English Lacrosse is delighted to announce that Phil Collier is to continue as England Women’s Head Coach following this summer’s success at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.
Collier guided Team England to a bronze medal finish in Guildford with the memorable 10-9 golden goal victory over Australia securing the senior women’s first World Cup medal since 2005.
He became Head Coach in March 2014, winning gold at the 2015 European Championships before the historic bronze in July 2017.
Phil is also Head Coach of girls’ lacrosse at Charterhouse School and of the University of Surrey Men’s team who are currently unbeaten at the top of BUCS South-Eastern Division 1.
Jane Powell, National Talent Development Manager, said of the appointment: “I am delighted that Phil has put himself forward for another cycle with the Women’s squad.
“Whilst the World Cup medal in the summer was an incredible achievement for the team, I feel certain we can raise the bar in a number of key areas to enable further success under Phil’s leadership”.
Collier commented: “It is both an honour and a privilege to be trusted with the responsibility of leading the England national performance squad through another cycle.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in lacrosse at the highest level, and working with the best English players.
“I look forward to using the experience and insight I gained from my first involvement in the women’s World Cup, to build on the progress made over the last couple of years.
There are lots of areas to work on, as we seek to improve, but we have a great spirit within the squad and everyone is committed to learning and getting better.
“The achievement in the summer was the reward for four years of hard work and there is now a real excitement and hunger for continued success in the future which I look forward to with confidence”.
The next major Championship for the Senior Women’s squad will be the 2019 European Championships in Israel before the, as yet unawarded, 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup.