BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Head coach Phil Schuman has announced the hiring of Lindsey McDonald as assistant women's lacrosse coach at Campbell University, effective May 1.
McDonald will join the Fighting Camel staff from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., where she currently serves as assistant coach while pursuing a master's degree in organizational leadership.
A 2009 graduate of McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., McDonald helped lead Mercyhurst to a 13-6 overall record last season. She is involved in all aspects of the program, including on-field coaching, practice and game preparation and recruiting as well as assisting in academic progress, strength and conditioning, scheduling and fund-raising.
In addition, she serves as head coach of the 2014 team for the Rebels Lacrosse Club in Olney, Md.
"Our main goal at Campbell is to build our program with good people that will represent our program and institution at a high level," said Coach Schuman. "I am confident Lindsey will do that. She comes to Campbell highly recommended and has done a great job recruiting at Mercyhurst. I am confident those efforts and production will carry over to Campbell. She has been around good lacrosse her whole life and is a great addition to our Campbell family. I couldn't be more excited for Lindsey and our program."
McDonald's past coaching experience includes serving as head coach of the CMD Lacrosse 2013 club team and assistant coach at Damascus (Md.) High School.
She also served as the head club coach and local development officer for English Lacrosse in the United Kingdom from 2009-10. While overseas, she promoted the sport at local public schools and implemented several new facets of the game, including an end of the season tournament.
McDonald was a four-year player in both lacrosse and field hockey at McDaniel College. She earned all-league honors in lacrosse in the Division III Centennial Conference, which has produced three of the last five national championship teams.
"I would like to thank Coach Schuman and the rest of the athletic staff and administration for giving me the opportunity to join them at Campbell University," said McDonald. "Campbell is a great institution and environment for building a successful women's lacrosse program from the ground up. I am eager to begin working with Coach Schuman, the administration, athletic department staff, and student-athletes here at CU."
In April 2011, the Campbell University Board of Trustees voted on and approved the addition of women's lacrosse as the 21st sport in CU's Division I athletics program. Coach Schuman has spent the 2011-12 academic year recruiting student-athletes and preparing for the program's first varsity season in the spring of 2013.
The Big South Conference will have eight members to participate in women's lacrosse during the 2013 season – Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Davidson (associate), High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian and Winthrop.
With eight members, the Big South is immediately eligible to apply for an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, beginning with the 2013 season. The Big South is in the process of determining scheduling, championship format and award recognitions, among others, leading up to the inaugural 2013 campaign.