Devon Wills Elevated to Associate Head Coach of USC Lacrosse|
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Dec. 7, 2015
LOS ANGELES -- USC lacrosse assistant Devon Wills has been elevated to and named the associate head coach of the Women of Troy as announced by head coach Lindsey Munday on Monday, Dec. 7. Wills previously served three seasons as assistant coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator for the Trojans. In her new role, Wills will continue to hold her previous duties and will work specifically with the USC defense and goaltenders.
"Devon has been a part of USC lacrosse since its inception and we would not have had the level of success we've had without her," said Munday. "Her unrelenting passion and commitment to our players' individual successes as well as our team's growth is unparalleled. She is an incredible role model for our players and provides them with the guidance and support they need to be their best. Our program is extremely fortunate to have her on staff and this promotion could not be more well-deserved."
Before her arrival at Troy, Wills was an assistant at Denver for two years (2010-11): a volunteer assistant in 2010 and a full-time assistant in 2011.
Widely regarded as one of the world's elite goalies, Wills has been a goalie for the U.S. national team since 2007. She helped the U.S. win the 2009 FIL World Cup and was named the Player of the Match in the team's 8-7 victory over Australia in the championship game. Wills returned as a member of the U.S. squad that claimed a record seventh world championship in 2013 and was also selected to the training squad set to prepare for the 2017 championships. Wills was a member of the 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team and was on the U.S. Developmental Team from 2003-06.
While she was at Denver, the Pioneers went 13-5 overall in 2010 with a 6-0 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Denver advanced to the MPSF Tournament final and finished with the No. 20 national ranking. In 2011, the Pioneers were one of the top teams in the MPSF and advanced to the tournament semifinal.
Prior to landing in the MPSF, Wills was an assistant for two years (2007-08) at her alma mater Dartmouth. There, she served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. She founded the Dartmouth Winter Lacrosse Camp and was co-director of the Classic Elite Lacrosse Camps.
As a player, Wills was a four-time (2003-06) All-Ivy League performer with three selections to the first team. She was also a three-time IWLCA All-America second-team honoree (2004-06). As a team captain in 2006, she led the NCAA in goals-against average and helped the Big Green advance to the NCAA championship game.
In 2003, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and earned All-Ivy League second-team notice. She finished her career in second on Dartmouth's all-time saves list (538) and had a 7.14 career goals-against average. With Wills in the net, Dartmouth made appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003 and 2004, and advanced to the national semifinals in 2005.
A native of Denver, Wills is a two-time recipient of the Women's Lacrosse Award from the Sportswomen of Colorado (2006 and 2009). Wills received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Dartmouth College in 2006. She currently resides in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
In a historic season for the program, Munday was named the 2015 MPSF Coach of the Year as USC put seven players on the MPSF All-Conference team including MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael. The Trojans had their most wins in a season (14), most conference victories (8), and a program-best second-place finish in the MPSF; the team's first appearance in the MPSF tournament final, and an unprecedented selection to the NCAA tournament field. There, USC earned a first-round win over James Madison before falling to third-seeded Duke in the round of 16. USC received its first votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this season, and completed the year with a 14-6 overall record (8-1 in the MPSF).
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