When the Bishop Lynch women's lacrosse program makes its debut next spring, they'll be under the leadership of one of the sport's pioneers in the state of Texas.
Elisabeth Holmes was recently hired to be the program's first head coach and has already hit the ground running with an eager group of Lady Friars.
"Coach Holmes brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience with her to Bishop Lynch," athletic director Shawn Halloran said. "Her background will help provide our student-athletes the ability to learn the game quickly. Her understanding of the mission of athletics at Bishop Lynch was evident in the hiring process."
Holmes has spent the majority of her life playing, coaching and mentoring in the sport. The Ivy League graduate played field hockey and lacrosse all four years while attending the University of Pennsylvania.
Her first coaching gig came at the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, PA, where she spent eight years coaching lacrosse and field hockey at the middle and high school levels. She also coached at the youth level in suburban Philadelphia.
In May 2009, she became coach for the TXL Select Travel Club in Dallas where she not only coached, but assisted athletes in the college recruitment process.
Holmes founded the Women's Lacrosse program at Southern Methodist University, as well as Plano United Girls' Lacrosse. She has coached both lacrosse and field hockey at the Hockaday School.
Her involvement with the sport's management and development runs deep. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Texas Women's Lacrosse League, and is Chairman of the US Lacrosse/ Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates.
"It's a privilege to coach at Bishop Lynch, which has a long tradition of academic and athletic excellence," Holmes said. "We plan to continue that tradition by providing another opportunity for the student-athletes to participate in a fast, high-scoring sport which is growing rapidly in Texas.
My experience in starting and developing lacrosse programs from the ground floor will be greatly assisted by the tremendous support we are receiving from the school's administration. We are excited to start another tradition of excellence at Bishop Lynch."