Sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford has announced the hiring of Bria Eulitt and Kristy Black as assistant coaches for the GW lacrosse team.
July 11, 2012
WASHINGTON – Coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, George Washington lacrosse has added Kristy Black and Bria Eulitt to its staff as assistant coaches, sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford has announced.
“I am excited to welcome Bria and Kristy to the GW lacrosse family as they have achieved an incredible amount of success during their playing careers,” said Hannaford. “Their experience of winning championships will be invaluable to our program, and their energy and passion for the game of lacrosse will have a tremendous impact on our student-athletes. I am looking forward to building upon the success of our 2012 season with Bria and Kristy.”
A native of Glenwood, Md., Black joins the Colonials’ staff after spending the past four years as a member of the four-time ACC champion Maryland lacrosse team. Black helped the Terrapins to four straight conference titles and an NCAA Division I national title in 2010, in addition to three consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances.
“I am honored to join the George Washington family and appreciate the opportunity Tara and the Athletics Department have provided me,” said Black. “As a player, I was privileged enough to be part of a national championship team, and I know the amount of dedication and hard work that it takes on and off the field to get there. Throughout my lacrosse career, I have been fortunate to have played for not only excellent coaches, but individuals who had outstanding character and my goal is to emulate these characteristics at George Washington.”
Since 2005, Black has served as a counselor at various summer lacrosse camps across Maryland. In the summer of 2008, she established the DI All-Star Camp for girls ages 5-14, her vision for which was to enable and empower young girls to become confident in the sport of lacrosse, as well as in life. Through the DI All-Star Camp, Black’s responsibilities included coordinating, scheduling, directing and teaching lacrosse to over 100 young girls. While maintaining responsibility for campers, she also managed and instructed camp counselors in numerous courses, including 'How to be an Effective Teacher' and 'How to be an Effective Coach.'
Black also served as a camp coach for Elevate Lacrosse for three years where she was responsible for teaching the game to girls ages 5-18. While working with Elevate Lacrosse, she prepared assessments on players for college coaches; initiated, organized and conducted drills and games; and generated in-depth conversation on playing lacrosse at the collegiate level. Adding to her resume, Black has served as coach of Hero’s Lacrosse Club since 2005, where she was responsible for coaching and educating high school players on the skills necessary to play at the collegiate level. She also conducted practice sessions twice per week and organized motivational and team-building activities and exercises.
A two-year starter and a team captain her senior season, Black tallied a total of 100 goals, 51 assists and 80 draw controls in her four-year career at Maryland. She was also a member of the ACC All-Academic Team. Black graduated from Maryland in the spring of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in hearing and speech.
A native of Ellicott City, Md., Eulitt comes to GW after spending one season as an assistant for her alma mater and Atlantic 10 rival Richmond. While with the Spiders, Eulitt was responsible for creating and executing defensive strategies and plays, in addition to analyzing opponent’s game film and preparing depth charts and scouting reports. She played a role in the foundation of the non-profit organization Friends of Jaclyn at Richmond and was responsible for several of the Spiders’ community service efforts. Under Eulitt’s watch, Richmond compiled a 10-8 record and earned its way to the 2012 A-10 title game.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the GW lacrosse family and I am really looking forward to working with this coaching staff and our student-athletes,” said Eulitt. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the Colonials' program and to promote such an outstanding university. My lacrosse career has been influenced by many great coaches, players and experiences, both locally and internationally. These experiences have given me the skills and knowledge that I hope to bring to GW, so the student-athletes can be successful on and off the field.”
Prior to working at Richmond this past season, Eulitt served as head coach of the Wilderness Lacrosse Club in Adelaide, South Australia during the summer of 2010. While overseas, she helped develop the U-18 and U-15 high school lacrosse programs at the Wilderness School through practices and games, skill and goalkeeper instruction to enhance player performance, and coordinating offensive and defensive sets.
While also coaching the team during practices, Eulitt was also a member of the Wilderness Women’s Lacrosse Club team where she played midfield alongside members of the Australia and Japan national teams. In 2007, Eulitt helped the U.S. Women’s Under 19 team win the gold medal in the World Championships in Peterborough, Ontario.
During the summers of 2008, 2010 and 2011, Eulitt worked as a counselor at various lacrosse camps along the East Coast, including Duke, Maryland, Navy, Richmond and Virginia. She also served as an assistant coach with M&D Lacrosse during the summer from 2007-09.
A four-year starter and two-year captain, Eulitt was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team following her first year at Richmond. She earned a spot on the league’s first team following her junior campaign and the second team following her senior season. In 2010 she was named to the VaSID Second Team. Additionally, she was selected to attend the 2011 NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. Eulitt graduated from Richmond in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.