DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head women’s lacrosse coach Kerstin Kimel announced Monday the addition of Bria Irizarry to the Blue Devils’ coaching staff. Irizarry joins the program as an assistant coach after spending the past three seasons as the top assistant at Army West Point.
"I am so excited to welcome Bria to our coaching staff,” Kimel said. “I have known Bria since she was a fantastic high school player and regular attendee at our summer camps. She coached with us each summer and winter throughout her playing days at Richmond and during her coaching career as well.
“She brings with her an incredible wealth of experience, having worked at several fantastic institutions—most notably at the honorable United States Military Academy with Duke alum Kristen Waagbo, where she was instrumental in getting their newly established program off the ground. Bria has always had a tremendous love for Duke, our players and Duke lacrosse and all of us are all thrilled to have her and Danny join the Duke lacrosse family."
Irizarry comes to Durham after helping Waagbo, a former Blue Devil assistant and Duke alumna, transition the Army West Point program to the varsity level beginning in 2015-16. She oversaw the squad’s final year at the club level and directed the Black Knights to a number of milestones during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns, including the program’s first victory Feb. 20, 2016, against Central Connecticut State University and its first Patriot League win April 19, 2017, against Colgate.
A defensive specialist, Irizarry guided goalkeeper Maddie Burns to the first Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors in program history. Irizarry also saw Manuela Cortes and Kiersten Spencer claim the program’s first all-conference accolades in 2017.
In her role as the first assistant, Irizarry acted as the program’s recruiting coordinator, managing evaluation of and correspondence with recruits and tracking committed players through the admissions process. She also prepared in-depth scouting reports and served as an Assistant Camp Director for the program.
"I want to thank head coach Kerstin Kimel and Senior Deputy Director of Athletics Doctor Chris Kennedy for the incredible opportunity to be a part of not only an outstanding institution but also an athletics department that sets a high standard of excellence,” Irizarry said. “My heart has always bled Duke Blue and I am looking forward to working alongside Kerstin, Lauren and Morgan to make a positive impact on a highly talented Duke women's lacrosse program."
Prior to arriving at Army West Point, Irizarry spent two seasons as the top assistant at George Washington University. She directed the Colonials’ defense, which ranked third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2013, and helped mentor three All-Atlantic 10 honorees in 2014.
Irizarry began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Richmond, where she served as an assistant coach in 2012. She worked with the Spiders’ defensive unit as the squad earned a berth in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament title game.
A 2011 graduate of Richmond, Irizarry was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection for the Spiders. She helped lead the program to appearances in the conference’s championship contest during the 2008, 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Irizarry also served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons and was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2008.
Irizarry earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Richmond.
Before beginning her collegiate career, Irizarry was a member of the United States’ U19 national team that captured a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Peterborough, Ontario. As a member of that championship squad, Irizarry played alongside former Blue Devils Sarah Bullard, Virginia Crotty and Emma Hamm.
Irizarry, formerly Eulitt, resides in Durham with her husband, Danny Irizarry, who played soccer at Ohio State (2005-08).