Jana Drummond enters her sixth year on the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse staff in 2022-23 and first as head coach. Over her five seasons under former head coach Angela McMahon-Serpone, she helped lead the squad to a record of 81-21, five Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championships, two Atlantic 10 Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament berths.
In 2022 the Minutewomen earned the first at-large NCAA Tournament bid in program history and were ranked No. 19 in the final poll. UMass finished fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game and sixth nationally in clearing percentage on Drummond’s watch. At the conclusion of the season, 18 individuals were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, while six individuals earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors and three were named Inside Lacrosse All-Americans.
Under Drummond’s guidance, Caitlyn Petro tied the NCAA record for individual draw wins in a game in 2021 and the Minutewomen finished second in the nation in draw controls per-game. That season Drummond led the No. 12 scoring defense in the nation and mentored Steph Croke to her third Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year accolade (2018, 2019, 2021) as well as six All-Northeast Region honorees, six Atlantic 10 honorees and an IWLCA All-American. Drummond helped two defenders, Amy Moreau and Jordan Dean, earn national team tryouts with USA and Canada, respectively, while Ally Murphy was selected to the USA U19 squad.
As an assistant coach in 2019 Drummond helped guide the Massachusetts draw unit to a nation-best 19.11 draw controls per-game mark while posting the sixth-best draw control percentage in the country at .616. She was promoted to associate head coach following that season.
The Minutewoman draw unit saw a steady improvement after ranking 16th in the country in draw controls per game in 2018 during Drummond's first year on staff as they claimed their first of two consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season titles during her time in Amherst.
Prior to arriving at UMass, Drummond served as an assistant coach at Marist where she coordinated the defense and coached the draw specialists, helping the Red Foxes win their first-ever MAAC regular-season championship in 2014. Under her tutelage, Hailey Wagner became the single-season draw control record holder at Marist while several Red Foxes were nationally ranked.
During her playing career, Drummond was a three-year co-captain and three-time all-conference selection at Oregon, where she finished as the program's all-time leading scorer with 146 goals.
Drummond graduated with a master's degree in school psychology from Marist in 2016 after graduating from Oregon with a double major in psychology and sociology in 2013.
University of Massachusetts Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Jana Drummond announced the hiring of Dani Ellis as an assistant coach on Friday morning. Ellis joins the Minutewomen after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Middlebury College, helping the Panthers to back-to-back Division III National Championships.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dani to our program," said Drummond. "Her passion for lacrosse, incredible work ethic, NCAA tournament experience, and strength in relationship building will be an awesome addition to our staff, program, and athletic department. Dani comes with an outstanding reputation as a coach, most recently winning a National Championship and being a part of the IWLCA Staff of the Year. She will undoubtedly make a seamless transition to our program and be a great mentor to the women of UMass lacrosse."
Ellis coached the 2022 and 2023 IWLCA National Player and Attacker of the Year at Middlebury and helped coach the 2023 IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Year. The Panthers had nine IWLCA All-Americans during Ellis' time and finished with a 45-1 record in two seasons. Ellis was part of a staff that was named both the IWLCA Regional and National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2023.
"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work beside Jana and become a part of this incredibly successful UMass women's lacrosse program," said Ellis. "I want to thank Ryan Bamford, Jeff Smith, Kirsten Britton and the entire search committee for their time. It's clear that the UMass Athletic Department is committed to the success and well-being of their student athletes. I am excited to get on campus, meet the team and get started!"
Prior to joining Middlebury, Ellis was an assistant coach at Washington and Lee University from 2018-21. Ellis served as the team's offensive and recruiting coordinator, helping the team to two Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions while earning a pair of conference staff of the year honors. Ellis also spent a season at VCU as a graduate assistant before moving into a director of player development role for the 2017-18 campaign.
Ellis played collegiately at Winthrop, where she was a 2016 Big South All-Tournament Team member after helping the Eagles to a Big South Championship in 2015 and 2016. Ellis received her degree in psychology with a minor in coaching from Winthrop in 2016 and earned her Master of Education in Sport Leadership from VCU in 2017.