Coastal Carolina Names Jaime Sellers Women's Lacrosse Coach
CONWAY, S.C. -- In the spring of 2010, Coastal Carolina announced it would be starting a women's lacrosse program. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, Jaime Sellers was introduced by Chanticleer Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek as the program's first head coach at a press conference in the Adkins Field House's Buddy Sasser Athletic Hall of Fame room.
"I would first and foremost like to thank Dr. David DeCenzo, Hunter Yurachek and Cari Rosiek for this amazing opportunity," Sellers said. "The success Coastal Carolina athletics has seen in its relatively young history with the NCAA is truly impressive. It is no coincidence that an athletic department, under such superior leadership, has achieved success so quickly. In every way, Coastal Carolina shares my passion for achieving excellence in both athletics and academics.
"I have set high expectations for both myself and the women's lacrosse program here at Coastal. I could not be more excited, eager and ready to officially start working towards those goals and our shared mission of creating 'Champions for Life.'"
Sellers will use the 2011-12 academic year to build a schedule, develop the infrastructure of her program and recruit a team that will begin competition in the Spring of 2013. Coastal's lacrosse program, along with the Chanticleers' other 17 sports, will compete in the Big South Conference, which will add lacrosse as its 19th championship sponsored sport in the spring of 2013 whose champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Joining Coastal Carolina in the seven-team League will be Campbell, associate member Davidson, High Point, Liberty, Presbyterian and Winthrop.
"I am excited to have Jaime join our team of head coaches and the Chanticleer family," Yurachek said. "Following an extensive search, it was clear that Jaime was the best person to begin our women's lacrosse program. She was highly recommended by her peers at both Stanford and within the lacrosse coaching circle. She brings a high level of energy, excitement, organization and passion that are all needed to begin a program. Our women's lacrosse program is in great hands with Jaime as the head coach."
Sellers comes to Coastal Carolina after three seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach at Stanford University where she handled the defense and scouting as her main coaching responsibilities.
This past season, Stanford reached a program-high sixth in the national ranking, setting a school record for wins (16) and goals (301) in a single season and ranking second in the NCAA in scoring (15.84 goals per game). The Cardinal made their second consecutive NCAA playoff appearance after winning the program's seventh consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship. Stanford teams during her tenure also produced the MPSF Player of the Year all three years, including Leslie Foard, who became Stanford's third Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American and first to earn first team honors.
In addition to the on-field success, Stanford produced a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America and had a total of 31 MPSF All-Academic honors bestowed upon the student-athletes.
Sellers graduated from William & Mary in 2008 after a 66-goal season, breaking a school single-season record that had stood for more than 30 years and ranking 13th nationally in goals per game (3.47). That year, she earned first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a midfield player adding second team All-CAA honors as a junior. Also during her senior season, Sellers scored three goals against Stanford and three against George Mason, who was coached at the time by Amy Bokker, the current head coach at Stanford. Over her career, Sellers scored 108 goals, fourth-best on the Tribe all-time list, and had 19 assists for 127 points.
"We are very excited for Jaime as she pursues this new opportunity at Coastal Carolina University," Bokker said. "She has been a big part of our success at Stanford and I look forward to seeing her grow as a head coach."
The native of Kennebunk, Maine, led the Tribe in six categories as a senior (goals, points, draw controls, shots, free position goals and shots on goal) and scored five game-winning goals, while earning second team IWLCA All-South Region honors and IWLCA Academic All-American recognition.
Sellers received her B.A. for business administration in marketing and a B.A. in psychology from William & Mary in 2008.