USC junior goalie Gussie Johns and associate head coach Devon Wills are each on the national team roster
Gussie Johns is one of just 36 players chosen to the training squad
USC lacrosse associate head coach Devon Wills was recently featured in a special espnW article.
The fourth-year coach helped direct the Women of Troy to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2015
The USC lacrosse program will send four to this year's U.S. National Team tryouts in Baltimore
Devon Wills enters her fourth season (2016) at USC and her first as the Trojans' associate head coach. Wills previously served three seasons as assistant coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator for the Women of Troy. Before her arrival at Troy, Wills was an assistant at Denver for two years (2010-11): a volunteer assistant in 2010 and a full-time assistant in 2011. She works specifically with the Trojan defense and goaltenders.
Widely regarded as one of the world's elite goalies, Wills has been a goalie for the U.S. national team since 2007. She helped the U.S. win the 2009 FIL World Cup and was named the Player of the Match in the team's 8-7 victory over Australia in the championship game. Wills returned as a member of the U.S. squad that claimed a record seventh world championship in 2013 and was also selected to the training squad set to prepare for the 2017 championships.
Wills was a member of the 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team and was on the U.S. Developmental Team from 2003-06.
While she was at Denver, the Pioneers went 13-5 overall in 2010 with a 6-0 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Denver advanced to the MPSF Tournament final and finished with the No. 20 national ranking. In 2011, the Pioneers were one of the top teams in the MPSF and advanced to the tournament semifinal.
Prior to landing in the MPSF, Wills was an assistant for two years (2007-08) at her alma mater Dartmouth. There, she served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. She founded the Dartmouth Winter Lacrosse Camp and was co-director of the Classic Elite Lacrosse Camps.
As a player, Wills was a four-time (2003-06) All-Ivy League performer with three selections to the first team. She was also a three-time IWLCA All-America second-team honoree (2004-06). As a team captain in 2006, she led the NCAA in goals-against average and helped the Big Green advance to the NCAA championship game.
In 2003, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and earned All-Ivy League second-team notice. She finished her career in second on Dartmouth's all-time saves list (538) and had a 7.14 career goals-against average. With Wills in the net, Dartmouth made appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003 and 2004, and advanced to the national semifinals in 2005.
A native of Denver, Wills is a two-time recipient of the Women's Lacrosse Award from the Sportswomen of Colorado (2006 and 2009).
Wills received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Dartmouth College in 2006. She currently resides in Hermosa Beach, Calif.