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Lauren Davis has been tapped to lead the new MU women's lacrosse program in 2015-16.
Lauren Davis has been tapped to lead the new MU women's lacrosse program in 2015-16.
Women's Lacrosse - Thu, Mar. 19, 2015
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INDIANAPOLIS - Former Edinboro University standout Lauren Davis has been named the first-ever head women's lacrosse coach at Marian University, director of athletics Steve Downing officially announced on Wednesday.

"We are excited to have Lauren join our staff," said Downing. "We believe she will bring energy to the department and will build the program exactly how we want it built. She will bring in quality student-athletes who will perform on the field and in the classroom."

"I would like to thank Steve Downing and President Daniel Elsener for the opportunity to build the women's lacrosse program at Marian University," said Davis. "Marian University is a remarkable school with outstanding academic opportunities and excellent athletic traditions. I am excited to become part of the Marian University community and build a program that will add to the tradition of excellence."

Davis is no stranger to the early growing pains of building a program. She comes to Marian University after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. Piedmont added women's lacrosse in 2012 and began competition in 2013.

In her two seasons, Davis assisted in the overall coaching, supervision and organization of the program while serving as the goalkeeper coach. She was responsible for recruiting and retaining student-athletes, directing and supervising practices and conducting fundraising activities as well as community service projects. She also implemented educational progress reports, aided in class scheduling, monitored study tables and conducted academic advising.

During her first season, the Lady Lions posted a 14-3 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the USA South to earn the regular season title and the tournament's No. 1 seed. She helped guide seven Lady Lions to the USA South All-Conference team and was instrumental in the development of USA South All-Conference First Team goalkeeper Carly Haraka. She helped lead a team that finished as the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the nation. During the 2015 season, Davis has helped guide the Lady Lions to an 8-0 start to the campaign and has guided goalkeeper Blake Forrest to three USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2015.

Davis' career at Edinboro University was also groundbreaking as she was part of the first recruiting class for the Fighting Scots in 2009. As a freshman, she led the team with 53 draw controls and had her best statistical season as a junior when she collected 18 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers. She led her team to a program-best seven wins as a senior in the 2012 season.

While competing as a Fighting Scot, Davis was named an Academic Honoree by Edinboro and also served as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2010-2012. The two-time team captain was also a four-time recipient of the ALANI (African American, Latino, Asian, Native American, and International) Award.

During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Davis picked up coaching experience that she brings with her to Demorest serving as a camp coach for head coach Kevin Cooke at Edinboro where she conducted and supervised practice sessions while assisting in the monitoring of athletes present at the Fighting Scots' camp. Davis also helped organize the field set up and maintenance for the summer events gaining valuable experience in the operation of a collegiate program.

When traveling home from college in Pennsylvania, Davis worked as an Indoor Lacrosse Instructor at Sport Ohio where she continued to refine her practice development capabilities. Refining individual and team techniques during the winter session, Davis worked for Sport Ohio from 2008 to 2012 while also finishing out her collegiate playing days.

Prior to enrolling at Edinboro, Davis was a four-year starter for the lacrosse team at Hilliard Darby High School in Hilliard, Ohio earning second team All-OCC honors as a senior and leading her team to a regional final in both 2005 and 2006. The daughter of Lisa and Karl Davis, Lauren comes from a family of athletes as her younger brother Ian competed at NAIA member Lourdes University in volleyball, a sport that Lauren also played at Hilliard Darby.

Davis graduated from Edinboro in May of 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in financial administration. She served as a finance intern with Catrabone, Catrabone and Associations in Erie, Pa., and earned a master's of business administration degree from Piedmont in December 2014.

** - some information provided by Piedmont College and Edinboro University