Junior defender Maddy Ciardi was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year.
The two senior student-athletes take part in their final regular season home game on Sunday.
Coastal Carolina looks to continue its winning streak in conference play.
As we count down to the inaugural game, each day GoCCUSports.com will profile the lighter side of Coastal Lacrosse.
2013 Coastal Carolina Lacrosse Inaugural Game vs. Cincinnati (Feb. 15, 2013)
Jaime Sellers just wrapped up her fourth year, third season as the head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Coastal Carolina University.
During the 2015 season, Sellers coached the program to new heights as they wrapped up the season with an 11-6 overall record and 5-2 conference record, good for a third-place regular season finish and a trip to the program’s first Big South Championship semifinal game.
Balance on both sides of the field was a key heading into the season, and the Chanticleers ended the year as one of two Big South teams to rank in the top half of the league in both scoring offense and scoring defense, finishing fourth and second in the league, respectively, by scoring 12.41 goals per game and allowing only 9.77 goals per game. Additionally, the Chanticleers ranked in the top-20 in the NCAA in both ground balls per game (18.35) and draw controls per game (13.06).
Not only were the team’s 11 wins more than double its totals from each of the previous two seasons, but they also set season-highs in goals (211), assists (72), points (283), shots (444), shots on goal (334), draw controls (222) and saves (141). Also, a total of seven student-athletes received all-conference recognition, matching Liberty for the most among any Big South program. Junior defender Maddy Ciardi became Coastal’s first Player of the Year recipient and was joined by Keri White as a first-team selection, while Haley Kyger, Jen Cosgrove and Nyra Constant were named second team all-conference and Jenna Stover and Karley Barreno were named honorable mention all-conference.
Previously, Sellers coached the 2014 Chanticleers to a 5-12 overall record, 3-4 Big South record and the program's first-ever appearance in the Big South tournament. The 2014 Chanticleers boasted one of the conference's best defenses, an area that Sellers closely oversaw. Coastal finished the season ranked third in the league in both caused turnovers per game and goals against average, while finishing fourth and 32nd nationally in ground balls per game and draw controls per game, respectively.
Under Sellers' guidance in 2014, Rachel Waldron became the first Chanticleer in program history to earn first-team All-Big South honors, while Maddy Ciardi and Lily Yednock were named second-team and honorable mention all-conference, respectively. The Chanticleer lacrosse team also performed well in the classroom, placing 23 students on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and earning the title of IWLCA Academic Honor Squad for the second consecutive year.
In 2013, the inaugural season of women's lacrosse at Coastal Carolina, Sellers led the Chanticleers to a 5-11 overall record, 2-5 in the Big South. The Chants won the first game in the program's history on March 2, 2013 in a 21-12 rout of Kennesaw State. Sellers also led the Chants to two conference victories, defeating Big South opponents Presbyterian College and Campbell.
In addition to head coaching responsibilities, Sellers oversaw a Chanticleer defense that finished among the top in the nation, ranking 11th in ground balls per game (second in the Big South), 26th in caused turnovers per game (first in the Big South) and 35th in draw controls per game (third in the Big South).
Under Sellers' direction, the 2013 Chanticleers earned several accolades, including midfielder Lily Yednock and defender Maddy Ciardi earning second team all-conference honors. Academically the Chants excelled, earning IWLCA Academic Squad honors, placing 21 student-athletes on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and having the program's first Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Yednock.
Sellers was named the head coach of women's lacrosse on Aug. 9, 2011 after it had been announced in the spring of 2010 that Coastal Carolina would be adding lacrosse as the University's 18th varsity sport.
Sellers used the 2011-12 academic year to build a schedule, develop the infrastructure of her program and recruit a team that began competition on Feb. 15, 2013.
Sellers came to Coastal Carolina after three seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach at Stanford University where she handled the defense and scouting as her main coaching responsibilities
In 2011, Stanford reached a program-high sixth in the national ranking, setting a school record for wins (16) and goals (301) in a single season and ranking second in the NCAA in scoring (15.84 goals per game). The Cardinal made their second consecutive NCAA playoff appearance after winning the program's seventh consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship. Stanford teams during her tenure also produced the MPSF Player of the Year all three years, including Leslie Foard, who became Stanford's third Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American and first to earn first team honors.
In addition to the on-field success, Stanford produced a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America and had a total of 31 MPSF All-Academic honors bestowed upon the student-athletes.
Sellers graduated from William and Mary in 2008 after a 66-goal season, breaking a school single-season record that had stood for more than 30 years and ranking 13th nationally in goals per game (3.47). That year, she earned first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a midfield player adding second team All-CAA honors as a junior. Also during her senior season, Sellers scored three goals against Stanford and three against George Mason, who was coached at the time by Amy Bokker, the current head coach at Stanford. Over her career, Sellers scored 108 goals, fourth-best on the Tribe all-time list, and had 19 assists for 127 points.
The native of Kennebunk, Maine, led the Tribe in six categories as a senior (goals, points, draw controls, shots, free position goals and shots on goal) and scored five game-winning goals, while earning second team IWLCA All-South Region honors and IWLCA Academic All-American recognition.
Sellers' Career Head Coaching Record
3 Seasons at Coastal Carolina: 21-29 (.420) Overall, 10-11 (.476) in Big South Games
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* - Inaugural season of lacrosse at Coastal Carolina