Oct. 28, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola alumnae Sue Heether has been named head coach of the United States women's lacrosse team, replacing legendary coach Sue Stahl. Heether, a Loyola College Hall of Famer, begins her appointment immediately and will hold her position through the 2009 International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations World Cup.
"This is obviously a great opportunity for Sue," says Loyola Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kerri O'Day. "She has experience playing and coaching at the highest level with three World Cup titles as a player and U.S. Development coaching on her resume."
A pure athlete, Heether was a three-sport athlete (field hockey, lacrosse, swimming) at Loyola. She earned first team All-America honors as a goaltender for the Greyhounds in 1990 and still holds the school's records for saves in a season (312) and over her career (826).
"I believe that Loyola College prepares its student-athletes for this type of success," adds Coach O'Day. "To see Sue earn this position gives me great pride as a former Loyola student and lacrosse player. Having her serve as head coach of the national team is great for our program."
Heether's playing experience continued after college with the U.S. national team in 1990. She found great success played goalie for the U.S. teams that won World Cups in 1993, 1997 and 2001 and was a member of the U.S. training team for the 2005 World Cup.
In addition to playing for the national team, Heether began a coaching career after her graduation from Loyola. She served as an assistant coach at Loyola in 1991 and also served brief coaching stints with Harvard and Notre Dame Prep before becoming the head coach at St. Mary's College, where she compiled a record of 17-7 in two seasons.
Also an entrepreneur, Heether opened a women's specialty equipment and apparel store, Sports Her Way, in 1997. She has also served a stint as an assistant coach for the U.S. Developmental team and currently volunteers with an inner-city lacrosse program at William Paca Elementary School in Baltimore City.
Heether was inducted into the Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2004.
"I have always considered it an honor and a privilege to represent the United States as a player and am excited by the challenge of coaching the team," said Heether after being named head coach. "It will be a privilege to work with athletes at the highest level. There is a great base from which to build here at US Lacrosse and I look forward to taking that base and expanding it. I hope to put together a team of coaches, athletes, trainers and fans that will work to compete at the very highest level of the game and continue a proud tradition of honoring the game and the high standards set by every team that has gone before us."