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July 12, 2021 — The right woman for the job

Today, it was announced that Meg Decker would be taking the job of head women’s lacrosse for Xavier University, a team which will be playing in the Big East beginning in the fall of 2023.

Decker comes from a “builder” background, as she previously started the program at the University of Hartford, was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth as it played its inaugural season in 2016, and played on the first Naval Academy women’s lacrosse team back in 2008.

The circumstances of Decker’s move from Hartford come from the university’s decision to drop from Division I to Division III starting this fall, an action which has caused protests on campus.

But Decker, according to a prepared statement released this morning, appears to be understanding the gravitas of taking on this task.

“Xavier is perfectly situated to be a force in the world of women’s lacrosse,” she said. “The history and culture of academic and athletic excellence provide a clear path for future success of women’s lacrosse. Winning is in the DNA at Xavier. I am familiar with the strength of the programs in the Big East Conference and have had the opportunity to both coach and play against many of them. I can’t wait to get started.”

Xavier will become the seventh team in the Big East once the team takes the field for fall-ball a year from now.