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Funeral arrangements for Deb Andress, 56, coach, lacrosse pioneer, of Doylestown

Monday, 10th November 2014

Categories Girl's/Women's, Posted 11/6/14

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown for Debora C. Andress of Doylestown, who died on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at home following an illness. She was 56 years old. Interment will follow Mass in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

Friends may call from 6 to 10 p.m., tonight, Monday, Nov. 10, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.

Deb Andress

Deb Andress

She was the wife of John Andress.

Born in Abington, Pa., she was the daughter of Frances Castor and the late Ed Castor.

Deb was a graduate of Penn State University and spent the past 30 years teaching and coaching at Penn State Abington. She was actively involved in the Philadelphia lacrosse community. A former team USA member, she brought her passion for the game to all levels including coaching youth, club and college teams. She founded the popular Lady Bulldogs Youth Lacrosse program in Doylestown, and over the past 15 years, taught thousands of girls to love the game. Deb’s passion for the game and her exceptional teaching skills enabled countless girls to take their love of the game to the high school and college levels.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her five children, John, Leanna, Ryan, Kyle, and Alyssa; her mother, Frances Castor; and her siblings, Ed Castor, Matt Castor, James Castor, John Castor, Joseph Castor, Jeannette Gearing, and Rebecca Castor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Debora’s name may be made to Philadelphia Lacrosse Association, 107 Steinbright Drive, Collegeville, Pa. 19426-4010. Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home

Deb was a a 2001 inductee into the City All Star Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, a national champion player at Penn State and a member of the US National team from 1980-84. Andress also played for the Philly I and II club teams.

Deb was recognized as a pioneer for girls’ lacrosse in the Northern suburbs for launching camps in the region and helping start the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) CYO program as well as the Lady Bulldogs youth program, which evolved from OLMC.

Deb co-founded the popular D and D Sports Camps in 1994 with Dee Cross, as well as the Five Star lacrosse camps for many years. Deb also was named the inaugural coach at Penn State Abington in 2008, but did not begin her tenure as coach until 2010 after fighting her illness.

“She was great at motivating everyone to give their best effort and to have fun,” said Andress’ close friend, Karren Schnellenbach. “She touched so many aspiring young players and gave them the skill set to follow their dreams to continue to play thru high school and onto college.

“She loved and was very devoted to her ‘Bulldogs’ and built an incredible youth program – a program she was very proud of which with a combined effort we will keep the Bulldog program and tradition going strong.”

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