YNS Live with NFL Thread feat. Mindy McCord

Jan 20, 2022

Listen to a new episode of YNS Live with NFL Thread recorded live on Fireside with hosts Juliet Hahn and Cynthia Zordich featuring Mindy McCord.


When you identify people's real passion, purpose, and strengths, and you give them autonomy to do that, it betters every organization the way it should. - Mindy McCord


Mindy McCord enters her 13th season as the Jacksonville women's lacrosse head coach heading into 2022 and has compiled a record of 156-57 over her first 12 years with the Dolphins. Overall, this is her 33rd season as a coach at the high school or collegiate level.


As the first-ever coach for the women's lacrosse team, Mindy has led the Dolphins from a startup program to national prominence, highlighted by seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament and a combined 14 conference regular season and tournament titles between the National Lacrosse Conference and the ASUN Conference. Under her direction, the Dolphins have also compiled 17 NCAA statistical championships and one individual statistical title (Rachel Hannon, Draw Control – 2012).


As a women’s lacrosse and field hockey coach, Mindy has accumulated 251 wins in two sports at all levels. Her teams have earned either first-place championships or runner-up status 12 times during her 23 seasons as a head coach. She has recruited and developed 11 All-Americans, 23 regional All-Americans, and six conference players of the year.


Mindy’s coaching career began while studying for her master's in Counselor Education at Virginia Tech. While attending the school, she coached the women’s lacrosse club team for two years, helping them to earn Division I status in the ACC.


Her full-time coaching career began as a 23-year old head coach at prestigious Oberlin College in Ohio. As one of the NCAA’s youngest head coaches, she hit the ground running winning consecutive lacrosse conference titles in 1997 and 1998. During the 1997 season, her squad boasted an undefeated conference record (11-0), leading to North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. The two titles were the only two championships won by any program at Oberlin College during her four-year tenure.


Mindy co-founded with her husband a national travel lacrosse club called the Lax Maniax Elite. This club has helped more than 275 young women from Florida go on to play lacrosse in college and has boasted 22 high school all-Americans. The program won the 2007 and 2008 Southeastern Lacrosse championship and is recognized as the leading national club in the south.


For the past four years, Mindy has served as a Division I representative to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and has served the last four years on Division I ranking committee. Along with those duties, McCord served the JU community as a member of EAC from 2012-16 on the wellness committee and was the Vice President of the EAC from 2015-16.


Mindy was born in Westminster, Md., and attended Westminster High School where she played field hockey, lacrosse, and ran track, earning honors in all three sports. In her senior year, she founded and implemented the first lacrosse club in Carroll County, Md., for middle and high school girls. Her husband Paul coached at JU through the 2019 season and works for Legacy Global Sports. The family resides in Florida.


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