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Twenty-five Philly women serving as head coaches in D1 programs for 2017 season

Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/8/17
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There are 25 NCAA Division I women’s college programs in 2016-17 being coached by women that graduated from Philadelphia/South Jersey high schools or colleges.

There are two new members of the group. One is Wissahickon and Temple graduate Chelsea Rosiek, who has taken over the program at St. Bonaventure after leading Chestnut Hill College to its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) playoff berth in six years this past season.

The other first-year coach is 1998 Downingtown High grad Lisa Vacca Evans, the rookie coach at Duquesne, where she had served as an assistant for seven years. Vacca Evans coached for several years at Duquesne alongside assistant Regina Oliver (Pottstown), now the head coach at Cincinnati.

The list of 25 is headed by Navy’s Cindy Timchal (Haverford High, West Chester University), who won eight National titles at Maryland and is the winningest coach of all time (473 victories). She was inducted in 2012 year as a member of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.

Bonnie Rosen

Temple’s Bonnie Rosen (Harriton)

Princeton’s Chris Sailer (Haverford High) has won three National titles and was selected to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008.

Temple’s Bonnie Rosen (Harriton) was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009 and the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 2010. Rosen was honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 2016, being named the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Rosen guided the Owls to a 13-6 record and to an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament’s championship game.

Duke’s Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High) is the only coach the Blue Devils have had and in her 21 seasons at the helm she has compiled a 272-140 record, leading the Blue Devils to six national semifinals, four ACC regular season titles, an ACC Tournament Championship and 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Virginia’s Julie Myers (Harriton) has the rare distinction of being a player, an assistant coach and a head coach for Cavaliers teams that won the NCAA crown.

Amanda O’Leary (Spring-Ford, Temple) has taken Florida to the NCAA quarterfinals (three times) and semifinals after launching the program just seven years ago.

Liz Robertshaw (Strath Haven, Boston University) owns a 109-76 overall record, leading the Terriers and a 50-17 mark in conference play. She has led her team to winning seasons in seven of the 10 years she has been at the helm. She has also guided the Terriers to perfect seasons in conference play on three occasions (2008, 2009 and 2012).

Also, Philly grads are heading up nearly all the Philly programs in the city: Rosen (Temple), Candace Taglianetti Bossell (Haverford High, La Salle), Alex Kahoe (Agnes Irwin, St. Joseph’s), Julie Young (Germantown Academy, Villanova), Hannah Rudloff (West Chester East, Drexel), Sailer (Princeton), and Alison Fisher (Hatboro-Horsham, Lafayette).

Philly graduates coaching Division I lacrosse in 2017
Amy Bokker (Phoenixville grad, coach at Stanford)
Laura Brand-Sias (Radnor, Rutgers)
Laura Cook (Penncrest, Sacred Heart)
Jill DePetris (Archbishop Carroll, Bryant)
Alison Fisher (Hatboro-Horsham, Lafayette)
Jenny Graap (West Chester East, Cornell)
Heather Holt (Radnor, Old Dominion)
Alex Kahoe (Agnes Irwin, St. Joseph’s University)
Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High, Duke)
Kateri Linville (Moorestown-NJ, Delaware)
Katie McConnell (Holy Cross-NJ, Manhattan)
Julie Myers (Harriton, Virginia)
Amanda O’Leary (Spring-Ford, Florida)
Regina Oliver (Pottstown, Cincinnati)
Liz Robertshaw (Strath Haven, Boston University)
Bonnie Rosen (Harriton, Temple)
Chelsie Rosiek (Wissahickon, St. Bonaventure)
Hannah Rudloff (West Chester East, Drexel)
Chris Sailer (Haverford High, Princeton)
Kristen Selvage (Boyertown, Coastal Carolina)
Cathy Swezey (Moorestown-NJ, Vanderbilt)
Candance Taglianetti Bossell (Haverford High, La Salle)
Cindy Timchal (Haverford High, Navy)
Lisa Vacca Evans (Downingtown High, Duquesne)
Julie Young (Germantown Academy, Villanova)


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