Devon Wills, Hilary Bowen Named USC Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coaches
May 24, 2011
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Devon Wills from the University of Denver and Hilary Bowen from Mount St. Mary's University, who both have been part of the U.S. Lacrosse women's national team program, have been named assistant coaches with the USC women's lacrosse program and will join the Trojans on June 1, USC head coach Lindsey Munday announced today (May 24).
"I am extremely excited to hire Devon Wills and Hilary Bowen," said Munday, who this past January was hired to lead the USC team that will begin play in the 2012-13 season. "This is a huge step for the USC program. Both Devon and Hilary are energetic and passionate about the game of lacrosse and I am thrilled to have them join the Trojan Family.
"Devon is an extremely talented player as well as an experienced coach. She is one of the best goalies to ever play the game and her career at Dartmouth, as well as on Team USA, has provided her with top-notch playing experience. Her wide range of coaching experience has helped her formulate her coaching philosophies. Our players will learn from one of the brightest talents in the game.
"As a member of four NCAA championship teams at Northwestern, Hilary learned from one of the greatest lacrosse minds in the game, Kelly Amonte Hiller. Hilary is determined in everything that she does, as evidenced by scoring 5 goals in the 2009 national championship game while playing on a torn knee ligament, and she also excelled in the classroom. She will be an incredible role model for our student-athletes, bringing her passion and enthusiasm to them."
Wills, who will serve as the Women of Troy's defensive coordinator and also work with the goalies, spent the past 2 seasons (2010-11) as an assistant at Denver. She was a volunteer assistant in 2010 and a fulltime assistant in 2011. The Pioneers went 13-5 overall in 2010 and 6-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, advancing to the MPSF Tournament finals and finishing with a No. 20 national ranking. Denver was an MPSF tourney semifinalist in 2011.
Wills also was an assistant for 2 years (2007-08) at Dartmouth, her alma mater, serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. She founded the Dartmouth Winter Lacrosse Camp and was co-director of the Classic Elite Lacrosse Camps.
She has been a goalie on 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 final. She also was a member of the 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team and was on the U.S. Developmental Team from 2003 to 2006. She twice won the Women's Lacrosse Award from the Sportswomen of Colorado (2006 and 2009).
She was a 4-time (2003-06) All-Ivy League performer (making the first team her last 3 seasons) and a 3-time (2004-06) All-American second teamer at Dartmouth. In 2006 when she was team captain, she led the NCAA in goals against average as the Big Green advanced to the NCAA championship game. In 2003, she was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year while earning All-Ivy League second team notice. She finished her career second on Dartmouth's all-time saves list (538) and had a 7.14 career goals against average. Dartmouth made it to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003 and 2004 and to the semifinals in 2005.
"I am incredibly excited to become a part of the Trojan Family and to be included in many firsts for lacrosse both at USC and in the Southern California community," said Wills. "I knew from my first tour of the USC campus that the possibilities for success, both academically and athletically, are endless. I feel honored to be able to work alongside and learn from Lindsey Munday, who has previously challenged me on the field to be a better player and now off the field in coaching."
Bowen, who will be USC's offensive coordinator, was an assistant at Mount St. Mary's in 2011 as The Mount advanced to the Northeast Conference Tournament championship game.
Bowen played 4 seasons (2006-09) at Northwestern, helping the Wildcats to NCAA titles each year. She was an All-American her final 3 seasons. She was the MVP of the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Tournaments and made the 2009 NCAA All-Tournament team. She ended her career third on Northwestern's all-time lists for points (299) and goals (219) and was fifth in assists. She also set the Wildcats' single-season record for goals with 81 in 2008. She was a teammate of Munday's in 2006 before Munday became a Northwestern assistant coach her next 3 seasons.
Bowen graduated from Northwestern in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in human development and psychological services. She was the CoSIDA Women's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year in 2009, as well as an Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009 and Academic All-Big Ten Conference in her final three years. She made the Dean's List at Northwestern every quarter.
She was an alternate for the 2009 FIL World Cup and participated on the U.S. World Cup Training Team. She has worked the Amonte Lacrosse Sports Camps for the last 5 years.
"I would like to thank Lindsey Munday and the USC athletic administration for providing me with this amazing opportunity," said Bowen. "I would also like to thank Mount St. Mary's for giving me my first collegiate coaching experience. I am extremely honored and excited to help USC build a new program that I believe has the resources and leadership to be very successful. The opportunity to be a part of a university that has such a rich athletic tradition, coupled with the expansion of the women's lacrosse game nationwide, makes this a very exciting time to be involved with the game on the West Coast."