Sonia LaMonica Departs Towson To Assume Role As Virginia's Women's Lacrosse Coach
TOWSON - Sonia LaMonica, head coach of the Towson women's lacrosse team, has announced her departure from the university to become the next head coach of the University of Virginia's women's lacrosse team, according to statements released by both institutions on Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement, LaMonica thanked the Towson community and expressed her feelings about the transition.
"It is a bittersweet moment. This is a people business, and I built so many meaningful relationships over the many years and learned so much," LaMonica said. "I am so grateful to be part of an amazing athletics department and to have the chance to work with excellent student-athletes and amazing families. It has been an absolute privilege."
During her 13-season tenure at Towson, LaMonica held an impressive 139-91 record, including securing four Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championships and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament seven times. Her success earned her the CAA's Coach of the Year five times.
Before joining Towson, LaMonica was an assistant coach at Denver in 2006 and at Towson from 2007-2008 before leading Mount St. Mary's to an 8-9 record in 2010.
Stepping into her new role at Virginia, LaMonica will succeed Julie Myers, who recently resigned on June 21 to assume the role of CEO at the One Love Foundation.
In a statement released by Virginia, LaMonica expressed her respect for Myers, saying, "It is an absolute honor to follow in the footsteps of a legend. Julie Myers' dedication and love for this program has been unwavering and a source of inspiration. Joining the esteemed Virginia athletics family, and the vibrant Charlottesville community, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am eagerly looking forward to the chance to work with these extraordinary student-athletes and further cultivate a winning culture at this dynamic university."
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