Army West Point Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera announced that Shannon Gilroy has been promoted to associate head coach on Thursday.
"Shannon has been invaluable to our young team's success over the last four years," Skiera said. "Her steadfast belief in the potential of our program has enriched our competitiveness and winning culture as a team. Shannon is a phenomenal recruiter and incredible teacher of the game. She has been integral in the development of our offense, draw team and goalies, which are position groups that have been ranked among the best in the nation over the past two years."
Gilroy first arrived at West Point in August of 2016 and joined the women's lacrosse coaching staff prior to the program's second year at the Division I level. Since then, she has been a catalyst in bringing the program to new heights.
"Shannon's commitment to developing leaders of character and leading by example shines through in every aspect of our program that she touches," Skiera added. "She is professional, loyal, competent, and carries herself with the highest integrity. We are so fortunate to have her leading the young women of Army women's lacrosse and could not be more thrilled to see her hard work and dedication recognized with this promotion."
In just four years on the staff, Gilroy has helped develop Army into not only one of the top draw control and offensive units in the Patriot League, but also in all of Division I lacrosse. Over the past three seasons, the Black Knights have finished third in the league in draw controls and inside the top-four in goals per game, while setting program records in numerous offensive categories. During that stretch, the Cadets have also ranked among the top-30 nationally in draw controls per game.
Despite a shortened 2020 season in which the Black Knights were one of just eight teams in Division I with an undefeated record, Gilroy had the Cadets on a scoring tear through the first seven games of the year. On top of carrying a 7-0 record, the Black Knights boasted the nation's top draw control unit after winning 68 percent of their draws. Army had scored in double figures in each of the seven outings while ranking 15th nationally in goals per game (15.29). Read more.