Julia Braun Returns to Bucknell as Assistant Lacrosse Coach

LEWISBURG, Pa. Julia Braun, a 2011 Bucknell graduate and a two-time All-Patriot League midfielder, is returning to the Bison lacrosse program as an assistant coach, head coach Randall Goldsborough announced. Braun, who ranks seventh on Bucknell's all-time points list, recently received her master's degree in exercise physiology from Long Island University.

Braun received the Dean's Scholar Award for Academic Excellence while pursuing her graduate degree at LIU Brooklyn. At the same time she served as a graduate assistant coach with the Blackbirds' women's lacrosse team and also worked with the LIU strength and conditioning staff.

This summer Braun has been working as a sports performance intern at Velocity Sports Performance in Mahwah, N.J., training elite and youth athletes. The Tomkins Cove, N.Y., native also has coaching experience with Stick2Stick Lacrosse in New Jersey.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Julia back to our program," said Goldsborough. "Being an outstanding women's lacrosse player herself at Bucknell, Julia possesses a deep knowledge of what it takes to be a successful Bucknell student-athlete, and she will be a terrific resource for our current and future players. I look forward to having our student-athletes benefit from both her dedication to Bucknell, and also her depth of knowledge on the field."

At Bucknell, Braun majored in biology and was a member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. She was a four-year starting midfielder for the Bison women's lacrosse squad, and she earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors in 2009 and 2010. As a junior in 2010, Braun led the team in all six major statistical categories, making her one of only two players in the nation to accomplish that feat that season. She set career highs in goals (37) and points (47) in 2010 and was the No. 6 goal-scorer in the Patriot League.

Braun ranks in the top 10 on Bucknell's career charts in five different categories. She ranks sixth in goals (116), seventh in points (143), fifth in ground balls (132), second in draw controls (160) and third in caused turnovers (76). Her eight ground balls in a game against Lehigh in 2009 are tied for the school record.

"I am very excited to be returning to Bucknell as the second assistant coach for the women's lacrosse team," said Braun. "I want to thank Coach Goldsborough and Director of Athletics John Hardt for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to the professional development that I will experience by joining an already excellent coaching staff and an athletic department that has already given me so much. The program is headed in a very good direction, and I am extremely excited to be a part of that progress."

Braun joins Goldsborough and assistant coach Forrest Stillwell to give Bucknell a three-person coaching staff. A very young Bison squad won four of its final six games in 2013 to finish with a 5-12 overall record. Bucknell is expected to return nine starters in 2014.


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