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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia head women’s lacrosse coach Julie Myers announced Thursday that former Cavalier Jessy Morgan has been named an assistant coach.

Morgan returns to Charlottesville after serving as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Howard University for two seasons. During her time with the Bison, Morgan coached the 2010 National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Attacker of the Year, Desiree Cox, two NLC All-Academic Team members and three NLC All-Tournament Team honorees.

“I am so excited to have Jessy Morgan back at UVa helping us compete at the highest level,” Myers said. “She brings great experience, energy and passion, not only for lacrosse, but also for the University of Virginia and our athletics department. Jessy is a great addition to our staff and program and we feel lucky to work alongside her.”

A former All-American defender for the Cavaliers, Morgan helped UVa win the 2004 NCAA Championship and three ACC titles in her four years. The Baltimore, Md., native anchored a Cavalier defense that finished the 2006 season ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense. In addition, Inside Lacrosse named her a National Player of the Week that year for her accomplishments in helping UVa secure victories over back-to-back nationally ranked opponents.

Morgan finished both her junior and senior seasons ranked third on the team in ground balls and second in caused turnovers.

On the national scene, Morgan was a two-time USA Developmental Team member and was voted the eighth-best African-American lacrosse player of all-time by Lacrosse Magazine.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be back in Charlottesville,” Morgan said. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a program that has already given so much to me. I am excited to be able to work alongside two of the best coaches in the game and I’m really excited about starting the season.”

Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia in 2007.

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