By Bridget Algeo
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/19/08
In fact, when she officially visited La Salle University in 1998, she immediately fell in love with the school and its family atmosphere.
With good reason, the Explorer campus fell in love with Wilus, too. In her four-year stint there, she excelled in three sports and helped launch a budding lacrosse program.
Wilus graduated in 2002 after an outstanding collegiate career that saw her set school records for goals (230) and points (308) and earn the Atlantic-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2001 while finishing as the 10th most prolific scorer in all of Division I.
Earlier this month, LaSalle welcomed Jami back to her alma mater by inducting her as the school’s first lacrosse player into its Sports Hall of Athletes.
Wilus, now in her sixth year at the helm of a successful North Penn program, cherishes the time the spent at La Salle.
“I feel blessed to be a graduate of LaSalle and have such fond memories as an Explorer,” said the 1998 North Penn grad.
It is her parents, however, who Wilus credits for her many accomplishments. Some of those honors at La Salle included leading the national in scoring in 2001, earning three varsity letters (also in field hockey and basketball) as a freshman, earning seven all-conference honors in lacrosse and hockey, and making all-Regional in lacrosse in 2001 and 2002.
Wilus, a 100-point scorer in basketball at North Penn, also spent five years (2001-05) on the U.DS. Developmental Lacrosse team and was named Academic All-Conference in 2001 and 2002.
“My parents have been such a tremendous influence in my life,” she said. “They taught me about dedication, persistence, and hard work. I have carried these traits with me throughout career.”
Her own athletic career behind her, Wilus now infuses these characteristics into the Maidens’ lacrosse team. Last year North Penn qualified for the District 1 tournament (13-6-1 record) and this year the team has a large group of returnees and even higher expectations.
“When I left LaSalle, I had a strong desire to stay involved in the sport through coaching,” she said. “When the head coaching job opened up at North Penn I was excited to possibly get the opportunity to be back at my alma mater.”