Kellie Young Fired as Louisville Lacrosse Coach


Kellie Young was fired after leading the Louisville women's lacrosse program since its inception in 2006.

Louisville, which has played in four consecutive NCAA women's lacrosse tournaments, but had a mass exodus of players following the 2017 season, has fired head coach Kellie Young.

“We wish Kellie the best moving forward," said Vince Tyra, Louisville's interim athletics director, in a release. “We will forever be appreciative for the effort that she put forth to start the University of Louisville lacrosse program from scratch."

Earlier this fall, Louisville granted releases to nine players that were seeking to transfer. The Cardinal, the school newspaper, which first reported the firing, wrote that five more players had left the program in late October and early November.

The firing came 12 days after the the Louisville-Courier Journal reported that Young was accused of negligence in a lawsuit filed by former player Madeline Beck.

Young had faced earlier complaints about her coaching style that went public in 2013.

Young has been the coach at Louisville since the school started its women’s lacrosse program in 2006. Tom Jurich, the athletic director who hired her, was fired earlier this fall after an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting included Louisville’s program.

In 10 seasons as the lacrosse coach, Young went 106-66. Prior to coming to Louisville, she went 51-24 in four seasons at James Madison, leading the Dukes to three NCAA tournament berths.

According to The Cardinal, the players were informed of Young's firing at a team meeting this afternoon.

Assistant coach Faye Brust, an All-American player under Young at Louisville, was on the road recruiting as of this weekend.

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