Head Coach Heather Greer
After just four seasons at the helm, Messiah women’s lacrosse has experienced somewhat of a renaissance under head coach and alum Heather Greer.
Entering her fifth season as the program leader in the 2011-2012 academic year, Greer has wasted no time in raising the level of play within the Falcons’ ranks, leading both her 2011 and 2009 squads to the MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament — just the second and third times the program has achieved either feat in its 15-year history.
As a result of her teams’ play, Greer was named MAC Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2009. Messiah equaled its best finish in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, advancing to the ‘Sweet 16’ after hosting an NCAA First Round game for just the second time in school history.
“It’s exciting to see what Heather has done in such a short time here, and the manner in which she’s done it,” said Cory Furman, Messiah Assistant Athletics Director. “As a former student-athlete here, she understands what it means to represent Messiah on the athletic field. Heather remains committed to developing a program that reflects our twin goals of ‘Pursuing Athletic Excellence’ and ‘Developing Christian Character.’”
Greer’s coaching numbers have been nothing short of incredible. After posting a win-loss record of 10-7 in her first year at the helm, Messiah has gone 45-11 since. The Falcons have won a ridiculous 39 of 43 regular-season league games under Greer, posting a 30-4 mark in games played at Anderson Field overall.
In 2011, Messiah won 14 straight games — a number that bested the program record of 10 consecutive wins. That, too, was set with Greer in control, occurring in 2010.
The Falcons’ success has come as a result of Greer’s work both on the field and off, as her recruiting efforts have been unmistakable. Messiah has boasted the last four MAC Rookies of the Year, while Kara Geiman became the program’s fourth IWLCA All-American in 2011. A total of nine IWLCA All-Region selections have been named during Greer’s tenure, compared to just five selections in the 11 years prior to her arrival.
Greer was selected to coach the South team at the 2011 IWLCA North-South game, the first selection for a Messiah coach in program history. Messiah finished the 2011 season ranked 12th in the IWLCA Top 20 Coaches Poll, the highest ranking for a Falcons’ team in program history.
A 2002 graduate of Messiah College, Greer took over the program following a brilliant playing career for the Falcons, serving as a four-year starter at the middie/attack position. Highly regarded for her presence as an athlete and leader, Greer was team captain as a senior and led the team’s offensive front. Greer's 169 total points place her fifth on Messiah’s career points list, while she was a three-time MAC All-Conference selection and a four-time member of the MAC Conference All-Academic Team.
After graduating, Greer traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the English Lacrosse Association. While living overseas Greer played for Home Scotland and also was the coach and director of lacrosse at Fettes College. She also coached the Scotland National U-19 team, leading them to the 2003 World Championships hosted in Baltimore, Maryland.
Upon her return to the States, Greer was the assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College while earning a master’s degree in sports leadership/athletic administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
A Boston-area native, Greer currently resides in Harrisburg.