VIRGINIA BEACH -- It's a back to the beach story for Meagan DiCave.
It's not a beach movie sequel with big hair, blankets and the Big Kahuna, but a new beginning in a women's lacrosse coaching career for the former Virginia Wesleyan College standout.
DiCave, a 2012 inductee into VWC's Athletic Hall of Fame, has been named the College's new head women's lacrosse coach by Athletics Director Joanne Renn. DiCave returns to Virginia Wesleyan after college coaching stops at Delaware's Wesley College and Pennsylvania's Division II Holy Family University.
"I am extremely excited about returnning to Virginia Wesleyan to coach lacrosse," said DiCave, a former three-year captain in VWC lacrosse. "This has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I would like to thank Coach Renn, Coach Dunmyer (Stephany) and the entire selection committee for the opportunity ahead of me. I know there are challenges in front of me, but I am grateful to be able to work with such a committed and dedicated athletic department. Once a Marlin, always a Marlin!"
DiCave was a standout lacrosse player for VWC, earning first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors for three consecutive years from 2000-2002. She was a two-time first team All-South Atlantic Region honoree, named the 2002 Virginia College Division Player of the Year, and was named an All-American in 2000 and 2002. DiCave was also VWC's first women's lacrosse player to compete in the prestigious North-South All-Star game, in 2002.
One of the most prolific scorers in VWC women's lacrosse history, DiCave exited the program ranked No. 4 in career goals (202), No. 1 in career assists (176) and No. 1 in career points (378). She owns three of the Marlins' top four single-season totals in assists, including the record of 59 set in 2002. She is also VWC's single-season record holder in points with 129.
DiCave finished the 2002 season as the leading scorer in the nation, covering all three NCAA divisions (I, II and III). She ranks No. 2 among the ODAC's all-time leaders in points and is the league's all-time leader in assists. She was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section in June 2002.
In addition to lacrosse, DiCave also competed for the Marlins in women's basketball. She was selected as the team captain in 2000-01.
"Having a member of our Athletic Hall of Fame return to her alma mater to lead our women's lacrosse program is so exciting," said Renn. "Meagan brings a personal passion for the sport that is off the charts. Her many levels of lacrosse experiences, to include international coaching, provide such a benefit to the intercollegiate athlete."
DiCave graduated from VWC in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Communications, with a focus in broadcasting. She began her coaching career in September of that year guiding a girls' lacrosse team at Bedford High School in Bedford, England. Her stints at Wesley College and Holy Family University took place in following years, leading to current roles as the general manager of the HEADstrong Girls Lacrosse Club (U-15) in Holmes, Pa. and head varsity coach at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa.
Now, DiCave is ready to return to Virginia Beach and the Marlins' program.
"It is an honor and a privilege to coach the women's lacrosse team," said DiCave, "and to reunite a proud alum with the VWC family."