Powell Named Head Lacrosse Coach at Penn State Abington

ABINGTON, Pa. Penn State Abington Director of Athletics Dr. Karen Weaver has announced the hiring of Noelle Powell as the new head coach for women's lacrosse. With coaching experience at the Division I level, Powell hopes to bring that wealth of knowledge and experience to Penn State Abington.

"I'm excited to be here and continue my journey as a head coach at Penn State Abington. With the motivation and drive of this program, I am confident that I can contribute and continue the growth and progress of the Penn State Abington women's lacrosse program."

Powell comes to Abington after serving the past year as the Head of Middle School Lacrosse at William Penn Charter. Prior to Penn Charter, Powell was an assistant coach at Drexel University for two seasons, where she helped lead the Dragons to a combined 18-16 record, developing five All-CAA players and one All-Regional honoree. Prior to her stint at Drexel, she was previously the head coach at Marist College for four years. After taking a hiatus from collegiate level coaching to raise her family, Powell has been eager to rejoin the ranks.

An All-American at Temple, Powell returned to Philadelphia to serve as Drexel's top assistant in 2009, after four years as the head coach at Marist College. From her days as a state champion at Yorktown (N.Y.) High School to two Atlantic-10 Championships at Temple to her unprecedented success at Marist and as director of her own club program, Powell has proven to be a committed student and teacher of the game.

Hired prior to the 2004 season, Marist experienced significant success and growth during Powell's four years on the sidelines. She led the Red Foxes to three MAAC Tournament appearances and earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors in 2007, after guiding the team to a school-record 10 wins and an appearance in the conference championship game. Based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she helped nationalize Marist's program, recruiting players from 11 different states including California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

During her four years with the Red Foxes, Powell recruited and developed 24 All-MAAC selections including 10 first team honorees, nine all-tournament players, a MAAC Player of the Year and two MAAC Rookies of the Year.

Powell has a deep appreciation for the true student-athlete and brought with her to Drexel a commitment to excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community campus and beyond. Those expectations were consistently fulfilled by her athletes at Marist, where the teams earned 48 MAAC All-Academic selections and twice earned IWLCA National Team Academic Awards. Powell's Marist teams were also involved in community service and four times won the athletic department's Red Fox Challenge, which rewarded points for non-athletic activities including: volunteerism, athletes supporting athletes and academic success.

Powell began her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater crosstown rival Temple University, from where she graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management. As an assistant coach in the 2003 season, she helped guide the Owls to an Atlantic-10 Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

A four-year letterwinner and an All-America at Temple, Powell helped lead the Owls to two consecutive Atlantic-10 Championships and NCAA tournament appearances and was honored as an A-10 Player of the Week on five occasions. She also holds a spot in the Temple record books, owning the single-season assist record and ranking second all-time on the career assist list with 88. She also holds the fifth highest total for points in a single season.

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