Virginia Commonwealth announced the hiring of Jen Kasper O'Brien (UMBC, South Carroll) as the first coach of its women's lacrosse program, which will begin Division I play in 2015-16.
"Starting the program on the right track from day one was our goal, and that's what we're getting with Jen. We're excited to have a proven winner to build the foundation of our women's lacrosse program," athletic director Ed McLaughlin said. "She brings a tremendous amount of energy to VCU and has a outstanding track record as a coach as well as a player. She also has great ties to the Maryland region, which is known nationally as a hotbed for lacrosse."
Kasper O'Brien spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins in charge of the offense. She helped the Blue Jays rank in the top 40 nationally in goals per game over the past five seasons.
Before her time at Hopkins, Kasper O'Brien spent one year at Stanford, serving as the co-head coach and helping guide the Cardinal to a 12-8 record and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament championship.
The Eldersburg native had a stellar four-year playing career at UMBC, where she was a four-year starter, two-time captain and twice earned second-team All-America East honors. She finished her career with 86 goals and 56 assists and, as a senior, led the team in assists (18) and points (44). Her 56 assists ranked fourth in school history when she graduated.
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