The University of the District of Columbia has announced the hiring of Melynda Zwick Brown as the first-ever women's lacrosse head coach. The Firebirds will compete in the East Coast Conference beginning in the 2014 season.
Zwick Brown has three years of college coaching experience at the Division I level as an assistant coach at Connecticut. Inheriting a 1-15 team, Zwick Brown helped the Huskies to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history.
"Melynda's experiences as a student-athlete and coach are impressive, and she also has extensive experience with lacrosse clubs, camps and clinics throughout the country," UDC athletic director Patricia Thomas said. "Her high energy and enthusiasm are exactly what we need to build a successful program at the University of the District of Columbia. She is a great fit, and I am proud to have her join our team."
During her time at UConn, Zwick Brown served as the offensive coordinator under former head coach Angela McMahon. In that capacity, she guided the Huskies to the 20th-ranked scoring offense, She also served as goalies coach for one season and the draw specialist coach for two seasons, during one of which the team was ranked fifth in the nation for draw controls per game.
Under Zwick Brown, the Huskies had a remarkable turnaround that saw the team go 9-8 in her second year (2009-10) after she inherited a team that went 1-15 in 2007-08. UConn followed that successful 2010 season with a 9-7 mark in 2011.
After three years at UConn, Zwick Brown spent the past year coaching at Holton Arms High in Potomac. As defensive coordinator and goalie coach, she helped rebuild the girls lacrosse program; after three losing seasons the team earned a record of 11-4 and won the Independent School League championship.
Zwick Brown, a native of Holland, Pa., was a four-year letter-winner in lacrosse at Massachusetts. She led the Minutewomen to two Atlantic-10 tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish her senior season. She posted 100 total points on 60 goals and 40 assists over her playing career. Zwick Brown also had a stellar high school career at Council Rock South in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She still holds the Pennsylvania scoring record for a single season with 129 goals as a junior.