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Sue Stahl
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 21 Years

 

Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Century, International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year, former head coach of the U.S. national team, inductee of the United States, Virginia and Pennsylvania Lacrosse Halls of Fame...Sue Stahl, one of the greatest names in women's lacrosse, is also the head coach of the Old Dominion Lady Monarch women's lacrosse team.

The legendary coach, is entering her 21st season at the helm of the Lady Monarchs.

ODU finished the 2009 season with an 11-5 overall record and Stahl was named the leagues coach of the year for the fifth time in her illustrious career. Stahl also coached the conference Player of the Year, Kelly Kimener and Rookie of the Year, Sarah Geary. ODU was ranked as high as No. 17 nationally during the 2009 season.

Stahl remains one of the most respected and admired coaches in her sport. Under her leadership and guidance, Old Dominion has been a perennial contender nationally and ranked as high as eighth in the country. Never shying away from a competitive schedule, Stahl's teams continually play one of the top schedules in the country.

Since coming to Old Dominion in 1991, Stahl has registered 138 career wins and captured the 1995 CAA Tournament Title as well as the 2003 CAA Regular Season Title. Six of her athletes have been named Brine/IWLCA All-Americans, 32 players named to an All-CAA team, and 12 have become members of the All-South Region Team. In 1993 she coached the CAA Player of the Year, Barb DiArcangelo, and mentored the 2001 CAA Rookie of the Year and ODU's all-time leading scorer, Suzanne Wosczyna.

Not only has Stahl brought much recognition and talent to Old Dominion and the world of collegiate women's lacrosse, but she has also brought a winning tradition to lacrosse on a national level. Stahl spent 16 years as the coach of the United States National Team bringing home an unprecedented four World Cup Championships in five appearances.

Prior to joining the Lady Monarchs, Stahl won two USWLA National Championships as the head coach of the Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse team. She also served as a basketball coach at Haverford College in Pennsylvania during that period.

Stahl's coaching expertise is not just limited to the world of lacrosse. She has compiled an extensive coaching resume, which began at her alma mater where she coached lacrosse and basketball for a decade ending in 1981. She later became the assistant lacrosse coach at Temple University, a post she held for eight seasons. From 1983-90, Stahl helped the Owls reach the NCAA Championship semifinals seven times, advancing to the finals four times and winning the National Championship in both 1984 and 1988. Holding the position of defensive coordinator, Stahl was an innovator in the use of zone defenses in women's lacrosse.

Stahl was recognized on the All-Century Women's Lacrosse team in 1999, perhaps the biggest honor anyone could receive, but it is just one of many coaching distinctions that she has earned throughout her career. Five times, in 1995, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2009, Stahl was named the CAA Coach of the Year and in 1997 she was awarded the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year honor. Already a member of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame, in 1999 she was inducted into both the United States and Virginia Lacrosse Halls of Fame. Additionally she has named to the Delco Sports Hall of Fame and received the Diane Geppi-Aikens Award from the IWLCA for lifetime achievement and commitment to the sport and the Nancy Chance Award by U.S. Lacrosse in 2005.

Not only has Stahl left her mark on the coaching world, but her name continually surfaces as one of the nation's top competitors. She remains at the top of lacrosse and field hockey history having served as a member of both the United Sates lacrosse (1956-67) and field hockey (1964-67) national teams. While a member of the U.S. field hockey team, Stahl toured Jamaica in 1965 and 1967, and played in numerous countries including England, France, and Germany. During her collegiate playing days, Stahl was one of Ursinus College's top athletes.

A four-sport athlete in lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, and softball, she was inducted into the Bears' Hall of Fame in 1985. Stahl also played field hockey and lacrosse for the Philadelphia College Association (a USWLA regional affiliation) from 1962-67.

Stahl has been active on numerous national committees throughout her career including the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA). Stahl also has served on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and the Women's Division Boards of Directors. For over 13 years she has also served as a clinician for NCAA sponsored Youth Education Through Sport (YES) Clinics throughout the country. In addition to her responsibilities as a professional within the lacrosse world, Stahl has been associated with a number of official organizations in other areas of sport, including the Philadelphia Field Hockey Board of Officials, the United States Field Hockey Association, and the Women's Collegiate Basketball Association.

Stahl and her husband Gray reside in Norfolk. They have two sons, Steve and Kyle, as well as two grandchildren.

COACHING CAREER:
Head Coach: Lansdowne-Aldan High School (1966-67) - Lacrosse, Field Hockey and Basketball

Assistant Lacrosse Coach: Ursinus College (1971-1981) - Responsible for the varsity defense and junior varsity team

Head Basketball Coach: Ursinus College (1973-81)

Assistant Lacrosse Coach: Temple University (1983-1990) - Responsible for varsity defense, the junior varsity team, recruiting and scouting

Head Basketball Coach: Haverford College (1988-90)

Head Coach: United States National Lacrosse Team (1988-2005) - While head coach of the U.S. Team, she has guided the team to unprecedented four World Cup Lacrosse Championship titles in 1989 , 1993, 1997 and 2001 and runner-up in 2005. In 1992, she coached the U.S. Team during an official USWLA tour of Australia with contests held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The U.S. Team went 9-3 on the trip, including wins in all four test matches against the Australian National Team. In 1996, she coached the U.S. team on a 2-1/2 week tour of England, Scotland, and Wales, guiding the squad to a perfect 7-0 record. In 1997, she led the U. S. team to a 6-1 record, defeating Australia for the gold medal at the World Cup in Japan. In 2000, the team toured Australia compiling an 11-1 record, beating England once and Australia three times in test matches.

Head Coach: Old Dominion University (1990-present) - The 1994 squad was ranked eighth in the nation and climbed as high as sixth in the nation with two All-Americans. The 1995 squad were CAA champion, while the 2003 team were CAA runner-up. The 2003 squad also captured the CAA regular season title. She was named CAA Coach of the Year in 1995, 2002, 2003, 2007 & 2009.


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