DETROIT – Laurie Merian has announced that she is stepping down from her position as University of Detroit Mercy head women’s lacrosse coach to pursue other opportunities.
“We thank Coach Merian for her dedication, hard work and success during her time as an assistant coach and head coach at Detroit Mercy,” said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. “She helped build a winning culture academically and competitively, and her sole focus was the welfare and experience of each student-athlete. We wish her the very best in her next opportunity.”
“Leaving Detroit Mercy was a very hard decision for me to make,” said coach Merian. “These past four years have been amazing, and I was able to make strong relationships and work with incredibly talented student-athletes. I am happy that I was able to make an impact and contribute to the success of the program. I look forward to cheering them on in the future, and I wish nothing but the best for the entire Detroit Mercy athletic department.”
Merian just ended her second year at the helm of the women’s lacrosse team and was the Southern Conference’s inaugural Coach of the Year in 2018. She led the Titans to the No. 1 seed and Detroit Mercy’s first regular-season title in school history as the Titans shared the crown with Central Michigan.
In two years, she guided the team to 16 total wins and a trip to the SoCon semifinals this past season.
Prior to that, she spent two seasons as Detroit Mercy’s assistant coach, helping the program reach a pair of Atlantic Sun championship games and a school-record 12 wins in 2016.
A search for the next Detroit Mercy women’s lacrosse head coach will begin immediately.