Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/14/11
From Press Releases
Former IWLCA All-American Shannon Witzel (Pottstown) will begin her second stint as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at La Salle University during the 2011-2012 season, announced head lacrosse coach Candace Taglianetti.
Witzel, an Explorers’ assistant during the 2008-09 season, returns to the sidelines after spending two years as a development assistant at her alma mater, Towson.
“I am extremely happy to be reunited with the La Salle lacrosse family,” Witzel said. “They were always close to my heart and to have the opportunity to coach this team alongside Candace for a second time is truly special. Stepping away from coaching for almost two years was difficult, but it has enabled me to realize my true passion is to be a coach.”
During the Explorers’ 2009 campaign, Witzel helped the Explorers quadruple their win total from the previous season while working with the midfield and defenders.
“I’m excited to welcome Shannon back to the Explorer sidelines,” Taglianetti said. “She was a tremendous asset to the program and was integral in helping to build the foundation for our most successful season in program history [in 2010]. She is a great addition to the staff and I am thrilled to have her back.”
Witzel, a 2007 graduate with a degree in Sports Psychology, enjoyed a successful playing career at Towson. A three time All-CAA honoree, she graduated tied for the program’s all-time scoring record, with 208 career goals. Witzel repeatedly held the top position in scoring in the NCAA and CAA.
As a sophomore, she shattered Towson’s 21 year-old single-season scoring record by notching 71 goals. She helped the Tigers to the CAA Championship and was named Most Outstanding Performer of the tournament.
Witzel also served as a volunteer assistant at Towson University for the 2008 season following her playing career as a Tiger, helping the squad to a top twenty national ranking and a first round NCAA tournament appearance.