UIndy Coach Who Led Greyhounds to First NCAA Championship is Out

PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER

James Delaney has been fired less than three months after leading UIndy to the NCAA Division II women's lacrosse championship.


University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse coach James Delaney has been fired less than three months after leading the school to its first NCAA Division II championship.

“I am no longer at UIndy. I was fired,” Delaney texted Monday. He offered no reason or explanation for the firing, adding only, “I have really appreciated my time over the last five years at the University of Indianapolis. I want to thank all my players and staff members for their hard work and dedication into turning the women’s lacrosse program into a national champion. I wish the program and university all the best in the future.”

No official statement has been issued by the school, but Ryan Thorpe, UIndy’s associate athletics director for communications, did confirm to USA Lacrosse Magazine that Delaney is no longer employed by the university. He declined to provide any further information, stating that he “cannot comment on personnel matters.”

Delaney’s name, bio, and contact information were removed from UIndy’s women’s lacrosse website and from the athletic department’s online staff directory before the end of this past weekend.

Delaney initially joined the Greyhounds as an assistant coach prior to the program’s second season in 2017. One year later, he was named the interim head coach for the 2018 season. Following a 16-4 campaign which included the program’s first conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament, the interim tag was dropped.

Delaney compiled a 77-10 overall record in five seasons as the head coach, including a 22-1 mark in 2022, capped by the national championship victory over East Stroudsburg in the NCAA final May 22. Last month, he was named winner of the IWLCA’s 2022 National Coach of the Year award.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Delaney is a 2013 graduate of Seton Hill University and was a three-time USILA All-American during his playing days. He was inducted into the Seton Hill Hall of Fame in 2018.







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