Heather Greer McKay

The 2019-20 season marks Heather (Greer) McKay's 13th season as head coach of Messiah College women's lacrosse.

In 2018 the Falcons won the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the fourth-straight season. It was the sixth conference title under McKay, and she was named the conference Coach of the Year for an unprecedented fifth-straight season. Messiah finished with a 15-4 record en route to qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA appearance made it seven different years that Messiah has competed in the Tournament under McKay.

When McKay was appointed head coach for the 2008 season, she wasted no time in raising the level of play within the Falcons’ ranks, leading her 2011 and 2009 squads to victories in the MAC Commonwealth Championship and apperences in the NCAA Tournament — just the second and third times the program has achieved either feat in their history. In 2012, McKay made it three-straight trips to the NCAAs as Messiah advanced to the Regional Semifinals.

Messiah equaled its best finish to date in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, advancing to the Regional Semifinals after hosting an NCAA First Round game for just the second time in school history.

McKay’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 147-59 since. The Falcons have won an astounding 96 of 104 conference regular-season league games under McKay.

The Falcons’ success has come as a result of McKay’s work both on the field and off, as her recruiting efforts have been unmistakable. Messiah has boasted the Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016.

A total of 37 Falcons have been named All-Metro Region under McKay, compared to just eight in the previous 11 years of the program. The Falcons have also earned 13 IWLCA All-Americans under McKay, eclipsing the three prior to McKay's arrival.

McKay was selected to coach the South team at both the 2011 and 2016 IWLCA North-South games, with her 2011 appearance being the first-ever for a Messiah coach.