Long one of the most accomplished active head coaches in NCAA women's lacrosse, Jenny Levy assured her place in the sport's history books by leading the Tar Heels to the 2013 NCAA championship.
The sixth-winningest coach in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse history and the fourth-winningest active coach in the nation, Levy has led the Tar Heels to seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament semifinals, including four in the last five years.
Last spring, Carolina beat defending national champion Northwestern 11-4 in an NCAA semifinal in Villanova, Pa., then bested top-ranked Maryland 13-12 in three overtimes for the title in one of the most thrilling games in the sport's history.
In 2013, the Tar Heels finished No. 1 in the nation on the field, winning the NCAA title. Junior Paige Hanson put Carolina at the top in the classroom when she won the NCAA's Elite 89 Award for having the best grade point average of any player at the 2013 NCAA semifinals. Junior Zoe Skinner won the Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award for her prolific community service efforts in the Chapel Hill area. And Levy's staff topped off the storybook year by brining in the nation's top-ranked class of incoming freshmen for the 2014 season.
Former UNC players Kristen Carr, Amber Falcone and Jenn Russell won gold medals with the United States National Team at the 2013 World Cup.
Levy has been the Tar Heel coach since its inception for the 1996 season. She posted a record of 242-95 in her first 18 seasons as the Carolina head coach, including a 81-21 mark in the last five seasons. Her Tar Heel program won 200 games in fewer seasons than any school in Atlantic Coast Conference history, reaching the 200-win plateau in 2011.
In 2012, UNC went 15-4, posted the first perfect ACC regular season record in school history and finished the season ranked No. 5 nationally. In the spring semester, the team posted the best academic term in its recorded history with a team GPA of 3.227.
In 2011, Carolina reached its third consecutive NCAA Tournament semifinal and finished third in the nation in the final polls.
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.
Entering her 19th season, Levy has guided Carolina to 15 NCAA Tournament bids, seven NCAA Tournament semifinal appearances, an Atlantic Coast Conference title and the 2013 NCAA championship in her 18 seasons. She also has been a regular on a variety of NCAA, IWLCA and US Lacrosse national committees.
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. Paige Hanson won the award in 2013.
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).