May 6, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Kerri O'Day has decided not to return to the sidelines next season, she announced today.
"This program will always be near and dear to my heart," O'Day said. "Even though I am leaving as a coach, I am an alumna of the program and will always be a part of Loyola women's lacrosse. I wish the best for the players, their families and the program."
O'Day has been a part of the Loyola women's lacrosse program for the past 15 years as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
"Loyola College owes Kerri a tremendous amount of gratitude for her performance on, and off the field," Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said. "Few, if any, have done more to help our women's lacrosse program gain national prominence. As an All-American player, a member of the U.S. National Team, an associate head coach during a time of tremendous challenges, and as a head coach, Kerri personified the best as a role model for our student-athletes and those who met her.
"We want to thank her for her tireless efforts and wish Kerri, her husband, Michael, and their children, Grady and Marleigh, all of the best in this new chapter of their lives. Kerri is a tremendous ambassador of Loyola, and we look forward to her continued contributions to the College as an alumna."
She was named the head coach at Loyola in 2003 and helped the Greyhounds reach the NCAA Tournament that year. In February 2008, she was elected to the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in, and contributions to, the lacrosse community.
Since Loyola joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2006 - the Greyhounds were not affiliated with a conference from 2004-2005 - O'Day coached nine players that earned All-BIG EAST honors.
Prior to being named head coach, O'Day was the associate head coach at Loyola in 2003. She helped guide the team to a 17-2 record and No. 1 seed in the 2003 NCAA Championships. O'Day was an assistant coach for the Greyhounds from 1998-2002.
She was a four-year letterwinner at Loyola from 1994-1997. O'Day, who was known at the time as Kerri Johnson, finished her career with 107 goals and was a First Team All-American in 1996 and 1997. She was the NCAA Championships leading scorer as a senior and helped lead the Greyhounds to the national title game.
Her playing days did not end at Loyola. O'Day was a prominent member of the United States National Team during her time as a student-athlete and for eight years after her graduation.
O'Day's assistant coaches, Kristin Hagert and Jessica Onheiser, will also not return next season.
Hagert, who was an assistant for four seasons, was an All-Colonial Athletic Association student-athlete as a player. While a student-athlete at Loyola, she helped the Greyhounds to an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals, earning All-Tournament Team honors in the process. Hagert graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola in 2001 and has since earned two masters degrees.
Onheiser joined the program prior to the 2007 season after coaching at Ohio University and playing at Vanderbilt. She was a two-time All-American Lacrosse Conference selection and IWLCA All-South Region First Team member. She was also a three-time Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete and played on the Unites States National Team for four seasons.