Loyola College alumna Monica Yeakel brings tremendous coaching and playing experience to the Greyhounds' coaching staff this year as a volunteer assistnat coach.
Yeakel, who was known during her playing days as Monica DiCandilo, earned IWLCA All-America First Team honors as a defender in 1994 and graduated from the college with a bachelor of arts in elementary education degree that year.
"Monica has a wealth of coaching experience, and she will be a great addition to our staff," O'Day said. "She is an outstanding motivator, and she knows Loyola very well from her days as a student-athlete and assistant coach. Monica also knows the demands on student-athletes today, and we are looking forward to great contributions from her."
She was a four-year letterwinner and starter at Loyola, helping the Greyhounds to a 47-20 record from 1990-1994. Loyola advanced to the National Collegiate Semifinals in 1990 and 1994. She played with Kerri Johnson, who was then a freshman, on the 1994 team that reached the 1994 semifinals.
After graduation, Yeakel was an assistant coach at Evergreen from 1994-1996. She then moved across Baltimore to become the head coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
She led the Retrievers' program from 1997-2005, amassing a career record of 78-73 (.517).
Yeakel led UMBC to the NCAA Tournament twice, guided the Retrievers to five Northeast Conference Championships and the program's first-ever NCAA Division I Top-20 ranking.
She took a team that finished 4-11 in 1996 and led them to the NEC title two years later. She was twice named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. The Retrievers set a school Division I record for wins in a season with 12 in 1999 and 2002.
She is married to Chris Yeakel. The couple has two children, Luke, 5, and Maxine, 1, and live in Timonium, Md.