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University of NC - Chapel Hill

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P.O. Box 2126 Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
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Jenny Levy

Entering her 27th season as the North Carolina head coach in 2022, Hall of Famer 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 head coach of the United States National Team in November of 2017.


Levy has a career record of 373-118, including 88-33 in ACC play, in 26 previous seasons entering 2022.


In 2021, she was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.


She has led the Tar Heels to 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament semifinals, including nine in the last 12 Tournaments. Her 36 NCAA Tournament wins are tied for fourth 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 2021, UNC won its first 20 games and its fifth consecutive ACC championship on the way to reaching its ninth NCAA semifinal in the last 12 tournaments.


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 22 NCAA Tournament bids, 12 NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances, six Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the 2013 and 2016 NCAA titles in her 26 seasons. She is a six-time ACC Coach of the Year.


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. In the fall of 2018, Emma Trenchard earned a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Training Team under head coach Jenny Levy. Trenchard was later named the 2019 ACC Defender of the Year in a vote by the league’s coaches.


Two of the gold-medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Team’s defenders were former Tar Heel defenders: Kristen Carr (‘10) and Jen Russell (‘10).


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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Emily Parros

UNC graduate Emily Parros returned to the Tar Heel women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in October of 2020.


Parros, an NCAA champion at North Carolina in 2013, spent the previous four years as an assistant coach at East Carolina while continuing to play professionally and for the U.S. National Team.


"We are so excited to welcome our own Emily Garrity Parros back to Carolina," UNC head coach Jenny Levy said upon Parros' hiring. "Emily is a champion in every way – she is a great human being who our players will love. She is a natural connector who is a selfless leader and a hard worker, and is passionate about the University of North Carolina and our women's lacrosse program."


Known as Emily Garrity during her UNC career, Parros started in the midfield for the Tar Heel from 2010-13, earning All-America, All-Atlantic Coast Conference and ACC All-Tournament honors. She was a two-time captain and was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as a senior. An exercise and sport science major, she twice earned All-ACC Academic Team honors.


After graduating from UNC in 2013 she spent a year coaching and teaching on the high school level in Orlando, Fla., where she also coached club lacrosse. She then spent two seasons on the staff at James Madison before moving to ECU.


In addition to her coaching career, Parros continues to play for the U.S. National Team and in the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX) as a member of the Philadelphia Force.


She is married to another Tar Heel, Clayton Parros, who was a sprinter on the track & field team at UNC and is now the coach at Mount Olive University.

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