University of NC - Chapel Hill

UNC Athletic Department
P.O. Box 2126 Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Public Large National competitor


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Jenny Levy

Entering her 24th season as the North Carolina head coach, Jenny Levy is among the best coaches in women’s lacrosse history.

Levy ranks third in NCAA Division I history in career wins, is a two-time national champion and a two-time National Coach of the Year. She was named the head coach of the United States National Team in November of 2017.

Levy enters 2019 with a career record of 329-113, including 72-31 in ACC play, in 23 seasons.

She has led the Tar Heels to 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament semifinals, including seven in the last 10 years. Her 32 NCAA Tournament wins rank fifth in NCAA history.

Levy became the fourth coach in women’s lacrosse history to win an NCAA championship as a player (with Virginia in 1991) and as a head coach. She is the eighth coach to win multiple NCAA titles.

In 2018, Carolina advanced to the NCAA final four for the seventh time in 10 years.

In 2016, UNC set a school record for most wins (20) and fewest losses (two) in a season, went 7-0 to win the ACC regular season and won the second ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament titles in program history. The Tar Heels also won a program-record 17 games in a row to close the season. Levy earned National Coach of the Year honors after the season.

In 2013, Carolina beat defending national champion Northwestern in the NCAA semifinals, then downed top-ranked Maryland 13-12 in three overtimes for the title in one of the most thrilling games in the sport’s history. She earned national-coach-of-the-year honors from Inside Lacrosse, the IWLCA and Lacrosse Magazine.

Former UNC players Kristen Carr, Jen Russell, Laura Zimmerman and Marie McCool won gold medals with the 2017 U.S. World Cup team.

The only head coach in UNC women’s lacrosse history and among the collegiate game’s most noted figures, Levy built the Tar Heel program from scratch.

Levy has guided Carolina to 20 NCAA Tournament bids, 10 NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances, four Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the 2013 and 2016 NCAA titles in her 23 seasons. She is a four-time ACC Coach of the Year.

She has served on a number of Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) committees, including as chair of the Rules Committee from 2001-06. She has served on the Rules, Safety and Games Committee (2015-present), Rules Committee (1995-2001), the All-America Committee (national chair from 2003-06 and the South Region chair from 1999-2002). Levy served on the NCAA Rules Committee from 2006-08 and is a member of the US Lacrosse Board (IWLCA representative).

An outstanding women’s lacrosse player at the University of Virginia from 1988-92 and an assistant field hockey and assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Georgetown University from 1993-94, Levy was named as Carolina’s first women’s lacrosse coach in October 1994.

She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in rhetoric and communications and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1992-93 and again in 1995. Levy (then known as Jenny Slingluff) played at UVa from 1988-1992. She led the Cavaliers to the 1991 NCAA championship, scoring three goals in the title game and five in the semifinal, leading to her selection as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Attacker. A two-time first-team All-America, Levy was named the 1992 NCAA Attacker of the Year. In 2002, she was named one of the top 50 players in ACC history.

She married Dan Levy of Baltimore, Md., in June 1998. Dan is a 1993 UNC graduate who played lacrosse at Carolina for four years, starring on the 1991 NCAA championship team. The couple has three children - Ryan (born in Jan. 2002), Alec (born in Sept. 2003) and Kathryn (born in July 2006).

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Phil Barnes

One of the nation’s most experienced assistant coaches and a keen-eyed recruiter, Phil Barnes has been a key part of Carolina’s women’s lacrosse success since 2004. In November 2012, the IWLCA named Barnes its assistant coach of the year.

On the field, Barnes works with the Tar Heel defense and goalkeepers, while also heading up the program’s recruiting efforts.

Barnes’ defensive tutelage has paid off for the Tar Heels. In 2009, Logan Ripley earned National Goalkeeper of the Year honors and Amber Falcone was named the National Defender of the Year. Jen Russell was named National Defender of the Year in 2010. Caylee Waters was the 2015 National Goalie of the Year, and Waters shared National Goalie of the Year honors with teammate Megan Ward in 2016.

Two of the gold-medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Team’s defenders were former Tar Heel defenders: Russell and Kristen Carr.

Barnes is a former head coach at Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts who also has coached prep lacrosse.

He was the head coach at UMass for three seasons (2000-02), capturing the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships and leading the nation in scoring defense in 2000.

Barnes was an assistant coach at UMass during the 1998 and ’99 seasons prior to taking over as head coach. He was also the head coach at the College of the Holy Cross during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, earning Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year honors in ‘96.

Barnes earned a B.A. in history from Assumption College in 1998. He is a native of Milford, N.H.

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Katrina Dowd

Katrina Dowd returned to the University of North Carolina as an associate head coach to Jenny Levy in August of 2018.

Dowd serves as UNC's offensive coordinator and draw specialist coach. She also assists Levy and longtime assistant coach and director of recruiting Phil Barnes in scouting, recruiting and all other aspects of guiding the Carolina program.

Dowd returns to Carolina after two years as the head coach at Oregon, where she compiled a record of 18-17 from 2017-18.

Prior to departing for Oregon, Dowd was an assistant coach at Carolina for four seasons from 2013-16, helping lead the Tar Heels to NCAA titles in 2013 and 2016. With Dowd at the helm of the offense, players like Molly Hendrick, Aly Messinger, Kara Cannizzaro, Sammy Jo Tracy and others broke UNC scoring and draw control records, and the Tar Heels ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and eighth in draw controls per game in their national title season in 2016.

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Dowd was a two-time first-team IWLCA All-America at Northwestern (2009, 2010), winning three NCAA championships (2007, 2008, 2009). She was the 2010 IWLCA Attacker of the Year and a Tewaaraton Award finalist, finishing the season with 110 points on 77 goals and 33 assists. She led the '09 Wildcats to their third consecutive national title, scoring a team-high 75 goals.

In her career, Dowd compiled 209 goals and 58 assists for 267 total points in 88 games. She finished her career fourth in Northwestern history in goals, and in the Top 10 in assists, ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls.

She is one of the most decorated international players in the sport's history, starring for the U.S. National Team from 2008-14. She scored a World Cup-record 26 goals in 2013 to lead the Americans to a gold medal. She earned All-World honors for her efforts and was named the Best Women's Player honor for 2013 by Lacrosse Magazine.

Dowd has starred professionally in the United Women's Lacrosse League, earning all-star honors while leading the Long Island Sound to a 2016 league championship.

Prior to coming to Carolina in 2013, Dowd coached at Syracuse during the 2012 season, helping lead the Orange to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history. Before her stint at Syracuse, she coached at the University of Denver for the 2011 season.

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