Meg Decker was hired as the first head coach in Hartford Women's Lacrosse history in August 2016. Decker joined the Hawks after helping to build the Virginia Commonwealth women’s lacrosse program from scratch as an assistant coach and being a player on the inaugural women’s lacrosse team at the United States Naval Academy.
The Hawks announced the addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in October 2015 with the program set to begin competition during the 2017-18 school year. The Hawks will be the eighth of the nine America East schools to sponsor women’s lacrosse, with Maine the only conference member without the sport.
Decker spent two years as an assistant to VCU Head Coach Jen O’Brien, assisting with the building of the program from her hiring in 2014 and helping to coach the team in its first season as a varsity program in 2016. In this role, she simultaneously recruited three different recruiting classes, blended recruited student-athletes with existing club team players, and fundraised and marketed for the newly-founded program.Read more
Liv Pyne was hired as an assistant coach for the University of Harford in September 2016. Pyne came to the Hawks following a successful playing career at the University of Oregon (2011-15), where she served as a team captain for the Ducks during her senior season.
An Edgewater, Md. native, Pyne started all 18 games and led Oregon with 34 goals as a senior. She finished her career with 62 goals, 19 assists and a .504 shooting percentage. After graduation, Pyne took over as the head coach at West Linn (Ore.) for the 2015-16 academic year, leading the Lions to the state championship game.
“I am so thankful and excited to work along side Meg and the athletic department in developing the women’s lacrosse program at the University of Hartford,” Pyne said. “I am very honored to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of professionals and to learn from the best.”
Tara Coyle enters her first season as a member of the University of Hartford women’s lacrosse coaching staff, joining the Hawks as an assistant coach in 2018. Coyle comes to Hartford from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as an assistant coach.
Coyle was an integral part of the inaugural women's lacrosse team at VCU, serving as a member of the Rams’ coaching staff for three years from 2014-17, including a brief stint as Interim Head Coach in 2016.
During Coyle's time at VCU, the Rams were ranked highest among the five first-year Division I programs in 2016, with team members earning two Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors and one A-10 Player of the Week laurel. The program won its inaugural game, 21-9, over Gardner-Webb and later earned its first conference victory over St. Bonaventure.Read more