Julie Beer has been at Centre College since 2009 and has served as head women's lacrosse coach since 2011. In five years of building a program, she has compiled an overall record of 50-20.
In 2011, the first year of varsity competition for Centre, Beer amassed an unprecedented 11-5 regular season record, a 3-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference record and finished in third place. The Colonels began the season with an astounding 6-0 run before losing their first game in double overtime. In her first year as a head coach, Beer placed a freshman on the IWLCA First Team All-Region and another first year player on the IWLCA Second Team All-Region. She also placed two players on the SCAC First Team All-Conference and five players on the SCAC Second Team All-Conference. In 2011, Beer also coached the SCAC Player of the Year, Sarah Mastey ‘14, and the SCAC Rookie of the Year, Meg Hawthorne ‘14
In 2012, the second year of varsity competition for the Colonels, Beer defeated the previous year's record and finished the regular season 13-4 overall and 4-1 in conference. The Colonels tied for first place, earning them a share of the regular season title. They were defeated in the semifinals and finished out another sparkling year of firsts at 13-5. In her second season, Beer earned Coach of the Year honors from the SCAC and again coached the SCAC Rookie of the Year, Emily Madden ‘15. Beer also coached seven players to All-Conference honors, including four on the SCAC First Team All-Conference. She also coached one player onto the IWLCA All-Region team.
In 2013, the third year of varsity competition, Beer again guided the Colonels to a winning season. She finished the season 10-7 and 4-1 in the SAA. Continuing the trend of accomplishment, Beer guided the Colonels to their first conference tournament win, and advanced to their first SAA Championship game. Beer coached two players who earned IWLCA All-Regions honors, and beat the previous program best by placing twelve players on the SAA All-Conference teams, including two players on the first team All-Conference.
In 2014, Beer again raised the bar guiding the Colonels in their toughest schedule to a 16-3 program best, 7-0 undefeated conference play, and played host to Centre’s first post season lacrosse tournament. They Colonels capped their year off by claiming the Regular Season Conference Championship. Additionally, Beer earned SAA Coach of the Year Honors, and the Colonels, Sarah Mastey ‘14, claimed Defensive Player of the Year honors. Beer coached a program best four players to the IWLCA All-Regions honors, including one IWLCA first teamer, and another six players to the SAA All-Conference teams, including five First Team All-Conference Selections.
In addition to her lacrosse responsibilities, Coach Beer also serves as the assistant field hockey coach from 2009 until the present. She has helped the Colonels to four championship game appearances and two third places finishes in the SCAC. In 2014, she helped the Colonels win the Regular Season Conference Championship after going undefeated in conference play, and advance to the NCAA “Sweet 16”.
No stranger to beginning fledgling programs, Beer comes to Centre after a two year stint as the assistant women's lacrosse coach for the inaugural women's lacrosse team at Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass. During Beer's second season at Framingham, the Rams finished with a 7-7 (.500) overall record, which was good enough to qualify for the ECAC tournament.
A Spencer, Massachusetts native, Beer transferred from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. An outstanding player, she was a three-year starter in the midfield and a two-year team captain. She currently serves as a member of the IWLCA West Region All-American Committee.