In a unanimous decision, Acacia Walker-Weinstein has been chosen as BC Interruption’s 2021 Coach of the Year. This is her 4th win in this category over the past 5 years (Joanna Bernabei-McNamee was our winner for 2019-20).
Walker-Weinstein took over the women’s lacrosse head coaching job at Boston College in May 2012, and since then she has turned the Eagles into a national powerhouse. This year, she led the Eagles to their 4th straight Final Four and National Championship appearances. And this year, the Eagles finally won the trophy, defeating ACC foes UNC and Syracuse in the Final Four. This victory is BC’s first National Championship since men’s hockey won it all in 2012, so the choice for Coach of the Year was clear.
Not only did BC win the National Championship, but they did so as a bit of an underdog, and their tenacity starts with their coach. The Eagles beat undefeated UNC in the semifinals after losing to them 21-9 early in the season, and then defeated Syracuse in the finals after suffering 2 straight losses to the Orange the month prior.
In addition to coaching her program to their first National Championship, Walker-Weinstein continues to recruit top talent to the Heights. Transfer Charlotte North led the Eagles into victory this year, scoring 102 goals and breaking the NCAA single season record. Goalie Rachel Hall, another transfer, was integral in many of BC’s wins, but played particularly well against UNC in the semifinals. The Eagles also continue to bring in top recruits to replace graduating players, like freshman Belle Smith, who was the #2 recruit in her class and was third on the team this season with 47 goals.
We look forward to seeing how Walker-Weinstein continues to grow this program now that she can show recruits that BC is truly the place to go if you want to win a trophy!