Deb Andress Returns as Penn State Abington Head Coach

ABINGTON, PA -- Penn State Abington's Director of Athletics Dr. Karen Weaver announced that Deb Andress has returned to the women's lacrosse program as its head coach. Andress, who took a medical leave in 2008-09, assisted in 2009-10 part time. Andress' health continues to improve, leading to the decision to take over the reins of the program once again.

"We are very grateful to Jody Field and a number of members of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Community for stepping up and helping our program get off the ground during Deb's illness", said Weaver. "It is really an amazing testament to her strength of character, superior medical care and her love for lacrosse that have led to this decision."

From the 2008 Penn State Abington Press Release:

Andress brings an outstanding lacrosse background to the position. She has coached and/or played at nearly every level, from youth to national play. A former member of the United States Women's Lacrosse Team Squad from 1980 to 1984, Andress also played for the Philly I and II club teams, perennial powerhouses in the sport.

A graduate of Penn State, Andress played both field hockey and lacrosse for the Nittany Lions, and was a member of teams that won two AIAW National Championships during her tenure. She was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Andress has remained in touch with the game through founding and directing summer camps and leagues. She served as head of the selection committee and direct and coach the OLMC Girls Lacrosse Youth Organization for second- through eighth-grade girls in Bucks County. She is currently a full-time instructor in Kinesiology at Penn State Abington.

"Without a doubt, Deb Andress is the right coach at the right time to begin our new program," said Karen Weaver, director of athletics. Her experience and involvement in the game for the past 25 years made her an exceptional candidate."

"I am so thrilled and honored to accept the head coaching position of our new women's lacrosse program here at Penn State Abington," said Andress. "With the present explo- sion of the sport throughout the country, we are proud to provide an opportunity for our student athletes to participate at the collegiate level. I have always been very passionate about the game of lacrosse and see this as a positive challenge! To create, develop and lead our new women's lacrosse program to new heights is my goal."

Last year, the women's lacrosse team finished the season 3-7 overall, and 2-5 in the NEAC Conference in only the second year of the program's existence.

Penn State Abington begins its second year of NCAA Division III provisional status in 2010-2011. The Nittany Lions are members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference and the ECAC.


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