The three-time All-American Hilary Bowen was named an assistant coach with the newly formed USC Women’s Lacrosse program earlier this year. She comes to Los Angeles after spending 2011 as an assistant coach with Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md.
The Trojans will begin play in the 2012-13 season.
“To have the opportunity to go somewhere and help build the program is an unbelievable experience,” said Bowen, who has been touring the country this summer trying to spread the word about the USC program. Bowen goes to Southern California hoping to build on an area where the sport is exploding in popularity. Women’s lacrosse is among the fastest growing sports in the country thanks to interest in places such as California, Florida and Texas.
Bowen is spending the summer hoping to find some of that hidden talent. She has worked at camps at Northwestern, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia and will be heading up to Seattle in a couple of weeks.
Bowen said the trick is to get athletes to USC because most have trouble leaving the beautiful campus.
“I think the best thing we can do is get kids to visit,” Bowen said. “For players on the East Coast it seems far but once you get out there it’s hard not to fall in love with everything.”
Bowen’s choice for USC was made a lot easier when she found out who she was going to work with; former teammate Lindsay Munday. Munday gave Bowen her first coaching job when she was the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s.
Munday and Bowen played together at Northwestern for one season as Munday graduated after Bowen’s freshman season. Their relationship continued as Munday was an assistant coach for Bowen’s final three years with the Wildcats.
“Hilary is determined in everything that she does, as evidenced by scoring five goals in the 2009 national championship game while playing on a torn knee ligament,” Munday said. “She will be an incredible role model for our student-athletes, bringing her passion and enthusiasm to them.”