Lellie Swords Resigns As UC Lacrosse Head Coach|
May 1, 2012
CINCINNATI – Lellie Swords, the University of Cincinnati’s first lacrosse head coach, announced her resignation Tuesday after leading the program for its first five seasons.
“I've really enjoyed my five years at UC and believe we have left the program better than we found it,” Swords said. “I'm excited about the next chapter in my life as my family pursues other opportunities outside of Ohio. I'm proud of the girls’ accomplishments on and off the field and I will always hold a special place in my heart for the UC lacrosse program. I look forward to following their successes in the future.”
“I want to thank Coach Swords for her service to UC and for laying the foundation for our program over the past five years since its inception,” said Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. “She led our team through the challenging start-up stage and has made an impressive mark on our team’s academic success. Just this past quarter, every member of our lacrosse team had a 3.0 or better grade point average and that’s an incredible accomplishment. We wish Lellie all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for her commitment to the Bearcats.”
Swords became UC’s first intercollegiate women’s lacrosse coach on Feb. 16, 2007, and led the Bearcats to the first win in school history on March 7, 2008, against Saint Mary’s.
Academically, the lacrosse team has been honored with the BIG EAST Conference Team Academic Excellence Award during both seasons it has been a member of the prestigious league (2008-09, 2009-10). Additionally, every member of the 2012 team has earned a 3.0 GPA or better.
The squad also posted a perfect Academic Progress Report score in 2008 and 10 UC players earned Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Squad honors over the last two seasons. In addition, Cincinnati was recognized by the IWLCA as earning Academic Squad honors for the 2010 season and was the 2009 Division 1 IWLCA Team Community Awareness Award winner.
Swords has also encouraged her athletes to become active members of the community, varying from volunteering time around the holidays at the Drop Inn Center to visiting the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. This year, the lacrosse team has dedicated 691 hours volunteering, including 198 hours throughout the week of spring break.
A national search for Swords’ successor will begin immediately.