5.2 goals per game en route to its second straight NCAA tournament berth, including the team's second consecutive GLIAC championship.


Four defenders were named All-GLIAC this season, with Riley McClure earning her second straight Defender of the Year honor. Trisha Koning, Erika Mayette, and Lauren Wagner were also named all-conference, with McClure and Wagner earning spots on the IWLCA All-Region squads. McClure was named an IWLCA Third-Team All-American after breaking her own program records in ground balls and caused turnovers, marking the second time the Ancaster, Ontario product has been recognized as one of the best players in the country.


In her first season on the Greyhound bench, Abbott made immediate strides for a team that ranked in the top 25 in scoring defense at the end of the season. The former All-American defender helped sophomore Riley McClure earn GLIAC Defender of the Year honors, as well as Darby Smith earn an honorable-mention nod by the conference as a rookie.


Abbott takes over as the Hounds' top assistant after completing a standout career as a student-athlete at Division II-power Lindenwood University. She was a four-year all-conference performer and two-time All-American, leading the Lady Lions to three NCAA Championship semifinal appearances. She finished her collegiate career as the program's all-time leader in ground balls (174), draw controls (192) and caused turnovers (112).


"Coach Abbott brings a wealth of experience competing in multiple Final Fours during her time as a player," said Delaney. "Our goal for this program is to be an NCAA Tournament team and a National Championship contender, and I know her experience will help us get there."


Abbott was also a three-year team captain at Lindenwood. The Whitby, Ontario native was named All-America First Team by the IWLCA in both 2016 and 2017, while garnering RMAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades both seasons.


"Coach Abbott is one of the most decorated defenders in Division II history," added Delaney, "and we're lucky to have her join the Greyhound family. Not only will she bring a ton of knowledge to help improve our program, but she will serve as a positive role model for our players."


Abbott married Carney Gillin in August 2019, who is the brother of UIndy football assistant coach Casey Gillin.

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