SPOKANE, Wash. -- SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University has selected Noelle Brouillard to become the first women’s lacrosse coach in Pirate history.
Brouillard comes to Whitworth from the University of Scranton, where she has been the top women’s lacrosse assistant coach for the past two seasons.
“Noelle’s playing and coaching experience, along with her passion for the sport, particularly in building a team from the ground up, made her the right person for this position,” said Tim Demant, Whitworth’s Director of Athletics. “Noelle impressed our search committee with her detailed plan to build this program into one that can have success on the field and one with a culture that will help our student-athletes achieve excellence in all areas of their lives.”
Scranton had a 22-13 record over the two seasons Brouillard served as assistant coach. The Royals advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament championship game in 2017 and finished with an 11-6 record.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to contribute to the strong athletic success at Whitworth University through the building of the women's lacrosse team,” Brouillard said. “It is an exciting time for the growth of women's lacrosse and now Whitworth gets to become a part of the sport's history.”
Brouillard has extensive experience at the NCAA Division III level. In addition to her coaching experience at Scranton, she played for four seasons at Allegheny College, where she was a two-time team captain in 2012 and 2013. She was the team’s defensive MVP as a senior in 2013 and was a two-time member of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association academic honor roll.
Brouillard also has experience coaching women’s lacrosse in England. She coached at the University of York in 2013-14 and was also the Director of Lacrosse for Ampleforth College in York at the same time, where was responsible for coaching and organizing the U18A, U18B and U15 teams while organizing team activities. She then served as the High Performance Lacrosse Director at the University of Exeter in 2014-15. While at the University of Exeter, Brouillard obtained her master’s degree in international management.
“Not only am I blessed to begin a new chapter of Whitworth athletics with the addition of the women's lacrosse program, but I am eager to do so in a new environment on the west coast,” Brouillard said. “I look forward to exploring all that Spokane and its surrounding area has to offer and helping to expand lacrosse within the community.”
Brouillard worked as a marketing specialist in New Hampshire for two years before returning to the coaching ranks at Scranton.
Whitworth announced the addition of women’s lacrosse as the school’s newest varsity sport in March and began a nation-wide search for a head coach. Brouillard will spend the 2017-18 academic year recruiting and getting the program up and running. The Pirates will play their first match in the spring of 2019.
“Lacrosse is an exciting sport that is growing in popularity and we are excited that under Noelle’s leadership, young women will be able to experience a Whitworth education while competing in a sport they love,” Demant said.