Theresa Sherry, a former Princeton All-American who served as an assistant coach at California during the 2007 season, was named the head lacrosse coach at California in the summer of 2007. In her first year in charge, Sherry was named the 2008 MPSF Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Bears to a 9-9 overall record, which was an improvement on each of the previous two seasons' records, a 4-1 conference mark and six conference players of the week.
She led the Bears to an 8-11 record in 2009, after playing a difficult schedule that included national powers such as No. 1 and perennial NCAA champion Northwestern, Penn, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Cal also produced a 4-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record and earned a berth in the MPSF Tournament final. Prior to joining Cal, Sherry served as an assistant coach at Amherst College for the 2006 season while also working as a television commentator for ESPNU for multiple women's lacrosse matches. She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Princeton in 2004.
In addition to earning first-team All-American honors as a player in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Sherry was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top women's lacrosse player as a senior in 2004. She helped the Princeton Tigers to NCAA championships in both 2002 and 2003. Her Princeton teams also reached the NCAA semifinals in 2001 and the final in 2004. The Tigers captured Ivy League Championships in each of her four seasons at the school. A four-time All-Ivy League selection, she was the conference's Player of the Year in 2004.
Sherry was also a four-year letterwinner for the Princeton women's soccer team, serving as a team captain and helping the program to three Ivy League Championships. The multi-sport athlete later played soccer for the Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers of the amateur W-League and was named the 15th-greatest athlete at Princeton in a Daily Princetonian article in 2006.
The Baltimore, Md., product has extensive international lacrosse experience as she competed with the United States Developmental Team in 2004 and 2005 and helped the U.S. Under-19 Team to the World Championship in 1999, earning player of the game honors in the championship game.
The Golden Bears completed the 2007 season with a 7-10 record. As a Cal assistant coach, Sherry was in charge of the midfielders in particular and in charge of improving the fundamental skills of the team as a whole. Former Bears coach Jill Malko credits Sherry with helping to improve the games of former stars Laura Cavallo, who left as Cal's all-time leading scorer, and Liz Reifsnyder, who left ranked No. 2 on Cal's all-time assist list.