WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Ricky Fried has been named the head coach of the Philadelphia Fire of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). Additionally, Georgetown Assistant Coach Danielle Etrasco was selected 31st overall in the WPLL draft by the Fire. The league will compete in the summer allowing college coaches to compete outside of the NCAA season.
Fried is coming off of a gold medal at the FIL Women’s World Cup with the U.S. Women's National Team. He received his third World Cup gold and his second as a head coach. He was an assistant at the World Cup in 2009, and won as a head coach in 2013.
Fried is entering his 13th season at the helm of the Hoya program.
Etrasco is beginning her second season on the Hilltop. She came to Georgetown from Army West Point where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. Army West Point became the Academy's 28th varsity sport and competed at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Patriot League for the 2016 season.
In the summer of 2011, Etrasco was invited to join the United States National Team, eventually earning a spot on the 2013 World Cup squad. Etrasco won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, totaling 17 goals and three assists in seven games during the tournament.
In 2016, she was selected as the 28th overall pick in the first-ever United Women's Lacrosse League draft going to the Boston Storm. She will now compete in the WPLL.
The WPLL is a two-part operation: it is both a professional lacrosse league and a development program for the rising talent in the sport. It will prioritize character development as means to excelling in life on and off of the field. WPLL’s vision is to create an innovative training ground that will focus on skill development and competitive opportunities for the best women’s lacrosse players, both nationally and internationally. The ultimate objective is to earn a place for women’s lacrosse to be a mainstay Olympic sport.