July 29, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Head women's lacrosse coach Kerri O'Day announced the hiring of Dani Shearer Saturday as an assistant women's lacrosse coach. Shearer joins the Greyhounds after spending the past two seasons the Northwestern.
"We are very excited to have Dani join our staff at Loyola," O'Day said. "She was the offensive and midfield coach for the 2005 national champions at Northwestern as well as a standout player at Notre Dame. She brings us experience not only from the NCAA Tournament as a coach but BIG EAST playing experience as well."
Shearer has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Northwestern were she helped the Wildcats to a 36-3 record, including an undefeated 21-0 mark in 2005 that gave NU the 2005 NCAA Championship. The Northwestern squad, in addition to holding the No. 1 spot in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll for much of the 2005 season finished with the nation's highest mark in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin and draw controls per game.
Shearer has also worked as the Director of the Wildcat Elite Lacrosse Club for the past two years. She was also the Director for the Local Starts Lacrosse Camp since 2004 and the Co-Director of the Amonte Sports Lacrosse Camps since 2003.
As a player, Shearer was a standout at Notre Dame from 1999-2003. She started in every game in her career for the Fighting Irish and holds the UND record for career goals and points while ranking second in career assists. Shearer earned numerous honors throughout her career including first-team All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region, second-team All-America and was a Tewaarton Award candidate. Shearer was also a member of the United States Developmental Program from 2002-2004.
The Greyhounds, who have spent the last three seasons as an independent, will join the BIG EAST Conference for women's lacrosse in 2006.