Villareal Named Salve Regina's New Head Lacrosse Coach

NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University director of athletics Colin Sullivan announced that Bill Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) is the school's new head coach for women's lacrosse. Villareal will bring over 30 years of lacrosse experience to the university.

"I am looking forward to working with Bill," said Sullivan. "Coach Villareal is a great fit for Salve and will bring tremendous energy, passion, and coaching knowledge to our women's lacrosse program."

Villareal, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, was first introduced to lacrosse in the early 1980s as a student at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Md. He is a former defenseman at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. and former defensemen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Villareal has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach under Patrick Cooney for Salve Regina and is confident that his transition from the men's game to the women's will be a smooth one.

"I feel very comfortable going from men's to women's lacrosse since I've been coaching both games for awhile now," said Villareal. "The Salve Athletic Department and the women's lacrosse seniors have made the transition to the women's lacrosse team a very smooth process."

Not only is Villareal moving from men's lacrosse to women's but also he will be transitioning from being an assistant coach to the head coach. Villareal says he will draw on his past experiences in both positions to make it a seamless transition.

"I'm sure the transition from assistant coach to head coach will be a smooth process since I've held both positions in previous teams," Villareal said. "I've also had the pleasure of contacting the lacrosse seniors and had great conversations about the upcoming season."

Villareal currently resides in Portsmouth, R.I. with his wife Ann. They have four children: Ryan, a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Caitlin, a junior at Saint Anselm College, Maddie, a junior at Portsmouth Abbey School, and Caroline, a sophomore at Portsmouth Abbey School.

Villareal says he is excited and honored to be the head coach for the women's lacrosse team and looks forward to starting fall ball with the program.

"I can assure you that I will use my energy, passion and knowledge of the game to help start a successful new chapter of the women's lacrosse program while encouraging a positive student-athlete experience for all of my players. Go Seahawks!"


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