Laurie Merian Named Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Detroit

DETROIT (8/27/2014) -- University of Detroit Mercy will begin season seven with a new face on the coaching staff, as head coach Laura Maness announced Laurie Merian as the Titans' new assistant coach, effective immediately.

"I am thrilled to have Coach Merian as the new assistant for women's lacrosse," said Coach Maness, who begins her fourth season as the head coach of Detroit. "Not only was she a very accomplished player in college, but her experience as a former head coach will bring a lot of value to our team and program."

The former Laurie Jordan spent the last three seasons as the head coach for Alma College, where she built the women's lacrosse program from the ground up. She was hired in 2011 to start the new sport at the Division III institution and quickly had the Scots rolling registering six wins in their inaugural 2012 season.

"I am excited for this opportunity to coach the Titans," said Coach Merian. "I think this team has what it takes to accomplish great things this season and I am looking forward to starting practice and getting to know the student-athletes."

Merian quickly had Alma in the mix for a league championship the following season as the Scots were 15-3 overall and 5-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), where they finished in second place in the regular season and advanced to the MIAA championship game. In 2013, Alma was 13-6 on the year and 7-1 in conference play as it once again made it all the way to the conference championship.

In the last two years since the MIAA added lacrosse, 12 Scots earned All-League honors, including one Rookie of the Year accolade. She also coached midfielder Tracy Gallihugh, who finished the 2014 campaign as one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the country leading the conference and ranked second in the nation with 89 goals, while ranking third in Division III with 4.82 goals per game.

Her team was recognized as an IWLCA DIII Academic Squad in 2013 and she also received the Great Scot Award from the President of Alma College.

While at Alma, she was a game contract administrator for all 26 varsity athletic programs and the game administrator for fall and winter athletic competitions. Merian was also a coach with Rapid Lax, a club team in Grand Rapids, and had worked lacrosse camps at Grand Valley and the Nike Women's Camp at Berry College in Georgia.

She had an outstanding playing career at Belmont Abbey College, located in Belmont North Carolina, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts in business management and with a marketing concentration in 2010.

A four-year letter winner in lacrosse and a two-year letter winner in soccer, she was tabbed All-Region as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She was All-Conference in all four of her years earning Freshman of the Year from the Coastal Carolina Conference and was also selected to the Rookie All-American Team and Belmont Abbey's Female Freshmen Athlete of the Year. Merian was named the team captain as a junior and senior and was the team MVP as a sophomore.


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