Coaching Staff

Amy Long

Head Coach - Amy Long

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Amy Long enters her fifth season as the head lacrosse coach at Saint Mary's in the 2017-18 academic year.

During the Belles' inaugural season of lacrosse in 2014, Long coached the team to a decisive win over Illinois Tech and also guided the program to their first conference win in program history with an overtime victory against Trine. Long had a member of the team recognized as MIAA Defensive Player of the Week and the Belles later earned IWLCA Honor Squad status for their academic success.

In the team's second season, the Belles more than tripled their win total from their inaugural year while increasing or improving in nearly every statistical category from 2014 to 2015. Additionally, two members of the team were named Second Team All-MIAA, becoming the first players in the history of the program to be named all-conference. Academically, the team continued to excel and earned IWLCA Honor Squad status for the second consecutive year.

The spring of 2016 saw the Belles achieve new levels of success after the team finished tied for fourth in the conference and set new program records for conference wins and overall wins in a season. The program had its first All-MIAA First Team honoree while also picking up recognition on the All-MIAA Second Team. The team earned their third consecutive IWLCA Academic Honor Squad recognition while Katlynn Dee was an IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honoree.

The bar was raised again in 2017 as the program posted the most overall wins and conference wins in a season. The Belles claimed second in the MIAA and hosted the MIAA Tournament semifinal round while also making their first league tournament appearance. Four Belles earned All-MIAA recognition while also claiming the MIAA Rookie of the Year and MIAA Most Valuable Offensive Player. The team picked up their fourth consecutive IWLCA Academic Honor Squad honor, and three members of the program were IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honorees.

Long came to Saint Mary’s with a range of coaching and educational experience. She served as the head coach of the Sylvania High School Girls’ Lacrosse team and has held assistant coaching positions with the University of Toledo and Siena Heights University lacrosse programs. A Level 1 and Level 2 trainer with the U.S. Lacrosse Coaching Education Program, she teaches lacrosse coaches about the game during their certification process. Additionally, she is a U.S. Lacrosse level 3 certified, which is the top certification offered by the governing body. She has also taught undergraduate students the skills and strategies of the game of lacrosse at the University of Toledo.

Long is a 2009 graduate of the University of Toledo. She was a double major in marketing and professional sales and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of business administration. In August 2012, she completed her master of arts degree with a concentration in organizational leadership from Siena Heights University. Long completed a master in business administration at Saint Xavier in 2016.

 

Assistant Coach

Caitlin Sears

Caitlin Sears

Caitlin Sears enters her third year as assistant coach for the Saint Mary’s lacrosse program in the 2017-18 academic year.
 
Sears joined the Saint Mary’s coaching staff after serving as the head coach of St Joseph High School’s girls lacrosse team for the 2015 season, where she coached the team to an 8-6 record. Previously, she served as Assistant JV Coach at St Joseph High School during the 2014 season.
 
Sears’s experience as a player includes two years with the Seattle Women’s Post-Collegiate Lacrosse team, three years with Ithaca College Women’s Club Lacrosse, one season with McDaniel Women’s lacrosse, and four years at Hempfield High School in Pennsylvania. She also is currently developing a post-collegiate women’s lacrosse team in the Michiana area.
 
Sears is a 2011 graduate of Ithaca College and received her master of science in 2013 from the University of Washington. She works as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Elkhart General Hospital.