(781) 283-2011
Physical Ed. Recreation & Athletics
B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., Trinity College
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Julia M. McPhee
PERA Associate Professor of the Practice

Head lacrosse coach (2009 NEWMAC Coach of the Year); instructor in strength training and fusion fitness.

I am passionate about coaching and teaching at Wellesley because I enjoy working with bright and motivated students who are driven to be their best. I believe the lacrosse field is an extension of the classroom. While winning is certainly a focus in our program, the real value lies in the individual experience of each student-athlete. Through wins, losses, reaction to adversity, team bonding and more students learn valuable life lessons that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. My goal is for each student-athlete to leave Wellesley with a feeling that her time on the lacrosse field and at our College has been the best four years of her life.

My desire to become a coach was largely driven by my experience as a student-athlete at Middlebury College. I was lucky enough to win three lacrosse NCAA Championships and one field hockey NCAA Championship. Winning four championships was a dream come true and demonstrated that you can achieve anything with teamwork, hard work and dedication. My coach, Missy Foote, had a great impact on my development as a player and person. She remains a great mentor and role model in my life. I decided to become a coach so I can "pay it forward" and try to provide the same type of mentorship to my student-athletes.

During my time at Wellesley I have taught Strength Training, Fusion Fitness, "First-Year Fit Club, " Boot Camp Fitness and Spinning. Teaching at Wellesley allows me to interact with students in a fun academic setting. I take pleasure in introducing students to new forms of exercise and getting to know them as people. I emphasize the benefits of exercise and how it can easily be incorporated into your daily routine (even if you don't have access to a gym or weight room).

I enjoy running, traveling, relaxing at home, and spending time with friends and family. My husband, father and many close friends are also teacher-coaches so there is often a lot of "coaching talk" when our family and friends get together. Asking each other questions and sharing experiences makes me a better educator! My husband, Andy, and I are proud parents to our wonderful son, Ryan, who was born in the summer of 2009.