Julie Duffy was named Merrimack's seventh women's lacrosse head coach on July 27, 2016, and will begin her first season at the helm in 2016-17.
Responsible for guiding the University of Findlay's women's lacrosse program from the ground up, Duffy arrives in North Andover after spending five seasons with the Oilers. She saw her teams improve their win total each season and guided Findlay to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GLIAC) Tournament Final this past spring as part of a school-record 12-win campaign.
Overall, Duffy compiled 34 wins over the last four years with Findlay, leading the team to postseason conference tournament berths in all four years of varsity competition. Duffy also helped get the squad off the ground and running by coaching the Oilers while they competed at the club level for the program's initial year of existence in 2011-12 before becoming full Division II members.
Individually, Duffy helped a number of her student-athletes earn individual accolades, including a two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) All-American and All-Region selection, as well as a three-time GLIAC Midlfielder of the Year and a GLIAC Attacker of the Year.
Before this year's 12-win campaign – which also marked the school's first-ever winning season – Duffy led the Oilers to back-to-back eight-win seasons in 2014 and 2015. In the team's first year of competition in 2013, the Oilers won an impressive six games and went an even 4-4 in the highly competitive GLIAC, qualifying the league's postseason tournament and ending the year with a perfect record at home.
Outside of her responsibilities as the Oilers head coach, the Westhampton, Massachusetts, native serves as the NCAA Division II representative on the IWLCA board of directors and is a member of the IWLCA All-American Committee.
Prior to her tenure at Findlay, Duffy served as the head women's lacrosse coach at Division III Ohio Wesleyan University from 2008-11, compiling a 21-25 record. She also currently serves as the head coach of the Midwestern Force Lacrosse Club, a position she has held since 2008.
She began her collegiate coaching career at Ithaca College, serving as a graduate assistant on the women's lacrosse staff after a successful playing career at Hartwick College.
Duffy graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Hartwick in 2007. She then completed her master's degree in exercise and sports science, with a concentration in sport psychology, at Ithaca during the summer of 2008.
Emily Boerger begins her first season with the women's lacrosse team in 2016-17 and serves as assistant coach.
Boerger spent the 2015-16 season at Findlay as a member of Merrimack head coach Julie Duffy's coaching staff. She helped the Oilers post a school-record 12 wins during her only season with the program.
While in Ohio, she helped Findlay reach the GLIAC Championship for the first time in program history, and also instructed an All-American and all-region selection, as well as the GLIAC Midfielder of the Year and four All-GLIAC selections. She also assisted in planning and directing practices, as well as the team's strength and conditioning program, while also recording and analyzing game film and statistics.
Prior to Findlay, Boerger served as a volunteer assistant coach with Ohio State from 2013-15. While with the Buckeyes, she assisted in planning and directing practices, coordinating skill development and analyzing all film statistics among other things. She has also coached club with North Star Lacrosse since 2013.
Boerger graduated from Urbana University in 2013 with a degree in exercise science. She was a second team all-conference pick for the Blue Knights in 2013 and holds four Urbana school records.