PHILADELPHIA – 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 on Monday morning. A two-time NCAA champion with the University of Maryland, Braig concluded her decorated four-year career in May 2019.
"I am excited to welcome Julia Braig to Hawk Hill," said Kahoe. "Julia had an amazing playing career, and I am looking forward to her bringing her leadership and championship experience to Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse."
"I really respect how Alex and her staff have committed themselves to growing this program," said Braig. "Their past success clearly shows that their dedication is working. The more I was able to talk with the players and other staff members, the more I fell in love with St. Joe's and everything the community has to offer. The entire athletic program is growing bigger and stronger, and it’s such an incredible time to be joining this athletic department. The women’s lacrosse program is no different; it's growing stronger and building into something really remarkable, and I am so excited and proud to be a part of it."
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.
"Saint Joseph's is getting a good one with Julia Braig," said Maryland head coach Cathy Reese. "A two-year captain for us, Julia was an incredible leader and an avid worker and played an enormous role in all of our success. She has great knowledge of the game, and her passion is infectious. Julia is one of the best defenders I've ever had the opportunity to coach, and I have no doubt she will be just as successful as a coach."
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.
"I am definitely a very positive, yet competitive, person and I look to bring that into my coaching," added Braig. "I'm really looking forward to working with the defense. Defense always thrives under great team chemistry and having trust in each other, and I can already see that this team has a great connection."
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.