By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/22/14
Xan Weitzel, a Moorestown grad and former Villanova assistant, has been named head girls’ lacrosse coach at Academy of Notre Dame.
Weitzel was an assistant for the Wildcats for the past four years and helped Boston University to four America East titles during her collegiate career. Weitzel was selected to play in the prestigous IWLCA/Under Armour North-South Senior All-Star game and was inducted into the Moorestown athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 after guiding the squad to four state titles during her prep school career.
Weitzel answered these questions about her new position:
What are your short-terms goals for the program?
Weitzel: “My short-term goals for the program are to immediately compete for the Inter-Ac conference championship. I love that we are in such a competitive league and I want to start off strong and get back to consistently being on top of the league standings. I also want to improve the team’s lacrosse IQ and individual skills. I am extremely encouraged after watching them play in our fall league games. We are an athletic team but still have a lot to learn about the game.”
What are your long-terms goals for the program?
Weitzel: My long-term goals for the program are to build the program into a nationally recognized one. In the past, we have only played teams in state and I want to change that and start playing the top teams both in state and out of state. I believe that in order to get respect and build the program you have to play the best.
What is your general coaching philosophy?
Weitzel: “My general coaching philosophy is to teach the game. After coaching at the college level I was surprised by the fact that many players don’t know the game of lacrosse that well. I think it’s very important to teach the team so that they understand the why and not just the how. I also like to change up what I’m teaching to throw off opponents. I will continuously change drills, plays, and motions so that our players are well prepared to compete and win.”
What coaches in your past had the most impact on your becoming a coach?
Weitzel: “I have been extremely lucky to have some amazing coaches during my playing career. My high school coach at Moorestown, Deanna Knobloch, paved the way for my career and instilled in me my passion and dedication to the game. She taught me that work ethic and determination will pay off and that being apart of a winning tradition is worth all the work and sacrifice. . Every girl in Moorestown grows up and wants to be a part of the legacy that Knobloch has created and I knew from a young age that lacrosse was my passion.”
“At Boston University, Liz Robertshaw was a huge influence in helping me realize that I wanted to be a coach. She taught me so much about the game and taught me how far I can push myself mentally and physically. She was a role model and showed that I could translate my passion for the game into a career.
“Lastly, after I started my coaching career at Villanova University, I learned from the head coach, Julie Young that being a head coach was not only a possibility but something I really wanted to pursue. I loved coaching at the college level and Julie gave me the confidence and game strategy to want to continue on as a head coach.”
Why did you want to coach at Notre Dame?
Weitzel: “I saw the job opening at Notre Dame and knew immediately that I could have a great impact on the program. They have been successful in the past in the Inter-Ac conference and I think I have what it takes to get them to the next level. After meeting with Athletic Director Peg Desondorf and President Dwyer, I knew that Notre Dame was the program for me as they share my desire and vision to make Notre Dame the preeminent program in the Inter-Ac.”
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