TIFFIN - Athletic Director Matt Palm announced Friday that Rosie Knisley has been hired as the head women's lacrosse coach at Heidelberg University. She becomes the first women's lacrosse coach in school history, as it was announced in July that men's and women's lacrosse will be added as varsity sports beginning in the 2016-17 school year at the Berg.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to get the program started," said Knisley. "Our roster will be full of well-rounded student-athletes who are driven to excel in the classroom and on the field -- in that order."
Knisley joins the Heidelberg athletics family after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She assisted in all facets of the NCAA Division II program and helped lead an offense that ranked atop the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference in shots on goal per game in 2014.
"We are excited to bring Rosie on board and complete our team," said Palm. "Rosie brings excitement and passion with her to Tiffin. I look forward to watching her build a great program in the classroom, in the community and on the field."
She also has familiarity with Division III women's lacrosse, having served as an assistant coach at Oberlin College in the 2013-14 school year. In that season, Knisley helped coach the Yeowomen to an 8-5 record.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, she has been heavily involved with different lacrosse camps and club teams.
Knisley is a 2013 graduate of Roanoke College in Virginia, where she played four years of varsity lacrosse. Over the course of her career she recorded 28 goals and 31 assists and was named third team All-Conference as a senior while serving as team captain.
"In order to succeed, it's important to be surrounded by good people," said Knisley. "Everyone that I've met with at Heidelberg -- faculty, staff, students -- have been very supportive of the program and of me as I've been getting started."
Photo courtesy of Slippery Rock Sports Information.