Wallace Promoted to Head Coach at American, Signs Extension

The American University Department of Athletics has announced a three-year contract extension for head lacrosse coach Emma Wallace, which runs through the 2016 season. Wallace had served as the interim head coach for the 2013 season before taking on the role permanently.

"I am very excited to be named the official head coach of AU lacrosse and am honored that I have the chance to keep working with a great group of student athletes who have proven their level of competitiveness on a national scale on and off the field," said Wallace. "I would like to thank the AU community and Dr. Walker for trusting me with this program and I look forward to making the most out of this opportunity."

Wallace led the Eagles to one of its best seasons in program history, matching the program record with five conference wins and earning its highest seed in the Patriot League tournament since 2008. American went 8-10 after starting 0-6 on the year and posted the program's first-ever upset of a ranked opponent, defeating then No. 12 Johns Hopkins 10-9 in overtime.

She helped develop freshman goalkeeper Teal Harrison, who became the program's first-ever Patriot League Rookie of the Year recipient. Wallace also helped lead American as it matched Navy for the most All-Patriot League selections in the conference with five. Academically, the Eagles led the conference with three Academic All-Patriot League honorees.

"We are so excited to have Emma continue to lead our program for many years to come," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Billy Walker. "In just one season with our program, Emma clearly demonstrated the type of superb leader, mentor and role model she is to our student-athletes both on and off the field."

Before joining the Eagles, Wallace was an assistant coach at the University of California– Berkeley and the Head Coach of the BearLax Lacrosse Club in Berkeley, Calif. She previously served as the varsity head coach at the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., the Highland School in Warrenton, Va. and the Upper Corner Lacrosse Club in northern Virginia.

Wallace played attack for Johns Hopkins and was a member of three NCAA tournament squads. She graduated with a degree in political science in 2007.

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