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Sonia LaMonica

Sonia LaMonica Named Virginia Women's Lacrosse Coach

July 5, 2023
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
John Strohsacker

Sonia LaMonica, who spent the past 14 seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Towson, was announced Wednesday as Julie Myers’ replacement at Virginia.

“Coach LaMonica is a fearless competitor who had a dominant career as a player at Maryland and as the head coach at Towson,” Virginia AD Carla Williams said. “She’ll hit the ground running here at UVA.”

LaMonica takes over Virginia after amassing a 139-91 record at Towson. She owns a 147-101 all-time coaching record after starting her head coaching career at Mount St. Mary’s for one season.

“It is an absolute honor to follow in the footsteps of a legend,” LaMonica said. “Julie Myers’ dedication and love for this program has been unwavering and a source of inspiration.”

Myers recently accepted a position as the CEO of the One Love Foundation, a national non-profit organization with the goal of ending relationship abuse. It is named in honor of Yeardley Love, one of Myers’ former Virginia players who was murdered in 2010. Myers will assume her new role in September.

LaMonica led the Tigers to seven NCAA tournament appearances and four CAA tournament titles. Towson finished first or second in the CAA in 10 of her 14 seasons and made nine CAA tournament championship game appearances.

LaMonica’s husband, Michael LaMonica, who was a member of the Towson coaching staff, will join her as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers.