BUENA VISTA, Va.— Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today named Nancy Webber as the university's next head women's lacrosse coach.
Current head coach Jordan Sorensen will remain on staff as an assistant.
"We are excited to have Nancy join our women's lacrosse program and use her experience to help our team," Lamb said. "She has been very successful throughout her 15 years of coaching and we feel she will do a wonderful job for us. With her proven track record, she can help our girls compete in the Capital Athletic Conference and make an impact on the league standings."
Having coached since 1999, Webber (formerly Haws) has found tremendous success throughout her career with nearly 150 wins and four high school All-Americans to her credit. Six of her former athletes went on to play at the NCAA Division I level and multiple have become coaches themselves.
Webber comes to Southern Virginia by way of Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Virginia, where she totaled 101 wins as the head coach from 2007-13 and was named a Virginia District Coach of the Year five times and Region Coach of the Year four seasons. The Warriors advanced to the state AAA quarterfinals for eight consecutive seasons during that span, including an appearance to the semifinals round in 2012 and a state championship in 2010. Following the 2010 title season, Webber became the only AA coach to win a AAA championship in state history.
"I am thrilled for this opportunity to coach at the collegiate level and excited to work with the girls," Webber said. "I see a lot of opportunities for growth within the program and I can't wait to help establish a culture of success.
"My philosophy is to give them the knowledge they need in order to perform and maximize their potential. The immediate impact may not affect wins and losses, but more so in getting the most out of them to help them be competitive and confident in their abilities."
She presently coaches the Seminole Select girls travel team and coached the CV lacrosse club team from 2011-12. In addition, Webber coached the Blue Ridge club team based in Charlottesville from 2005-11 and has helped develop and supervise the YMCA girls youth league since 2007.
Prior to Western Albemarle, Webber served as head coach of the girls lacrosse program at The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah, from 1999-2004. She had an immediate impact on the program, helping the Ravens to a state runner-up finish in 1999 and again in 2002. She was named the Utah State Coach of the Year in 1999 after leading the inaugural Raven program to its second-place finish.
"Nancy brings a sense of enthusiasm and excitement to our women's lacrosse program," said Southern Virginia Senior Woman Administrator Deidra Dryden. "She has demonstrated that she can get the most out of her players and they're excited to play for her. Her knowledge of the game and footprint in this region will pay dividends to our current and future women's lacrosse players."
Outside of coaching, Webber serves on the USLacrosse women's game committee and has been the coaches' subcommittee chair since 2010. A member of the USLacrosse volunteer board from 2004-06, she has a USLacrosse coaching certificate at the Level 1 course and class, Level 2 course and Level 3 course and class.
Webber resides in Crozet, Virginia, with her daughter, Julia, and son, Joshua. Her eldest daughter, Jordan Trejo, is an All-American women's lacrosse player at BYU and resides in Provo, Utah, with her husband, Chase. Nancy's eldest son, Justin, will be a freshman on the men's lacrosse team at BYU this fall.