UNC's Jenny Levy is at the forefront of the nation's women's lacrosse head coaches, having led the Tar Heels to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament semifinals and six overall.
Five current and former UNC players earned spots on the 2012 United States National Team, more than any other school in the nation. Seven Tar Heels tried out for the team, also most in the nation.
Levy's Tar Heel program won 200 games in fewer seasons than any school in Atlantic Coast Conference history, reaching the 200-win plateau in 2011.
Levy has posted a record of 209-88 in 16 seasons as the Carolina head coach, including a 48-14 mark in the last three seasons.
Last season, UNC went 15-6, made its third consecutive NCAA semifinal appearance and finished the season ranked third nationally.
In 2010, the Tar Heels tied the school record for wins, going 17-3, and were ranked in the top three teams in the nation throughout the season. UNC was the only team in the nation to defeat both eventual NCAA champion Maryland and Northwestern, doing so in an eight-day span. Levy earned Co-ACC Coach of the Year honors for her efforts.
In 2009, UNC went 16-5 and advanced to the national title game for the first time in program history.
The only head coach in UNC women's lacrosse history and among the collegiate game's most noted figures, Levy built the Tar Heel program from scratch.
Now in her 17th season, Levy aims for a seventh NCAA semifinal appearance, a second Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the program's first national title in 2012.
Overall, Levy has guided Carolina to 13 NCAA Tournament bids, six NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances and an Atlantic Coast Conference title in her 16 seasons.
Levy has been a regular on various national committees, including the IWLCA rules committee from 1997-99, later serving as its chair from 2000-06. She also was a member of the US Lacrosse rules committee from 2000-06 and the NCAA rules committee from 2006-08.
She was a member of the NCAA South Region Selection Committee from 197-98 and the group's chair from 1998-2000. Levy represented the South Region on the All-America committee in 1999, was the regional chair and a member of the national committee from 2000-02 and was chair of the national body from 2003-07. She also founded the Carolina Fever club program in 2004.
Levy's teams are known for their consistently strong academic performances and community involvement in the Chapel Hill area. The Tar Heel women's lacrosse team annually places a significant portion of its members on the ACC Honor Roll and Dean's List. Meredith Newton won the inaugural NCAA's Elite 88 Award as the player at the 2010 NCAA semifinals with the highest cumulative grade point average.
An outstanding women's lacrosse player at the University of Virginia from 1988-92 and an assistant field hockey and assistant women's lacrosse coach at Georgetown University from 1993-94, Levy was named as Carolina's first-ever head women's lacrosse coach in October 1994.
She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in rhetoric and communications and was a member of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team in 1992-93 and again in 1995.
Levy (then known as Jenny Slingluff) was a member of the UVa women's lacrosse team from 1988-1992 and was named the squad's captain and most valuable player as a senior. She led the Cavaliers to their first-ever Division I National Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Championship in 1991. She scored three goals in the championship game and five in the national semifinal game, leading to her selection as the tournament's Most Outstanding Attacker.
A first-team All-America as a junior and senior, Levy was named the 1992 NCAA Attack Player-of-the-Year. She led Virginia in both goals and assists in 1992 with 52 and 13, respectively, and finished with career totals of 118 goals and 34 assists. In 2002, she was named one of the top 50 players in ACC history. In 2005, she was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
She married Dan Levy of Baltimore, Md., in June 1998. Dan is a 1993 UNC graduate who played lacrosse at Carolina for four years, starring on the 1991 NCAA championship team.
The couple has three children -- Ryan (born in Jan. 2002), Alec (born in Sept. 2003) and Kathryn (born in July 2006).