EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Lacrosse head coach Jessica Drummond made the first addition to her 2024 coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon, announcing Carolyn Carrera as an assistant coach.
Carrera joins the Ducks after an impressive playing career at Vermont where she played for the Catamounts from 2019-23 under Drummond.
“I am thrilled to announce that CC is joining the staff at Oregon,” Drummond said. “She had a phenomenal playing career at Vermont and I’m excited for her to step into this new role to share her knowledge of the game. I know that she will elevate those around her and be a great mentor for this team!”
Carrera enters her first coaching role after racking up a number of conference accolades including American East Defender of the Year (2023) and two all-conference first team nods (2022, 2023). The Catamount Captain was named an all-America honorable mention by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as a senior in 2022 after ranking second in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.89) and third in ground balls per game (3.28).
“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue to work with Drummond and help build a successful program at Oregon with some amazing student-athletes,” Carrera said. “After playing under her for the last five years I am excited to continue to learn from her and am so proud to join her as a Duck!”
Carrera finished her Vermont career with a program-record 154 caused turnovers, setting both school and conference marks for caused turnovers in a season with 58 in 2023. The Harriman, N.Y., native led the nation in caused turnovers per game (3.63) in her final season, earning IWLCA All-Northeast First Team honors for the second-consecutive year.
The Ducks return a wealth of experience for the 2024 season as 24 players from last year’s squad – including all-conference second-teamer Morgan McCarthy and 15 other upperclassmen – will be on the roster.