First women’s lacrosse coach hired

Danielle Fiala -- Courtesy: Wartburg Athletics

Danielle Fiala — Courtesy: Wartburg Athletics

North Central College’s all-time women’s lacrosse leader in goals (165) and assists (32) has been named Wartburg’s inaugural women’s lacrosse head coach, athletic director Rick Willis announced today.

Danielle Fiala is a 2013 graduate of North Central and a Naperville, Ill. native. She earned first-team all-conference honors in the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference both her junior and senior years.

The Knights begin competition in the spring of 2015.

“I’m very honored to be the first lacrosse coach at Wartburg College and join not only an excellent college but an excellent athletic department,” Fiala said in a news release. “The opportunity to be the first coach for the program is going to be great.”

Wartburg officially announced its lacrosse program in April when the head coach search process began.

“My first goal in starting the program is to get the word out that Wartburg has a lacrosse program and to begin to recruit quality student-athletes,” Fiala said. “My second goal is to make us competitive in the Midwest which will be a process, but we will work to be a top competitor in the region.”

Fiala has head coaching experience despite having just graduated from college. She coached St. Francis High School as well as club teams Suburban Lacrosse and True Lacrosse in the Chicago area.

Fiala’s player profile at North Central.

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