WASHINGTON, D.C. – Emma Wallace has resigned her position as head coach of the American University women's lacrosse program, director of athletics and recreation Dr. Billy Walker announced Tuesday.
Wallace resigned due to personal reasons, as she and her fiancée will leave the D.C. metropolitan area after he accepted a professional opportunity out of the region.
"I would like to thank American University, the administration, and especially Andrew Smith and Dr. Walker for supporting me throughout my time at American," said Wallace. "It has been an amazing experience working alongside my fellow coaches in the department and most importantly my team.
"This is a truly bittersweet moment for me as I step away from the community I have been part of for the past six years, but I look forward to returning as a fan and will continue to support the AU Women's Lacrosse team. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle."
Last weekend, Wallace completed her sixth season as the Eagles' head coach. Since arriving at AU prior to the 2013 season, she has coached eight All-Patriot League selections and two PL All-Tournament honorees.
The Eagles have also excelled in the classroom under her guidance, earning five consecutive IWLCA Honor Squad awards, as well as a 2013 Merit Squad honor for earning one of the top three team GPAs in Division I.
The Eagles also compiled five Academic All-Patriot League honors, 93 PL Academic Honor Roll selections and 24 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selections.
"I want to personally thank Emma for the tremendous contributions she has made to AU Women's Lacrosse," said Walker. "She has been a fantastic role model and mentor to our student-athletes, and for that I can't thank her enough. Additionally, she's been a valued member of the Eagles Family. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."
Walker said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.