USC junior goalie Gussie Johns and associate head coach Devon Wills will represent the United States at the FIL World Cup in July
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
Devon Wills enters her fifth season (2017) at USC and her second as the Trojans’ associate head coach. Wills previously served three seasons (2013-15) as an assistant coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator for the Women of Troy. Before her arrival, 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.
In Wills’ first season as associate head coach, the Trojans set new Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) records with 20 wins and an incredible 20-game winning streak. The Women of Troy won both the MPSF’s regular-season and tournament titles and then became the first-ever West Coast team to host an NCAA tournament game. USC’s appearance in the NCAA quarterfinal and finish at No. 5 in the final IWLCA poll were also MPSF records. Wills’ direction helped the program post the NCAA’s top defense (5.80 gaa), which showcased the national leader in goals-against average: Gussie Johns (6.04 gaa).
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 roster for the 2017 championships. USC goalie Johns, a protégé of Wills’ was also chosen to the 2017 championship roster. The duo will serve as the team’s goalies as Team USA goes for its record eighth world title.
On April 13, 2016, Wills was a part of history as the second overall pick in the first-ever United Women’s Lacrosse League draft. She was chosen by the Long Island Sound franchise and led her team to the inaugural UWLX Championship. In her first season, she went 6-1, posted an 8.29 goals-against average, and was named a UWLX All-Star. She had eight saves in the championship game to help the Sound defeat the Boston Storm, 13-8, and was named the title game’s Most Valuable Player.
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.