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).