PHILADELPHIA--Penn women’s lacrosse head coach Karin Brower announced the hiring of Liz Kittleman as an assistant coach for the 2009 season. A graduate of Union College, Kittleman has served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Quakers the past two seasons, helping them advance to the NCAA Championship semifinal round in 2007 and NCAA final in 2008 as well as win back-to-back Ivy League titles.
Kittlemanstepped into a full-time role afterfifth-year assistantcoach Gloria Lozanobecame the first assistantfollowing the departure of Julie Shaner Young, who recently became the head coach at Haverford College.
“We’re very excited to have Liz on full time,” said Brower. “She brings a lot of enthusiasm as well as a good insight to the game. As a volunteer, she has been very dedicated to the team, and has proven to be a good teacher who is really able to motivate the players.”
Kittleman brings a wealth of lacrosse coaching experience to the Quakers’ staff, working primarily with Penn’s attack and goalkeepers.
In addition to her duties at Penn, Kittleman was the manager for the United States Women’s Elite lacrosse team from January 2006 to October 2007.
Kittleman began her coaching career in 1999 at the Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) when she brought the JV girls’ lacrosse team from a standing record of 4-10 to a first-time record of 10-4. The following fall, Kittleman was an assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team at the Barrie School (Silver Springs, Md.).
In August of 2000, she decided to pursue coaching at the college level and was hired as an assistant coach at Stanford University. During her first year with the program, Kittleman joined head coach Michele Uhlfelder in leading the Cardinal to their first top-20 ranking in 2001.
Kittleman returned to Stanford for the 2002 season, adding Director of Lacrosse Operations to her assistant coaching duties. That same year, she accepted a volunteer position with the professional women’s soccer team, San Jose Cyberrays, as the Game Day Producer.
In 2003, Kittleman served as the Director of the Avery Aquatic Center & Special Events. In this role, she was the lead contact for Stanford University for multiple national and international events, including the USA Track & Field National Championships, the Men’s Water Polo US Cup, the Women’s Water Polo MPSF Championships, and the Modern Pentathlon World Championships (a 35-nation competition showcasing Stanford’s potential to host the 2012 Olympic Games). Staying active in coaching, Kittleman coached lacrosse at Menlo-Atherton High School (Atherton, Calif.) during the 2003 season.
Kittleman rejoined the Stanford lacrosse coaching staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2004 season before returning to her native Philadelphia. Kittleman served as an assistant coach at Haverford College in 2005 and 2006. In addition to coaching lacrosse at Haverford, she also served the College in a full-time position with the Office of the Provost. The last two years, Kittleman remained in the Provost’s office while re-joining the ranks of Division I coaching as Penn’s volunteer assistant.
A four-year letterwinner (1994-98) in lacrosse at Union College in New York, Kittleman earned first-team UCAA honors as a senior. She also competed on the women's soccer team for four years, captaining the team in 1997 and 1998, and was a member of the women's ice hockey team in 1995. While at Union, Kittleman earned her bachelor’s degree in art history.
Kittleman and the Quakers begin the 2009 season on Feb. 21, hosting Drexel in the first of five consecutive home games to start the season.