Head Coach, Women’s Lacrosse
George Washington University
2016 WCA Graduate, Class #40
Tracy Coyne was named head coach of the GW lacrosse program entering the 2014-15 academic year.
The 2006 NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year brings a proven record of success to GW after taking over Notre Dame’s inaugural varsity program and turning it into a perennial powerhouse that included a Big East Conference Championship, two NCAA Championship quarterfinal appearances and a trip to the Final Four. Coach Coyne brings 25 years of coaching experience to GW.
Coach Coyne was named the inaugural head coach of Notre Dame in the fall of 1996 and laid the groundwork that led to extraordinary success through its first 15 years as a varsity program. From its first year as a varsity team in 1997, Coach Coyne was the guiding force that helped transform the Fighting Irish into a national powerhouse, earning NCAA Championship berths six times from 2002-2011, including three straight appearances from 2008-10.
Coach Coyne’s time with the Fighting Irish – who earned a No. 2 national ranking during the 2004 season – was highlighted when she was named the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year after leading her squad to the 2006 Final Four. In 2009, Coach Coyne guided Notre Dame to a Big East Championship title, which was followed by a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. She developed two Tewaaraton Trophy finalists, an award given annually to the most outstanding lacrosse player in the nation, while seven players were named to the distinguished annual watch list. The three-time Big East Coach of the Year (2004, 2006 and 2008) saw three players named Big East Attack Player of the Year and three tabbed Big East Midfielders of the Year.
In addition to her success at Notre Dame, Coach Coyne spent two seasons as the head coach at Denison University from 1987-89, where she won back-to-back conference titles and the 1989 NCAC Coach of the Year, followed by a seven-year stint at Roanoke College, where she guided the Maroons to five conference titles, five NCAA Championship appearances and two Final Fours while garnering ODAC Coach of the Year honors twice and 1990 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year accolades.
Coach Coyne worked as an assistant coach at Duquesne during the 2012 season before serving as the head coach of Washington & Jefferson College in 2013 and as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College during the 2014 campaign. As the head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Team from 1999-2005, Coach Coyne rebuilt the squad after it was disbanded following the 1997 season and guided it to fourth-place finishes at the 2001 and 2005 World Cups.
In 27 seasons, Coach Coyne has compiled 275 wins, which ranks 14th all-time among NCAA women’s lacrosse coaches. She was honored with the 2012 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Diane Geppi-Aikens Award for lifetime achievement and is an honorary member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club. She has coached 48 All-Americans and three ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Coyne earned her bachelor of science degree in organizational communications from Ohio University in 1983 and her master of science degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University (Fla.) in 1985. A letterwinner in both lacrosse and field hockey at Ohio, Coyne helped the lacrosse squad to the 1982 Midwest Regional championship as well as an eighth-place finish at the AIAW National Lacrosse Championships. In 1981, she led her field hockey team to a share of the Mid-American Conference title.
Coyne served as senior class vice president at Ohio and was the recipient of the Leona Hughes Pace Award, which is presented annually by the Student Alumni Board to the outstanding senior at the school.