Allegheny's Stephanie Janice Named Oxy Head Lacrosse Coach

LOS ANGELES - Stephanie Janice, the winningest women's lacrosse coach in Allegheny College history, was announced as Occidental's new head coach on Monday, bringing the former Johns Hopkins star out west as the leader of Oxy's rising program.

Janice takes over for Michele Uhlfelder, the school's inaugural coach who led the Tigers to their first NCAA tournament appearance and had them one game away from a SCIAC championship in 2012. Uhlfelder stepped away from college coaching in May.

"We are very excited about the future of Oxy women's lacrosse and we think we've found the perfect person to take the torch and the team to the next level," Occidental athletic director Jaime Hoffman said. "Stephanie is very bright, has a terrific feel for Occidental and comes very highly recommended. We couldn't be more enthusiastic about watching her build on the strong foundation that (Uhlfelder) built."

Janice won 31 games in three years at Allegheny, 10 more than the school's next best total. She coached two NCAC Offensive Players of the Year, 16 All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selections, nine IWLCA All-Great Lakes Region selections and a two-time NCAC Player of the Year during her tenure with the Gators.

"I would like to thank Jaime Hoffman, the search committee and the Oxy community for this incredible opportunity," Janice said. "From the moment I first stepped on campus, I knew Occidental was a special place. Lacrosse is growing so much out west and I am excited to be a part of that as a coach, teacher and mentor. It's my goal to take Oxy lacrosse to new heights and be a consistent championship contender in the SCIAC and on the national scene."

Last season, Allegheny finished seventh in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 16.47 goals per game, and ended the year with a 10-5 record. In Janice's first season, the Gators went 12-6 and in 2012 they were 9-9.

Prior to Allegheny, Janice was an assistant with Goucher College for two years where she also earned her master's in education, with an emphasis in athletic program leadership and administration.

As a player, Janice was a two-time First Team All-American at Shawnee HS in Southern New Jersey. She was then a four-year starting midfielder at Johns Hopkins where she was voted the team's Unsung Hero by her teammates. Janice's leadership helped guide Johns Hopkins to three NCAA tournaments, including a trip to the National Semifinals during her senior season. She is the school's current leader in career games played.

She's also very connected to Baltimore, Maryland, considered by many to be the epicenter of lacrosse, where she was the head coach of the Ravens Lacrosse Club. While coaching at Allegheny, she worked with the Pittsburgh Premier Club team.

Janice's fiancÚ Matthew Mark is the head baseball coach at Caltech.


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