By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Drexel Dragons hired Jill Batcheller on Monday as their new Mary Semanik Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse. She spent the past six seasons as the Bryant Bulldogs head coach.
This will be a homecoming for Batcheller, who is a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School.
“We are thrilled to add Jill to the Dragon family,” Deputy Athletic Director Nick Gannon said. “She brings an infectious energy and passion to her coaching and has had success at every step of her lacrosse career. We had a remarkable pool of candidates interested in the position, but Jill separated herself with her professionalism and competitiveness. She’ll be a great mentor to our student-athletes. We are happy to welcome her and her family back to Philly, and we know the future is bright for Drexel Lacrosse.”
Batcheller’s team went 12-6 this past season at Bryant. Her team won their fifth straight Northeast Conference regular season championship. Her team also advanced to their sixth straight NEC Championship.
Her team averaged 14.50 goals per game, a program-record. She joined the Bryant staff in June 2012.
“I am extremely honored for this opportunity,” Batcheller said. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Dr. Eric Zillmer, Deputy Athletic Director Nick Gannon, and the entire search committee for giving me the privilege to lead this program. I would also like to thank Bryant Athletic Director Bill Smith, as well as all of the administration and my coaching mentors, for their support and guidance over the years.
“I am looking forward to returning home to Philadelphia and can’t wait to get started working with the Dragons! We will immediately look to build upon the Drexel tradition of success that all of the alumni and past coaches have set in place.”
Prior to accepting a position at Bryant, she was an assistant coach at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. In 2009, she also founded the New England United Club Lacrosse program, which she continues to serve as the program director.
Batcheller graduated from Syracuse University in 2007. She was a four-year starting midfielder for the team, and was the eighth player in school history to score 100 points.
She also helped the team to its first Big East Championship in 2007.