Julie Young enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Villanova women’s lacrosse program in 2017.
The 2016 campaign saw grad student Jackie Froccaro conclude her illustrious Wildcat career as the second all-time leading scorer in program history, finishing her career with 130 goals and 24 assists for a total of 154 points. The grad student also scooped up 54 ground balls in her four seasons.
Young has coached a total of eight BIG EAST first and second team members in her first five seasons as the head coach of the Wildcats. Froccaro and senior Chelsey Henderson have been the most recent Wildcats to earn BIG EAST postseason honors, as both landed on the second team in their final season at Villanova.
She has mentored teams that have succeeded on and off the field, as the Wildcats earned the IWLCA Team Academic Award in 2016, as five Wildcats earned individual IWLCA Academic awards.
The 2015 season saw many firsts for the program; the team qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament, senior Froccaro was named BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, and four players during 2015 were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
2015 graduate Jessica Mucci, holds the all-time assist record with 102 during her career as a Wildcat. Mucci also holds the single-season record assists with 39 during her sophomore year (2013).
The Wildcats defeated their first ranked team in program history in the 2016 season, taking down #19 Delaware 11-9 at Villanova Stadium. The Blue Hens were previously undefeated on the road.
From 2014 to 2015, Villanova posted a winning record. In 2015, the Wildcats finished 9-7 and 4-3 in the BIG EAST. Their nine win season was the most wins since 2002.
It was a strong 12-10 victory over fellow BIG EAST team Vanderbilt in the regular season that gave the Wildcats their playoff spot. With two late goals, the first with 4:35 and the last with 0:04; both scored by Mucci and assisted by Froccaro that gave the Wildcats the lead and the win. This win guaranteed the Wildcat’s the #4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Young went to Princeton where she earned a B.A. in psychology while being a two sport athlete; playing both soccer and lacrosse.
A two-time Tigers soccer captain, three time MVP, four time All-Ivy selection, and three time Mid-Atlantic Regional All America, Young was named the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award winner during her senior year. This is awarded annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman.
During her four years on the lacrosse team, the Tigers made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, in 2000 playing in the national championship game and in 2001 the national semifinals game. She was a three-time IWLCA All America, 4-time All-Ivy selection winner, and named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. During her senior year, she was named a top five finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which is annually awarded to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player.
Following her time as a student athlete, Young played for the USA Women’s Lacrosse National Team from 2001-2004 while also being an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania starting in 2003.
During her six years at Penn, Young assisted head coach Karin Brower and helped the team to five consecutive winning seasons. During the 2007 season the team made it to the semifinals and in 2008 the national championship game in the NCAA Tournament. Young coached seven All-Americans during her time at Penn and helped coach the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in the Ivy League.
In 2008, Young took her first head coaching position at Haverford College, after her first season she was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year (2009). The following two seasons she led the team to the program’s first conference tournament. In 2010, the team set the highest single season win total in program history with 13. For the first time in 11 years during the 2011 season one of Young’s players was named to the IWLCA All-American team.
Young moved down the road to Villanova University in 2012 to take over as the head coach for the women’s lacrosse program. During her four complete seasons as a Wildcat Young has built the program into BIG EAST Tournament contenders.
Young is also active in the local lacrosse community. She is the founder of the Philly Blast Lacrosse Club and the co-director of the BaggataGirls. She was also a founding member the Philly Women’s Lacrosse League, which gives the opportunity for post-collegiate player to continue to play lacrosse.
From 2011-2013, Young served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the IWLCA.
Julie and her husband Mike have four children, Kelsey, Sydney, Graham, and newborn Payton, who was born on October 25, 2016. The Young’s reside in Berwyn, Pa.