Hilary Bowen knows where she wants to be for the rest of her life; the same place she has been since the seventh grade: on the Lacrosse field. She has already racked up an impressive resume in the sport. For starters, the 2009 Northwestern graduate was a three-time All-American and four-time national champion, a two-time championship MVP, three-time All-American, and ESPN the Magazine Women's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. But now her pursuit lies on the flip side of the sideline; coaching.
Post graduation, she distanced herself somewhat from the sport when she took a finance job working for an investment company in New York City. But just a year later, the sport's pull proved to be too powerful. Hilary decided her true passion was coaching so she left to focus on developing her coaching career, coaching at the high school level and acting as a guest coach at various camps. In mid-July, she joined her former college teammate and IMG's head of girl's lacrosse, Aly Josephs at the IMG Academy lacrosse program. "This is an athlete's dream. I really like the holistic approach that combines on-field training with things that IPI offers like strength training, mental conditioning, and Game On. The facilities are also incredible."
Hilary also recognizes the unique opportunity coaching in a growing region offers. "I like the opportunity to work in a newly developing area. Aly has the ability and knowledge to impact and accelerate the sport's development down here."
Hilary credits the sports accelerated development to the migration of people away from the hotbeds and introducing lacrosse to their newly adopted areas, such as California and Florida. "The weather is optimal for development of the sport down here. There is the ability to play year round. Things will get competitive pretty quickly and the level of play will increase fast."
In between camp-to-camp travels, Hilary herself still trains to stay competitive in the sport. She has spent two years on Team USA's training team and hopes to make the roster for a World Cup in the near future. "It has always been a dream to compete in the World Cup wearing the USA letters." But coming off a left ACL tear that happened near her senior season's end, Hilary is taking her rehab slowly and sees no reason to rush a comeback. Afterall, she's made up her mind: she's in this sport for the long run.