November 1, 2011

Gettysburg's Jordan Named Top DIII Women's Assistant Coach

from press release

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Gettysburg College's Barb Jordan has been named the top assistant coach in NCAA Division III women's lacrosse by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Jordan will be formally recognized at the IWLCA Awards Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

Jordan arguably helped form the top coaching staff in NCAA Division III in 2011, teaming with IWLCA Division III Coach of the Year Carol Cantele '83 and current Ursinus College head women's lacrosse coach Katie Hagan '07 to lead Gettysburg to its first NCAA Division III title.

"I am very surprised and honored to be receiving this award," said Jordan, who has been on the women's lacrosse staff since 2003. "I'd like to thank Carol Cantele for the opportunity to work so closely with the student athletes on the lacrosse team. They are a special group and a lot of fun to work with and I enjoy being a part of the lacrosse program here at Gettysburg."

The Bullets surprised everyone by winning it all in 2011. Despite a young roster, the team came together to produce a remarkable postseason run. After upsetting defending national champion and fifth-ranked Salisbury University and fourth-ranked SUNY Cortland, Gettysburg notched the biggest win in the title game in 17 years with a 16-5 victory over Bowdoin College.

Jordan has been instrumental in Gettysburg's rise to the top of Division III lacrosse. She lends her expertise as a former All-American at Penn State University to all facets of the Bullets' game plan, focusing in particular on the defensive side of the field. Gettysburg annually ranks among the nation's top 10 in scoring defense, including finishing seventh in 2011.

"Barb has been the defensive specialist coach during her tenure with the Gettysburg women's lacrosse program and she is responsible for molding that unit into a solid and powerful united front," said Cantele. "She knows the game inside and out, but more importantly, she knows how to teach the game and share the knowledge with her players."

"The players respond to her and give her everything that they have," Cantele added, "because they know how much she is invested in them, not just as a player producing results, but as people to be valued. She cares about her players in a way that is truly admirable."

Individually, seven Bullet defenders have earned All-American status under Jordan. Two have also been named IWLCA Defenders of the Year – Kate Murphy '05 in 2005 and Becky Lutz '11 in 2011.

Jordan's impact on the women's lacrosse program over the last nine years is undeniable. Since 2003, Gettysburg has posted a record of 161-30 overall (.843 winning percentage), including 76-5 in the Centennial Conference. The team has claimed three conference titles, competed in the NCAA Tournament nine times, and reached the national semifinals five times.

Jordan is also head coach of the Bullets' field hockey program. She just wrapped up her 10th season at the helm and ranks third in school history with 109 wins.

"Barb is a class act and sets an impeccable example to our student-athletes as a woman of great character," said Cantele. "I have never met anyone that is so selfless and humble so this honor is just fantastic and very well deserved."

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