Last season, Byers helped lead Stony Brook to an impressive 17-win season, claiming the America East Title and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Seawolves posted 11-concecutive wins, and broke their own Division I record for goals allowed per game, yielding an average of 5.65. Prior to her stint at Stony Brook, Byers sidelined as Notre Dame's top assistant and helped her alma mater to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013.
"I couldn't be more thrilled to have Jill in our program," Venechanos said. "She had an incredible playing career and her vast coaching experiences will no doubt help our program immediately. I am very impressed with her ability to connect with student-athletes to motivate and inspire them."
Prior to her coaching stint in South Bend, Byers was an assistant at Yale for three seasons. In 2012, she directed a Bulldog offense that netted 137 goals, a 65 percent increase from the previous season and the most for the program since 2008.
A 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and team captain, she produced a historic playing career at Notre Dame, where she graduated as the all-time leader in goals (262), points (336) and draw controls (154). A four-time IWLCA All-American and 2009 Honda Award finalist, Byers wrapped up her collegiate playing days fourth in NCAA history in career goals and 10th in points. After her league-record 78 goals in Big East Play to be named Big East Attack Player of the Year, Byers was voted the second runner-up for Notre Dame's Female Athlete of the Decade Award. A two-time Big East Academic All-Star, Byers graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in film, television and theatre.
The Northport, N.Y., native also played for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2008-12, where she competed with and against the best players in the world.