Carly Coyle has been named the new Head Girls Lacrosse Coach for the Salem Spartans. Her appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board this August, and she will replace Maggi Pace, who stepped down after 12 successful years at the helm of the program.
"I am beyond thankful to Coach Pace for allowing me to join the staff three seasons ago and learn the importance of the sport and the traditions of lacrosse here in the Salem community,” Coyle said. “I hope to continue the level of play and expectations Maggi was able to establish within this program over the years.”
Pace led Salem to a state runner-up finished in 2018 when she also was named Virginia’s Coach of the Year. At that time, Coyle was also excelling in lacrosse as a player on the college level. In 2018 and 2019, she was part of the UVA-Wise lacrosse program that won back-to-back conference championships for the school.
“My playing background in Division II and the coaching experience I gained in three seasons on the Division III level at Ferrum have helped me acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to assist my student-athletes,” she said. “I have developed relationships with the college lacrosse community that can help get our players to the next level of play and be successful, if they choose to continue their athletic careers after high school.”
Coyle is a Midlothian native who played high school lacrosse for Cosby High School in the Dominion District. She earned her undergraduate degree from UVa-Wise in 2020 and secured her master’s degree in athletic coaching from Ferrum College in 2023. For the past three seasons, she has served as Salem High School’s assistant lacrosse coach and as a coach for the Valley Select travel team.
“I feel extremely excited and blessed to be chosen for this position,” Coyle said. “I am more than ready to continue coaching and leading the young female athletes I have mentored the last three seasons on-and-off the field. They are truly unique young ladies, and I believe we have something special within this program that I want to carry on for many seasons to come.”