Emma Wallace
Emma Wallace
Previous College: Johns Hopkins '07
Position: Head Coach

The 2017-18 season marks Emma Wallace’s sixth year as the head coach of the American University women’s lacrosse team. Wallace joined the staff during the 2012-13 as the interim head coach.

Since she arrived at AU, Wallace has compiled a record of 25-58 (11-29 PL) and mentored eight All-Patriot League selections and two Patriot League All-Tournament honorees, as well as 2013 Rookie of the Year, Teal Harrison. The Eagles have also excelled in the classroom under Wallace’s guidance, earning five consecutive IWLCA Honor Squad nods, as well as a 2013 Merit Squad award for holding one of the top three GPA’s in Division I.

The Eagles have also compiled five Academic All-Patriot League honors, 93 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections, and 24 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll nods. 

In her first season at the helm of the Eagles’ program, Wallace led American to one of its best seasons in team history, matching the program record with five conference wins and earning its highest seed in the Patriot League tournament since 2008. American went 8-10 after starting 0-6 on the year and posted the program’s first-ever upset of a ranked opponent, defeating then-No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in overtime. That season also marked the program’s first Patriot League Rookie of the Year recipient in goalkeeper Teal Harrison, who helped lead the team as it matched Navy for the most All-Patriot League selections in the conference with five. 

Prior to her arrival at American University, Wallace served as an assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley, from September 2011 to June 2012. While with the Bears, Wallace worked primarily with the development of the midfield players. She also served as the head coach of the BearLax Lacrosse Club in Berkeley. 

Before joining the Cal staff, Wallace was the varsity head coach at the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. During her time there, she led the team to the Independent School League Tournament Finals with a record of 14-4. She also served as the varsity head coach at the Highland School in Warrenton, Va., leading the team to the Virginia Independent School League State tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and earned DAC Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2008 and 2010. Wallace has also coached the Upper Corner Lacrosse Club in northern Virginia. 

Wallace was a successful student-athlete in her own right as a member of three NCAA tournament squads while playing as an attacker at Johns Hopkins. She graduated with a degree in political science in 2007.

Updated: Nov. 27, 2017