Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/25/10
From Press Releases
Longtime college coach Alison (Williams) Bruno – a member of Temple’s 1984 national championship lacrosse team who has coached at Villanova, Philadelphia University and Baldwin School among others – has been named the first head varsity women’s lacrosse coach for the new lacrosse program at Albright College.
Lacrosse, a club sport at Albright since 1994, will become a varsity-level sport in fall 2011. The team will begin competing in spring 2012 and will host their contests in Shirk Stadium. Bruno will be responsible for building the program from the ground up.
Bruno’s appointment comes just three months after Albright College announced a $1 million gift from the John K. Roessner III Trust to underwrite the start-up costs for both men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, as well as the construction of a new multisport grass practice field.
Bruno holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University. A four-year member of the school’s women’s lacrosse program, she was instrumental in leading Temple to its first NCAA National Championship in 1984.
Bruno began her coaching career at Philadelphia University, where she served as head coach from 1988–1990 and led her team to a winning record every year. Bruno then took over as head lacrosse and field hockey coach at Towson State University. She led the lacrosse team to two consecutive undefeated seasons and two East Coast Conference Championships.
In 1992, Bruno took over as head coach at Georgetown University. During her three seasons with the Hoyas, Bruno amassed a record of 28–7. From 1995 to 1997 she coached at Villanova University, guiding her team to back-to-back seven-win seasons.
Bruno stepped away from the game in the summer of 1997 to start a family. In 2002 she returned to establish the Cyclones Lacrosse Club, which became one of the most competitive teams in the Philadelphia area. While working with the Cyclones, Bruno also served as head lacrosse coach at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr from 2002 to 2006. In 2008 she took over as head coach at the Wyndcroft School in Pottstown, where she remained until coming to Albright.
“Having Alison join our staff will be great for the department and the college,” said Janice Luck, co-director of athletics. “Her years of experience at the Division I level will be key to starting Albright’s first varsity women’s lacrosse program.”