November 11, 2009

Rutkowski to Launch Albion (Mich.) Program

from press release

Albion College women’s athletic director Lisa Roschek today announced the appointment of Jaclyn Rutkowski as the first head coach of the Britons’ varsity women’s lacrosse program. Rutkowski will begin work immediately on building a squad for the spring 2010 season and beyond.
A four-year letter winner at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Rutkowski was an all-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first team selection in 2007 after establishing single season school marks for goals (50), assists (29), and points (79). She was the Crimson Hawks’ second-leading scorer in her first three collegiate campaigns with 44 points (33 goals and 11 assists) in 2006, 40 points (30 goals and 10 assists) in ’05, and 29 points (21 goals and 8 assists) in ’04.

After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in education from IUP in 2007, Rutkowski moved on to Ohio University where she earned her master’s degree in recreation and sport sciences and served as volunteer coach of the Bobcats’ club women’s lacrosse program.

Originally from Upper St. Clair, Pa., Rutkowski also played field hockey at the high school and collegiate levels. She was a member of the 2005 IUP squad that advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships, and she served as the coach for the Upper St. Clair School District in the fall of 2009.

“I’ve had experience coaching 8-, 18-, and 21-year olds,” Rutkowski said, adding that her experience from coaching younger players comes from a lacrosse clinic she developed in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. “I’m old enough to demonstrate the mental and physical aspects of the sport, and I’m energetic because of the opportunity to build a fresh, new program from the ground up.

“My goal is to bring the sport of lacrosse – which is already huge – back to Michigan where it originated,” she added. “I do not want people to think of lacrosse as a sport confined to the East region.”

Albion will join Adrian, Carthage (Wis.), Fontbonne (Mo.), the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Saint Joseph, and Trine in the fledgling Midwest Lacrosse Conference.

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