June 2, 2010

Penn State Exodus: Women's Coach Isidor Resigns

from staff reports

Penn State women's lacrosse coach Suzanne Isidor has resigned after 10 seasons.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Less than a month after longtime Penn State men's lacrosse coach Glenn Thiel resigned, women's lacrosse coach Suzanne Isidor has followed suit. While the Nittany Lions have already begun their search for Thiel's replacement, a national search for Isidor's successor will begin immediately.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the head coach at Penn State," said Isidor. "Penn State is a special place and I am grateful to have been able to coach not only great players but great people during my tenure. I want to thank Tim Curley and Sue Scheetz for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and for their constant help and support. I will always cherish the friendships and relationships I have made while in Happy Valley and leave with nothing but fond memories of my time here."

During her 10-year head coaching tenure, Isidor, the eighth coach in Penn State women's lacrosse history, guided the Nittany Lions to 84 victories, two NCAA Tournament bids, and one American Lacrosse Conference title game appearance. In 2005, she led her team to a career-high 12 wins, including a 5-1 conference record, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where PSU suffered a heartbreaking double overtime loss to North Carolina. Individually, Isidor's players earned a total of 38 All-ALC selections, 21 IWLCA Regional All-American honors, and nine IWLCA All-American accolades.

Isidor's student-athletes were also successful academically. Her players received recognition by the IWLCA on its honor roll or as scholar athletes 16 times and one was honored as a First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Nittany Lions have also earned Academic All-ALC honors on a remarkable 144 occasions since 2002, not including the class of 2010, which has yet to be released.

Under Isidor, the Penn State women's lacrosse program was a part of two historical events. In 2002, the Nittany Lions competed in their first season as one of seven charter members of the American Lacrosse Conference, a league that has developed into one of the strongest in the nation. That same year, Isidor and the Nittany Lions etched their name in the record book on March 20 when they took the field for a contest against Johns Hopkins, becoming the first women's lacrosse program in current Division I history to play 500 games.

A four-time letterwinner for the Nittany Lions, Isidor helped Penn State advance to the NCAA Tournament three times, reaching the semifinals in her final season. A senior co-captain, she was a 1995 Regional All-American. After graduation, Isidor joined the Penn State coaching ranks as an assistant for one season.

"We are deeply appreciative of Suzanne's contributions to the women's lacrosse program and to the department," said Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. "She has served as a tremendous representative of Penn State, embodying the values of the University in an exemplary fashion. We wish her the best of luck."

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