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Former Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Sue Stahl Inducted into IWLCA Trailblazer Hall of Fame

October 22, 2017
By ODU Athletics

SPARKS, Md. – Former Old Dominion women’s lacrosse coach, Sue Stahl was inducted into the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Trailblazer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Stahl spent 21 years as the head coach at Old Dominion, serving from 1990-2011. With 142 wins, Stahl has been winningest lacrosse coach in school history. 

According to IWLCA, Trailblazers are women who were instrumental in leading the transition of the collegiate game of women's lacrosse from the physical education departments to varsity status beginning in the late 1960s through the 1980s. As pioneers, they laid the foundation for women’s lacrosse before Title IX, and then, with the support of that law, they promoted the growth of the sport and the advancement of women in college athletics.


“I have grown to be a better person, coach, and mother because of Sue and her strength.  Sue Stahl is a true Trailblazer in all senses of the word," explained current head coach Heather Holt. 

Among 10 other trailblazers awarded, this recognition honors Princeton’s Chris Sailer Trail, a 2008 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame recipient.


Her tenure at Old Dominion led to multiple national recognitions including the 1997 International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year. She’s also been inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame as well as the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame.


At Old Dominion, Stahl led her team to three regular season championships and one tournament championship. She also coached the US National Team for 17 years.


Throughout her time at ODU, Stahl received CAA Coach of the Year five times.


"I am honored to call Sue Stahl a friend, mentor, and coach.  Sue Stahl lead the way for me and many other women in the sport of Lacrosse.  She is one of the most honest, humble, and strongest women I know,” said Holt.


Prior to her time at ODU, Stahl spent time leading the way as lacrosse coach at Ursinus College, Temple University, and Lansdowne-Aldan High School.

IWLCA release can be seen here

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