Laurie Merian, who was named the 2018 Southern Conference Coach of the Year after leading the University of Detroit Mercy to a share of the conference regular season championship, has been selected to lead the Albion College women's lacrosse program, Athletic Director Matt Arend announced Friday.
She will officially assume her duties at Albion on Sept. 4.
"I am thrilled to have Coach Merian join the Albion College athletic department," Arend said. "Laurie is a proven winner with proven success at two institutions as a head coach. I am excited to see our women's lacrosse program excel under her leadership."
Merian was on the Titans staff for four years, including the last two as head coach where the team achieved a 16-19 overall record.
The Titans were picked to finish fourth in the SoCon preseason poll, but they won six of their final seven contests, including three victories on the road.
Detroit Mercy broke 11 team records during the 2018 season, including goals (255), goals per game (14.17), assists (113), assists per game (6.28), points (368), points per game (20.44), shots on goal (438) and caused turnovers per game (9.83). Detroit Mercy 21st in the nation in points per game (20.44) and 23rd in NCAA Division I in scoring offense (14.17 goals per game).
The Titans' 2018 success was validated with nine student-athletes gaining all-conference awards, including the Offensive Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year awards.
In addition to their success in competition, the Titans were just as focused in the classroom, gaining recognition on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad. Detroit Mercy was one of 13 Division I squads to have at least eight student-athletes achieve distinction on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
Detroit Mercy finished the 2017 campaign by winning its last four contests. The Titans defeated Old Dominion University, the defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion, to ignite the winning streak.
A graduate of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, Merian is no stranger to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. She got her start in the coaching profession as head coach at Alma College for three seasons. Hired in 2011 to start the program, she improved the Scots from six wins during the inaugural season in 2012 to 15 victories in 2013 and 13 in 2014. Alma finished second in the MIAA and advanced to the MIAA Tournament championship game in 2013 and 2014.
A four-year letter winner in lacrosse and a two-year letter winner in soccer at Belmont Abbey, she was a three-time all-region award winner in lacrosse. Her lacrosse honors included gaining first team status in the Conference Carolina all four years, as well as earning Freshman of the Year in the conference and being selected to the Rookie All-American Team and Belmont Abbey's Female Freshman Athlete of the Year. Merian was named the team captain as a junior and senior and was the team MVP as a sophomore.
She married Dan Merian in the summer of 2014. The couple have a son, Kaiden, and a daughter, Ezra.
"I am very thankful and excited to join the Albion athletic department," Merian said. "I would like to thank Matt Arend for giving me the opportunity to be the next head coach and mentor to the student-athletes of the women's lacrosse program. With the strength of the academic programs and the newly renovated athletic facilities I believe that the success of this program will continue to grow. I can't wait to meet the team and start building relationships with my new players and the other coaches in the department."
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