BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse has announced the U.S. U19 women’s national team coaching staff. Carter Abbott, Megan Clark and Jennifer Pfeiffer will serve as assistant coaches, joining recently named head coach, Krystin Porcella. Sarah Aschenbach will serve as team manager for the U.S. 19 women’s national lacrosse team.
"Each coach and staff member selected has great dedication to the sport of lacrosse, to the U19 age group and to US Lacrosse," said Krystin Porcella, head coach of the U.S. U19 women’s national team. "I look forward to bringing the individual talents of each coach together to form a unified coaching staff and accomplish our goal of winning the 2011 FIL World Cup. The next step is to select the best players in the United States and begin our training."
Abbott, a 2010 US Lacrosse New Jersey Chapter Hall of Fame inductee, has been a high school coach for 12 seasons and hit her 100th career win in 2008. Abbott currently serves as head coach at Suffield (Conn.) Academy. She is active in various roles of US Lacrosse serving as Women’s Division National Tournament (WDNT) selector, was a member of the All-American selection committee, and was a presenter at the 2005 US Lacrosse National Convention. Abbott had a successful career as a player at Princeton (1994-97) and was a member of the U.S. women’s developmental team (1995-96).
Clark, a former member of the U.S. U19 women’s national team (1995) and U.S. women’s developmental team (1998-99), will be the squad’s offensive coach. Clark currently serves as head coach at Pope John Paul II (Tenn.) High School and strength and conditioning coach for the high school’s girls’ basketball program. She also serves as owner and head coach of the TNLAX club lacrosse program, a travel team for top high school lacrosse players in Tennessee. Prior to Pope John Paul II, Clark served as assistant women’s lacrosse coach Vanderbilt (Tenn.) (2002-2009) and Johns Hopkins (Md.) (2000-2002).
Pfeiffer joins the U.S. U19 women’s national team as the goalie coach. Pfeiffer, a former goal keeper at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2001-04), currently serves as goalie coach for TEAM I-Lax, a Maryland travel team. She also served as assistant coach at Perry Hall (Md.) High School (2005) and is currently a teacher at Sandy Plains Elementary School (Md.).
Aschenbach, a former player at Washington and Lee (Va.) University (1991-1995) and Stone Ridge Country Day (Md.) School (1987-1991), will join the U.S. U19 women’s national team program as the team’s manager. Aschenbach currently serves as head women’s varsity lacrosse coach at The Connelly School of the Holy Child (Md.). She has also coached teams in the US Lacrosse WDNT, served as co-coordinator of the regional WDNT tryouts and served as chair of the US Lacrosse High School All-American selection committee as part of the US Lacrosse Women’s Division Coaches Council.
"US Lacrosse is thrilled with these selections," said Nathaniel Badder, U.S. national teams program director. "Their breath of experiences as players and coaches, both domestically and internationally, will undoubtedly elevate the team’s competiveness. And, having coaches from a variety of geographic regions will bring a nice assortment of styles to the staff."
The U.S. U19 women’s national team will compete in the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Gottingen, Germany. In 2007, Team USA won the gold at the quadrennial event, beating Australia 18-3 in Peterborough, Ontario.
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