Club Directors

Julie Shaner Young
Club Co-Director & Co-Owner

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Profile Highlights

  • Head Coach, Villanova University (2012-Present)
    • 2015 Season Highlights
      • Earned berth to Big East Tournament, 1st time in program history
      • Big East Attacker of the Year
  • 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)

Full Bio

A dual-sport athlete at Princeton University where she earned a B.A. in psychology in 2001, Young was All-Ivy eight times earning four honors each in both soccer and lacrosse. As the team captain in 2001, Young led the Tigers lacrosse team to the Ivy League championship and a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Penn’s leap into the 2008 NCAA championship game was Young’s second visit to the final after her Princeton squad played in the 2000 final. A three-time Brine/IWLCA All-American (’99, ’00, ’01), she was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist–presented to the top women’s collegiate lacrosse player–in 2001.

A two-time Tigers soccer captain, three time team MVP (’97, ’99, ’00) and three time Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American in soccer (’97, ’99, ’00), Young was presented the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award at the culmination of her senior year at Princeton, an honor given to the University’s Sportswoman of the Year.

After completing a stellar career at Princeton University, Young was named lead assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. While at Penn, she helped head coach Karin Brower transform the Quakers – a team that had one winning record since 1983 – into a two-time Ivy League champion (2007, 2008) and an NCAA championship finalist in 2008.

Young coached seven All-Americans while at Penn and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and chief scout of Quaker opponents. For Brower, Young planned practices and developed game strategies that have propelled the women to five consecutive winning seasons and a 73-42 overall mark.

In 2008, Young was named the head coach at Haverford College. In her three seasons as head coach at Haverford, Young built a Centennial Conference contender. In 2010 her squad went 13-5, the highest single-season wins total in the Haverford program’s history, and earned the Fords’ first berth in the conference tournament where they won their first round game and advanced to the semifinal. The Fords’ followed that with a 10-7 record in 2011 and featured their first IWLCA All-American since 2000 in junior Josie Ferri. Young led Haverford to a 10-6 record in 2009 and her efforts earned her Centennial Conference Coach of the Year accolades.

In her post-collegiate playing days, Young was a member of the United States National Development Lacrosse Team from 2001-2002 and the U.S. National Elite Lacrosse Team from 2003-2004. Locally, Young is the co-founder of the Philly Women’s Lacrosse League which has created opportunities for post-collegiate players to continue playing lacrosse after college.

Young was named the head women’s lacrosse coach at Villanova University in June 2011.

Josie Ferri
Club Co-Director & Co-Owner

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Profile Highlights

  • Masters in Sport Management, Drexel University (2015)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA (2012-Present)
  • Head Coach, Episcopal Academy (2014-Present)
    • 2014 Conference Champions
    • 2016 State Champions
    • Three US Lacrosse All-Americans
  • Assistant Coach, Villanova University (2013)
  • Haverford College (2012)
    • IWLCA All-American, 4x Regional All-American, 4x All-Conference
    • Centennial Conference Woman of the Year Nominee

Full Bio

Josie Ferri graduated from Haverford College with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Neural and Behavior Sciences. She also holds a masters in Sport Management from Drexel University. Following graduation, Ferri became an assistant coach at Villanova University under her former college coach, Julie Young. In 2013, Ferri was named head coach at The Episcopal Academy. In her first three seasons at Episcopal, Ferri coached three All Americans and lead the team to a 61-13 record (.824).

Ferri was a stand out player at Haverford as a four-time All-Centennial Conference player, a four-time Metro-Region selection as well as an IWLCA National All-American. As a midfielder, she led the Fords in scoring, points, draws and free-position goals every season of her college career. Ferri graduated Haverford with 240 points (174 g, 66 a), holding the record for career draw controls and free position goals. She served as team captain her senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player. She was also honored as the Centennial Conference Woman of the Year Nominee and received the Steven G. Carey Award, given to the senior who has made the greatest overall impact on the athletic department.

Previously, Ferri has coached the Conestoga Snipers in the Summer of 2010 and helped Julie Young create and coach the Philly Blast Lacrosse club program in 2011. In addition to serving as the program’s co-director and administrator, she also acted as the head coach for the Philly Blast 2017 Gold summer tournament team in 2012 and the head coach for the Philly Blast 2016 team in 2013. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Ferri developed and ran a Speed, Agility, Strength and Stickwork (SASS) Camp in August 2012 and 2013. She has worked at numerous camps and clinics in the area as well as provided private training for developing lacrosse players.

Ferri also runs Philly Women’s Lacrosse, a year-round lacrosse league for college and post-college players.

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