As the only coach in the team's Division I history through 2011, Coyne had seen the program come a long way. From the first steps of making the jump from a club program, to leading Notre Dame to its first Final Four appearance in 2006 and a BIG EAST Championship in 2009.
The Pittsburgh native led the Fighting Irish to the NCAA tournament six times in her last ten years, including three straight appearances from 2008 to 2010. In 2006, she saw the Irish engineer the biggest turnaround in NCAA women's lacrosse history, going from 3-12 in 2005 to 15-4 in 2006.
Prior to her stint at Notre Dame, Coyne spent seven years as head coach at Roanoke College (1990-96) and two seasons at Denison College (1988-89).
At Roanoke, Coyne served as head coach of both the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams. In seven seasons, her lacrosse teams compiled a 91-21 record for an .813 winning percentage. She led her squads to the NCAA Division III tournament five times, with her 1992 and 1990 teams earning appearances in the national semifinals. Under Coyne, the 1990 Division III Coach of the Year, the Maroons won five Old Dominion Conference championships, including three straight titles from 1994-96. She also claimed ODAC coach-of-the-year honors in 1990 and 1995.
During her tenure at Roanoke, Coyne produced 22 All-Americans, including 12 first-team selections. In her first season at the school (1990), her team finished with a 17-1 record and advanced to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA semifinals. In 1995, one of her players earned national goalkeeper-of-the-year accolades. She also had four players garner ODAC player-of-the-year honors during her tenure.
Her field hockey teams also achieved success, as she guided the school to its first-ever national ranking in that sport.
Prior to taking over at Roanoke, Coyne served as head lacrosse and field hockey coach at Denison. In two seasons there, her lacrosse teams compiled a 23-5 record and won back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference titles. In her first season at Denison, she guided the squad to a 13-3 mark and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. In addition, her efforts earned her NCAC coach-of-the-year accolades.
In 24 seasons as a head coach, her lacrosse teams had a combined 261-124 record (.678) and won 10-plus games in 18 of those seasons.
On the international level, Coyne spent seven years (1999-05) as the head coach of the Canadian women's lacrosse team, guiding Canada to fourth-place finishes in the World Cup in 2001 and 2005.
Coyne also served as an assistant coach for the United States women's lacrosse team in 1992 and has been a selector for that squad on three occasions. She chaired the Brine Division III national coaches' poll and is currently the Division I representative to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association's Board of Directors. She also has chaired the NCAA West/Midwest Regional Advisory Committee and currently chairs the IWLCA's All-American committee.
A 1983 graduate of Ohio University, Coyne received her bachelor of science degree in organizational communications. A letter winner in both lacrosse and field hockey, Coyne helped the lacrosse squad to the 1982 Midwest Regional championship as well as an eighth-place finish at the AIAW National Lacrosse Championships. In 1981, she led her field hockey team to a share of the Mid-American Conference title.
Coyne served as senior class vice-president at Ohio and was the recipient of the Leona Hughes Pace Award, which is presented annually by the Student Alumni Board to the outstanding senior at the school.
She then attended graduate school at St. Thomas University (Fla.) where she received a master of science degree in sports administration in May of 1985.
After graduating, Coyne was an administrative assistant in the University of Pittsburgh athletic department and an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pa.