Nazareth alum Traci Lian, featuring extensive lacrosse experience both as a player and as a coach, has been the Golden Flyers womens lacrosse coach since 2009.
A native of Cortland and a 2000 graduate of Nazareth, Lian will return for her seventh season in 2015 after guiding the Golden Flyers to an overall mark of 53-44 (including a 31-14 record in Empire 8 Conference games) with berths in the Empire 8 Conference Tournament each of the last six seasons. Lian also has coached 10 first-team Empire 8 Conference all-stars and nine regional All-Americans.
Before taking over at Nazareth, Lian coached at Brockport for six seasons and helped spearhead dramatic improvement in the womens lacrosse program. Her six-year record of 62-31, included school records for victories in 2007 (13) and again in 2008 (14). She was named State University of New York Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2007. She followed that up by guiding the Golden Eagles to, perhaps, their best season ever in 2008. Brockport finished 14-4 overall, including 6-2 in the SUNYAC. The Golden Eagles lost 14-13 to Cortland in the conference championship game, but regrouped to score decisive wins over Utica and St. John Fisher to claim the ECAC Upstate New York championship.
Lian also filled several administrative roles at Brockport, including adjunct physical education instructor; director of athletic advertising; assistant sports information director; athletic ticket manager; CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinator; and advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.