Brigid Strain joined the Yale coaching staff in the Fall of 2008 after a stellar playing career at James Madison. Strain, who made a pair of NCAA Elite Eight appearances and won a pair of CAA regular season and tournament championships with James Madison in 2004 and 2006, works with the Bulldogs defense. She was second team All-CAA at that position in 2008, also earning a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors' Association All-State Lacrosse Team. Strain also took part in the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game.
"Brigid immediately impressed me in the interview process with the attribute that this program will exemplify, and that is 'Commitment to Excellence'," said Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. "Coach Strain has a tremendous work ethic and an impressive ability to analyze and teach the game."
Strain led the Dukes in ground balls in 2007 with 28. She had 31 ground balls and 31 draw controls in 2008, and her 16 draws in seven conference games tied her for fifth in the CAA in that category. Strain, who started 49 of 51 games over her final three seasons, also had 42 caused turnovers for her career. The Dukes went 58-32 (.644) while she was on the team.
Strain has been selected for U.S. National Team trials twice. She has worked numerous lacrosse camps in Virginia and also spent a summer playing lacrosse in Australia. Strain is also a tech representative for STX, Inc. in Baltimore. Strain received her B.S. in kinesiology with a minor in business in 2007 and her M.B.A. in athletic administration from JMU in December 2008. She was a three-time CAA Commissioner's Academic Award winner.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Strain attended Mt. Vernon. Her sisters, Cathleen and Shannon, played lacrosse at Longwood.
|JMU with Strain|
|2004||16-4 (7-0 CAA)||CAA Reg. Season Champs, CAA Tourney Champs, NCAA QF (1-1 NCAAs)|
|2005||7-9 (2-5 CAA)|
|2006||15-5 (6-1 CAA)||CAA Reg. Season Champs, CAA Tourney Champs, NCAA QF (1-1 NCAAs)|
|2007||13-5 (5-2 CAA)|
|2008||7-9 (3-4 CAA)|
|58-32 (23-12 CAA)|