Julia Steier Tabbed as the Next Lacrosse Head Coach at Drew

MADISON, N.J. (August 24, 2012) Athletics Director Jason Fein announced today that Julia Steier will be the next head lacrosse coach at Drew University. Steier spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Division I Sacred Heart University and will succeed Kim Christos, who announced her resignation in June.

"We're delighted to have Julia join our team at Drew," said Fein. "Her energy and enthusiasm stood out amongst the excellent pool of candidates. Her passion for lacrosse and her ability to teach the game to motivated student-athletes makes her the perfect fit. We're looking forward to continuing the long-standing tradition of national caliber lacrosse here at Drew."

While on staff at Sacred Heart, the Pioneers won two Northeast Conference Regular Season Championships and a conference title in 2010, earning them a spot in the NCAA Tournament play-in game. In three seasons Steier was a part of the coaching staff that received Coach of the Years honors in 2010 and had 11 All-Conference selections, including one Player of the Year and one Goalkeeper of the Year. Sacred Heart posted a record of 23-7 in Steier's time as an assistant.

"I'm elated to be joining the Drew University family and I couldn't thank Jason Fein and the rest of the search committee enough for affording me the opportunity to lead the women's lacrosse program," said Steier. "I'd also like to thank Laura Cook (head women's lacrosse coach at Sacred Heart) and the SHU administrators for their support over the last three years."

Prior to her tenure at Sacred Heart, Steier helped turn around an 0-15 Wilkes team to a 9-8 squad in just two seasons. While at Wilkes she was responsible for coordinating the offense and dramatically improved offensive production from 147th in the country to 27th.

Steier also spent her playing days in the Northeast Conference, starring at Central Connecticut State. She served as the team's captain her senior year and currently ranks second all-time in assists. Upon graduation she owned three different scoring records and ranked second in program history in draw controls. In the classroom she was recognized as a three-time Northeast Conference Honor Roll member.

"Drew is an extremely attractive school because of its great reputation for academic excellence, strong athletic programs and its family atmosphere," Steier added. "The Rangers women's lacrosse program has tremendous potential and I look forward to encouraging the student-athletes to go above and beyond both on and off the field so they can realize that anything is possible."

Steier will take over an 8-9 Rangers squad that has made 15-straight conference tournaments and two NCAA Tournament appearances since entering the Landmark Conference in 2008. Steier assume her role officially on August 27th.

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