Worcester, Mass.-- Julie Beer '07 has been named the first head women's lacrosse coach at Clark University as announced by Director of Athletics and Recreation, Trish Cronin on Tuesday morning. The athletic department announced the addition of the 18th varsity sport back in April. The program will begin competing in a full New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule in the spring of 2020.
"We are thrilled to welcome Julie to Clark University to lead our new women's lacrosse program," said Cronin. "Her experience as a head coach and her success in building new women's lacrosse programs make her an outstanding fit for this position."
No stranger to beginning fledgling programs, Beer moves to Clark after helping start three successful Division III women's lacrosse teams. Most applicably, Beer served an eight year stint as the inaugural head women's lacrosse coach at NCAA Division III member, Centre College in Danville, Kentucky from 2009-2017. In eight years of building a program she compiled an overall record of 86-39, seven seasons with over 10 wins, and 3 SAA Championships (2012, 2014, and 2016).
"Coming back to Clark is an amazing opportunity. I know personally this is an institution where our student athletes can succeed academically and athletically. I'm thankful to the administration for the opportunity to start this program and create a tradition we can all be proud of."
During her tenure at Centre, Beer placed a total of 53 lacrosse athletes on the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) All Conference Teams, 15 athletes on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) All Region Teams, and had a total of 9 athletes named SAA Player of the Year. As of 2018, her women's lacrosse team has been the sole recipient of the highest team GPA award. She also served seven years as a member of the IWLCA West All-American committee.
"We are excited to add Julie to our coaching staff and add another alum to the athletic department staff. She has proven success in starting new programs and we look forward to seeing her make her mark on our new women's lacrosse program here at Clark," said Associate Director of Athletics and chair of the search comittee Joe Brady.
In addition to her lacrosse responsibilities, Coach Beer also served as the assistant field hockey coach from 2009 until 2015. She helped the Colonels to four championship game appearances and two third places finishes in the SAA. In 2014, she helped the Colonels win the Regular Season Conference Championship after going undefeated in conference play, and advance to the NCAA "Sweet 16". In 2015, she helped the Colonels win the SAA Championship, and returned to the NCAA "Sweet 16".
Before her tenure at Centre, Beer was the assistant coach for the inaugural Framingham State women's lacrosse team. Most recently, Beer spent year at Anna Maria in a dual capacity role: restarting their women's lacrosse team, and serving as the Assistant Athletic Director. While at Anna Maria she was instrumental at guiding the athletic department through a rebrand, and the launch of their online store.
A Spencer, Massachusetts native, Beer transferred from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to Clark where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. An outstanding Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA) player, she was a three-year starter in the midfield and a two-year team captain.