UIndy took another step toward establishing Indiana’s first NCAA Division II lacrosse program today, announcing the hiring of two coaches to lead the men’s and women’s teams.
Married just a few weeks ago, Greg Stocks and Jillian Howley will be UIndy’s very first lacrosse head coaches, Stocks for the men and Howley for the women. They hail from Lake Erie College in suburban Cleveland, where they have served as head coaches.
The pair will have a year to recruit and build a staff before beginning NCAA Division II competition in Spring 2016.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Jillian and Greg as our head lacrosse coaches, not only because of their successful coaching backgrounds, but also because they are a great fit for the University of Indianapolis,” said Sue Willey, UIndy’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics. “Their passion for their sport, team-player attitude and desire to establish a positive experience for our student-athletes makes them a perfect fit for UIndy.”
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Howley became a first-time head coach in August 2011, guiding Lake Erie to a 30-23 record in three seasons. She led LEC to back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference regular-season standings, as well as consecutive GLIAC Tournament semifinal appearances.
“I feel like the stars are aligning for us, actually,” she said. “UIndy has such a strong athletics department from top to bottom, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Also, starting an NCAA lacrosse program has been a goal of mine since helping build a new program as a student-athlete.”
After being a four-year starter on both the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams at Division I Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania, Howley had stints as an assistant on D-II staffs at Bloomburg and Mercyhurst universities, as well as a number of club teams.