Julie Shaner Young



  • Head Coach, Villanova University (2012-2021)
    • Most winningest coach in program history
    • Earned berth to Big East Tournament, 1st time in program history (2015)
    • Big East Attacker of the Year (2015)
    • Big East Rookie of the Year (2017)
  • Head Coach, Haverford College (D3, 2009-2011)
    • Broke highest single-season wins in 2nd season
    • Earned first berth in the conference tournament, advanced to semifinal
    • 1st IWLCA All-American since 2000 (Josie Ferri)
    • Centennial Conference Coach of the Year
  • Assistant Coach, University of Pennsylvania (2003-2008)
    • 2x Ivy League Champions, NCAA Championship Finalist
    • Coached seven All-Americans
  • Princeton University (2001)
    • All-Ivy eight time earning four honors each in both soccer and lacrosse
    • Three-time Brine/IWLCA All-American in both sports
    • Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist (country’s top women’s collegiate lacrosse player)


Young went to Princeton where she earned a B.A. in psychology while being a two sport athlete; playing both soccer and lacrosse.

A two-time Tigers soccer captain, three time MVP, four time All-Ivy selection, and three time Mid-Atlantic Regional All America, Young was named the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award winner during her senior year.  This is awarded annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman.

During her four years on the lacrosse team, the Tigers made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, in 2000 playing in the national championship game and in 2001 the national semifinals game.  She was a three-time IWLCA All America, 4-time All-Ivy selection winner, and named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.  During her senior year, she was named a top five finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which is annually awarded to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player.

Following her time as a student athlete, Young played for the USA Women’s Lacrosse National Team from 2001-2004 while also being an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania starting in 2003.

During her six years at Penn, Young assisted head coach Karin Brower and helped the team to five consecutive winning seasons. During the 2007 season the team made it to the semifinals and in 2008 the national championship game in the NCAA Tournament.  Young coached seven All-Americans during her time at Penn and helped coach the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in the Ivy League.

In 2008, Young took her first head coaching position at Haverford College, after her first season she was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year (2009).  The following two seasons she led the team to the program’s first conference tournament.  In 2010, the team set the highest single season win total in program history with 13.  For the first time in 11 years during the 2011 season one of Young’s players was named to the IWLCA All-American team (Josie Ferri).

Young moved down the road to Villanova University in 2012 to take over as the head coach for the women’s lacrosse program.  Young has coached a total of eight BIG EAST first and second team members, one BIG EAST Attacker of the Year and one BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in her first five seasons as the head coach of the Wildcats. She has mentored teams that have succeeded on and off the field, as the Wildcats earned the IWLCA Team Academic Award in 2016, as five Wildcats earned individual IWLCA Academic awards. During her tenure as a Wildcat, Young built the program into BIG EAST Tournament contenders.

Julie and her husband Mike have four children, Kelsey, Sydney, Graham, and Payton. The Young’s reside in Berwyn, Pa.