Oct. 27, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Danielle Gallagher, a member of two U.S. women’s lacrosse World Cup championship teams, has been named assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Notre Dame, head coach Tracy Coyne announced Friday. Gallagher will being her duties immediately and replaces Liz Downing, a member of Coyne coaching staff since the inception of the varsity program in 1997.

“We are really excited to have someone of Danielle’s caliber join us,” said Coyne. “Danielle has fabulous lacrosse credentials and has experienced the game on so many levels. She is going to bring news ideas and a fresh perspective and will be a tremendous influence on our team. She is competing for a berth on her third World Cup team and will be a positive role model for the team.”

“Notre Dame is a growing program in a growth area of the country,” says Gallagher, a 1989 graduate of William & Mary. “It is great to see Tracy doing what she is doing with program. Good things are definitely in store for the program. I’ve know Tracy for years so it will be fun to work with her. She knows what she wants out of the players and has goals and a vision for the program.”

Gallagher was a two-time All-American and captain with the Tribe in 1988 and 1989 and also was a two-year member of the William & Mary field hockey team. She helped the U.S. win the World Cup in 1993 in Scotland and 1997 in Japan. Gallagher served as assistant coach at Colorado College for the 1999 season.

Gallagher’s arrival at Notre Dame also should help the Manhasset, N.Y., native prepare for the upcoming World Cup in addition to helping the Irish develop into one of the country’s top programs.