Aug. 25, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Lacrosse named its newest edition, Joanne Connelly, to its powerful coaching ranks this week as assistant coach. Connelly is a 1997 graduate of Penn State University where she was a co-captain and a two-time All-American. She also captained the soccer team for two seasons before earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering. Connelly joins the Cardinal, replacing Liz Kittleman who served two years as assistant coach and Director of Lacrosse Operations.
During the 2002 season, Connelly served as an assistant girl's lacrosse coach at Convent of Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn. Prior to her coaching experience she worked in marketing and engineering.
Connelly, along with head coach Michele Uhlfelder, helped the U.S. Women's Lacrosse team to the 1997 IFWLA World Cup Title, and then in 2001 the duo was joined by assistant coach Quinn Carney en route to capturing the US's 5th straight gold medal.
"We are very excited to have Jo. She's a great fit. Not only is she a very good teacher and an accomplished player, she also brings real world resources and valuable experience in sports administration. Joanne is someone who has the ability to think things through, streamline, and problem solve. She's very smart and will play a big role in helping chart the course of the program's priorities, recruiting, and teaching the game," Uhlfelder said.
Connelly, a defensive specialist, will compliment Uhlfelder's attack and Carney's midfield skills during her first season on The Farm. "I'm ecstatic to be at a University where being No. 1 is on everyone's mind and the expectation, personnel and structure are in place to achieve that," said Connelly.