Kerri O'Day is in her fifth year as the head coach of the Loyola College women's lacrosse team, taking the reigns of the program in 2004 after serving as associate head coach in 2003 and assistant coach from 1998-2002.
O'Day, a 1997 Loyola graduate, became the sixth head coach in the 32-year history of the program and only the second former Loyola player to hold the title of head coach. She follows her mentor and collegiate coach, 1984 Loyola graduate Diane Geppi-Aikens.
In February 2008, O'Day will join a select group of individuals from the Baltimore area. She was elected to the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a player and coach.
In her first season as head coach, O'Day led the Greyhounds to a 14-4 overall record and their eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Loyola was ranked among the top teams in the country throughout the season. They were ranked as high as third and never falling below sixth in the country.
In the Greyhounds second season under O'Day, Loyola played the toughest schedule in the country in some of the toughest conditions. Plagued by injuries, Loyola finished 5-11 overall and ranked 20th in the country.
In 2006, Loyola joined the BIG EAST conference. The Greyhounds finished the season in third place in the conference with a 7-8 overall record and a 3-2 conference mark. Kate McHarg, then a junior, was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and earned All-America Second Team honors.
The Greyhounds finished with a 2-15 record in 2007, but several young players exhibited a great promise for future seasons.
O'Day was promoted to associate head coach of the women's lacrosse program in May 2002 and helped lead the Greyhounds to a 17-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the 2003 NCAA tournament. Loyola spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in the Brine/IWLCA poll and reached the NCAA semifinals for the third time in the last four seasons.
As an assistant coach to Geppi-Aikens from 1998-2002, O'Day worked with teams that were ranked in the top five nationally three times and with squads that reached the NCAA semifinals in 2000 and 2001. The Greyhounds had a 71-23 overall record during that time and won Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002.
As a student-athlete at Loyola, from 1994-97, O'Day, who was then known as Kerri Johnson, fashioned one of the finest careers in program history. She finished with 107 career goals, currently and earned All-America First Team honors in 1996 and in 1997.
In 1997, she was the NCAA Tournament's leading scorer and led Loyola to the national championship game.
She led the 1997 team with 45 goals and won the Ernest Lagna Award, given to Loyola's top senior female student-athlete, following the season. O'Day was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament MVP that season after helping the Greyhounds win the conference title.
O"Day scored a team-leading 34 goals in 1996 and also earned All-America Third Team honors in 1995, her sophomore season, after scoring 20 goals and adding seven assists.
She was also a key member of United States National Teams during her college career and for eight years after graduation. O'Day was a three-time All-CAA First Team honoree in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
Prior to coming to the Evergreen campus, O'Day was an excellent player at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County. She was The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County Player of the Year in 1993 and earned All-Metro First Team honors from The Sun in 1992 and 1993.
She twice led the state in scoring, was a four-year All-Baltimore County honoree and earned High School All-America honors twice.
O'Day has earned two degrees from Loyola, a bachelor of arts in elementary education in 1997 and a master's degree in school counseling in 2001.
In addition to her coaching duties at Loyola, O'Day is the director of several lacrosse camps in the Baltimore area, including the prestigious Elite 300 camp that brings many of the top high school players in the country to the area during the summer months. She is also the director of the Greyhound Lacrosse Club
O'Day married Michael O'Day (Loyola `97) in the summer of 2004. The couple a son, Grayden, and a daughter, Marleigh. The O'Days resides in Phoenix, Md.
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