The IWLCA named North Carolina’s Jenny Levy, Florida Southern’s Kara Reber and Middlebury’s Kate Livesay its National Coaches of the Year on Monday. Levy (Division I), Reber (Division II) and Livesay (Division III) each earn the distinction after leading their teams to national championships in May.
For Levy, it was the second national title in four years, winning the championship game over undefeated Maryland to do so. North Carolina finished the season at 20-2, records for most wins and fewest losses in a season in school history. Levy’s team won 17 consecutive games to end the season, culminating in the 13-7 victory over Maryland.
Reber earned her honor by leading Florida Southern to its first Division II national championship after just five years in existence. The Mocs beat out two-time defending champion Adelphi 8-7 in the national title game to become the first team form south of the Mason Dixon Line to win a Division II championships. Florida Southern finished the season at 19-3.
Livesay led Middlebury to the Division III national championship in her first year as head coach of the program. It was Middlebury’s first title since 2004, after a season in which Livesay helped her team to a school record 22 wins. She won the championships game over her former program, Trinity, making it the first time a women’s lacrosse coach of any Division has won national championships with two different schools.