Julie Young enters her ninth season at the helm of Villanova women’s lacrosse in 2020. Young started her career as head coach of the Wildcats in 2012.
In her eighth season as head coach she helped lead the Wildcats to their first 10-win season in Villanova Women’s Lacrosse program history. She concluded the year 10-8 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Young also captured her second berth to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals as well as the program’s second appearance. Statistically, she had many members of the team rank nationally, in the BIG EAST and in Villanova women’s lacrosse program history. Devin Hassinger sits first in all-time career draw controls with 237 and Katie Comerford is second in all-time career points with 171. Alexa Moro, Sydney Frank, Liz Trojan and Ashley Lynch also find themselves among the all-time career and single season leaders.
At the end of the 2018 season, Young and her team had recorded an overall record of 9–7 and finished fifth in the BIG EAST with a conference record of 4-5. Her sophomore attacker, Katie Comerford earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team while senior Devin Hassinger set a single season record for draw controls with 83. Hassinger broke the previous record of 76, set by Jackie Froccaro in 2015.
In 2017, Young had coached her first BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in Comerford. The attacker became the first ever Villanova player to win BIG EAST Freshman of the Year after finishing the season as the top-scoring freshman in the conference with 40 goals, 16 assists and 56 points. She led the Wildcats in all three categories. Her 2.78 goals per game was third best in the conference, while her 3.89 points per game average ranked fifth.
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 finished her career ranked second all-time in draw controls with 138, tallying a season high 76 during her junior year.
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.
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 were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
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 No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
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.
2015 graduate Jessica Mucci, grabbed the all-time career assist record with 102. Mucci also grabbed the single-season assists record with 39 during her sophomore year in 2013.
Young has coached multiple BIG EAST first and second team members as head coach of the Wildcats. She has also mentored teams that have succeeded in the classroom, earning the IWLCA Team Academic Award and many individual IWLCA academic awards.
Prior to arriving to Villanova, Young was an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania starting in 2003, while also playing on the USA Women’s Lacrosse National Team from 2001-2004.
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. During the 2011 season one of Young’s players was named to the IWLCA All-American team for the first time in 11 years.
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, four-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.
Young is also the founder of Philly Blast Lacrosse Club.
Julie and her husband Mike have four children, Kelsey, Sydney, Graham and Payton. The Young’s reside in Berwyn, PA.