Adams, Morlang Sullivan Tabbed Co-Head Coaches For Australian U19 Team
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head women’s lacrosse coach Jen Adams and former Greyhound All-American Stacey Morlang Sullivan have been tabbed Co-Head Coaches of the 2019 U19 Australian Women’s National Team, as announced by the Australian Lacrosse Association.
The duo will lead the Australians at the 2019 FIL U19 World Championships in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, August 1-10, 2019.
“Australia Lacrosse has played an integral part of my life,” Morlang Sullivan said. “It is the place I made a start to my career, paved the path to get to Loyola and to make the life long friends I have to this day. I feel very lucky to be a part of the memories these young Australian players will soon have and I feel even luckier to be able to do this alongside Jen. We have been best mates since we were kids and doing this together is truly a dream come true.”
Adams and Sullivan, both All-World players for Australia, have been prominent fixtures of the Australian National Teams program, leading the Aussies to a combined six medals in international competition, including Australia’s first-ever gold medal at the 2005 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Annapolis, Maryland.
While this will be Morlang Sullivan’s first coaching stint with the U19 team, it will mark Adams’ third appointment, as she was an assistant coach for her older sister, Trish, at the 2011 and 2015 U19 World Championships.
“I am extremely honored to be appointed as a coach of the U19 Australian Team with Stacey,” Adams said. “We have spent a good part of our lives sharing a field together and it seems a natural and exciting progression to move that to the sideline and invest our time, passion and energy into Australia’s next generation of young players. My pride for Australian Lacrosse is deep and despite living in the US, I am confident that Stacey and I as a coaching team will bridge those gaps to provide a successful, memorable and enjoyable campaign to these girls.”
Adams began her lacrosse career with the Brighton Lacrosse Club and has been a member of the Australian National Team since winning the U19 World Championships in 1995. Highly regarded as one of the finest women’s lacrosse players to ever play the game, Adams took her talents to the University of Maryland, where she helped the Terrapins to four-straight NCAA Championships and a pair of undefeated seasons (1999 and 2001). The three-time All-American, inaugural Tewaaraton Award recipient and two-time Honda/Broderick Award winner set every scoring record for the Terrapins – season and career – and finished her storied career with 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points.
As a coach, Adams has been just as successful. Since taking over Loyola’s program in 2008, she’s guided the Greyhounds to five conference championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances in nine years. She’s coached eight All-Americans, with five being repeat honorees, and one Tewaaraton Award finalist. Her players have collected 17 All-America, 42 All-Mid-Atlantic Region and 52 all-conference honors, while 12 major conference awards have gone to Loyola throughout Adam’s tenure.
Morlang Sullivan was a game changer for the Greyhounds and still stands as one of Loyola’s most decorated women’s lacrosse players. A three-time All-American, Morlang Sullivan led Loyola to back-to-back NCAA semifinal appearances in 2000 and 2001 and remains the lone Greyhound to score more than 60 goals in three-consecutive seasons (2000-02). An All-CAA First Team honoree and Loyola’s first Tewaaraton Award finalist, Morlang Sullivan broke the program’s record for goals in a single game, scoring 12 vs. American in 2002, and registered more than 80 points in each of her last three seasons at Loyola. Morlang Sullivan played all 77 games throughout her career and graduated as the school’s all-time points leader with 288, a total that currently ranks second.
Following graduation, Morlang Sullivan remained at Loyola to serve as an assistant coach before moving back to Australia, where she has been coaching lacrosse since. In 2016, she was inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame.