Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse head coach Alex Kahoe has announced the addition of Julia Braig to the coaching staff as the Hawks' newest assistant coach, it was announced in August. A two-time NCAA champion with the University of Maryland, Braig concluded her decorated four-year career in May 2019.
The 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association National Defender of the Year, Braig enjoyed a successful career at College Park from 2016-19, where she was twice tabbed an All-American First Team selection by both the IWLCA and by Inside Lacrosse as well as the back-to-back Big Ten Defender of the Year for her junior and senior seasons (2018, 2019).
The four-year starting defender was also a two-time Tewaaraton nominee, two-time IWLCA All-Region First Team pick, and two-time All-Big Ten Tournament Team selection in 2018 and 2019. Braig was also a three-time All-Big Ten honoree (2017-19) and earned IL All-American Honorable Mention accolades and IWLCA All-Region Second Team recognition as a sophomore.
Braig amassed dominant career numbers in ground balls (103) and caused turnovers (78) as a Terp and helped lead her squad to a four-year record of 87-4, which included an undefeated 45-0 home record. As a senior, she helped Maryland to a 22-1 record while anchoring a defense that held 16 of 23 opponents to under 10 goals, en route to 2019 NCAA All-Tournament Team accolades.
Braig graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in economics in May 2019. A native of Reisterstown, Md. and product of St. Paul's School, Braig currently resides in Philadelphia.