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PSU’s Delaney-Scheetz announces retirement; starred at West Chester, coached Penncrest to District 1 title

Saturday, 5th February 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 2/5/11

Susan Delaney-Scheetz, who starred at West Chester and coached the Penncrest girls to a District 1 title before winning two NCAA crowns at Penn State, will step down after 29 years at PSU as a lacrosse and field hockey coach and administrator

Delaney-Scheetz will officially retire on March 31.

“It has been an honor to work for Penn State University for nearly 29 years, first as an assistant coach for field hockey and lacrosse while lecturing in the Department of Kinesiology, then as the head women’s lacrosse coach and finally as an administrator,” said Delaney-Scheetz. “I have coached, worked alongside and met so many wonderful people during my time here. Being part of the Nittany Lion family has been a truly unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever.”

Delaney-Scheetz joined the Penn State staff as an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach in 1982. She became the head lacrosse coach in 1986, spending four years in that position. She led Penn State to two national championships (1987 and 1989), accumulating a superb 67-9 record while also earning two National Coach of the Year awards.

She was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 1989 and became Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator in 2002.

After notable achievements at all levels in the lacrosse community, Delaney-Scheetz was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000, and is also a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Fame.

A 1969 alumna of West Chester State University, she lettered in lacrosse, basketball, field hockey and softball. In her senior year, she was a member of the basketball team that won the first National Invitational Basketball Championship for women.

Delaney-Scheetz was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1998, she became a member of Delaware County’s Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a lacrosse coach at Penncrest, and in 2005 was elected to her home state of Delaware’s Sports Museum Hall of Fame.

Before coming to Penn State, Delaney-Scheetz was a health and physical education teacher and coach in the Rose Tree Media School District from 1969-82. A successful lacrosse coach at Penncrest High School where she won the 1979 District 1 (state) crown, she followed many of her outstanding high school’s players to the Penn State campus.

A native of Wilmington, Del. and alum of Brandywine High, Scheetz graduated from West Chester in 1969, where she lettered in lacrosse, field hockey, basketball and softball.

Her coaching career began at Indian Lane Junior High School of the Rose Tree media district, where she coached for six years. She then went on to coach Penncrest from 1976 to 1982 and compiled a 93-20-3 record with one undefeated season, three Central League champions and the District/State crown.

In 1985, she coached the Philly I national tournament team.

Scheetz has also been involved with lacrosse on a national level. She served on the coaching staff for the U23 Touring Team in 1987, the USA World Cup Team in 1986 where the team won a silver medal, and the USA/Canada Touring Team in 1985.

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