Former Oregon lacrosse standout Jen (May) Derby has taken her impact from the playing field to the coaching staff over the past six seasons.
"Having Jen join our staff is tremendous for our program," head coach Jen Larsen Beck said when Derby was hired in 2008. "Though we will miss her leadership and competitive spirit on the field, having her on the sidelines will be a fantastic asset to the team. She has been part of this program from its inaugural year, bringing a wealth of knowledge from the student-athlete perspective, and this will be invaluable in our recruiting efforts and direction for the program."
Since her transition to the coaching ranks, UO has had four midfielders and two goalkeepers earn Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region honors, two first-team honorees and four second-team honorees.
Under Derby’s direction, Oregon saw Caroline Federighi arguably become the Ducks’ all-time greatest goalie ever after the completion of her UO career in 2014. Federighi nearly owns every single-season and career goalkeeper category at Oregon. The Pleasanton, Calif., product is also the only CoSIDA Academic All-American after finishing her career with a 4.01 grade point average.
Derby was a member of Oregon's very first lacrosse team in 2005 and finished her career in the spring of 2008, leading the Ducks to a school-record 13 victories that season.
Derby became the program's first All-American in 2008 when she was named to the Inside Lacrosse and WomensLacrosse.com All-America third teams.
A starting midfielder during her time on the field for Oregon, Derby was either named team Most Valuable Player or shared co-MVP honors each of her four seasons with the Ducks.
During her playing career, Derby became the first product of the Oregon lacrosse program named to the IWLCA West-Midwest All-Region first team (2008). She is also the only lacrosse player in Oregon history to receive All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in four consecutive seasons.
In 2008, Derby finished the season with 51 points, scoring 37 goals and adding 14 assists. In addition, the starting midfielder led the team in draw controls (51), ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (31).
Derby is the all-time leader in three statistical categories - draw controls (209), ground balls (162) and caused turnovers (142). She also then-ranked second in Oregon history with 185 points and 128 goals and was third all-time with 57 assists.
Derby's accolades didn't only pertain to the field. She was a three-time MPSF All-Academic honoree and was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team in 2008.
Derby earned her B.S. in Mathematics in June 2007 and went on to obtain her Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning in August 2008.