Becca Block joins the Harvard women's lacrosse after working at Oregon for the past two seasons.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Devon Wills, The Carole Kleinfelder Head Coach for Harvard Women's Lacrosse, announced the addition of Becca Block to the Crimson coaching staff.
"Becca is a tremendous coach and I am so excited to welcome her to the Harvard Lacrosse Staff," Wills said. "I have had the privilege of playing with and coaching against Becca for several years, and her passion for the game is contagious to the people around her. Becca is a smart and calculated coach who is eager to make those around her better. I am excited to learn from and to work alongside Becca as we look to compete for Ivy Championships."
In her two years at Oregon, Block helped Oregon's defense improve each year. Block was instrumental in constructing a defensive unit that allowed 11.83 goals per game in 2018, down from 12 goals per game in 2017, when Oregon's defense was 32nd in the nation with 10.18 caused turnovers per game.
Block arrived in Eugene after spending 2016 as an assistant at Florida, where she helped guide a Gator defense that finished the season 12th in the nation in scoring defense at 7.45 goals per game. Block began her coaching career at Vermont in 2014, and spent 2015 as an assistant at Michigan before heading to Gainesville.
As a player, Block is one of the premier defenders in women's lacrosse. She has played six years with the U.S. National Team after first making the team in 2012, and was the 2013 IWLCA Defender of the Year and an All-American as a senior at Syracuse. During her four-year college career, Block helped lead the Orange to the national title game in 2012 and a Final Four berth in 2010, while Big East All-Academic honors twice.
Block has played professionally for the Long Island Sound in the United Women's Lacrosse League. Block also played with Wills on the U.S. national team, winning the 2017 U.S. Women's World Cup and World Games.
In addition to Block's collegiate playing and coaching experience, she was also a coach and counselor for the Syracuse University Elite Lacrosse Camps and helped organize and run the Laxfest Lacrosse Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y., from 2010-15.
Block graduated from Syracuse in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science.