Former Nittany Lion BJ Lucey Joins Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; August 16, 2006 - Former Nittany Lion BJ Lucey has been named an assistant coach on the women's lacrosse staff, head coach Suzanne Isidor announced.
"I am so happy to have BJ back at Penn State," said Isidor. "She is an outstanding leader, motivator, and teacher. BJ had an extremely successful career as a student-athlete at Penn State and I know she will have an equally successful coaching career."
Lucey, a midfielder, earned Regional All-American honors in 2000 and 2001 while at Penn State. In 2002, she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology.
A native of Springfield, Pa., Lucey left her home state after graduation to pursue her coaching interests, landing a job as a graduate assistant for field hockey and lacrosse at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. At TCNJ, she helped the Lions reach the Division III Women's Lacrosse National Championship game in 2004. Lucey also strengthened her resume by attaining a Master's of Education degree from The College of New Jersey.
In 2004, Lucey returned to Pennsylvania, joining the women's lacrosse program at Temple University as an assistant coach. In 2005, she helped the Owls win the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship.
"I am excited to be coming 'home' to Penn State and to return to the strong tradition of the Penn State Lacrosse program," said Lucey. "I also look forward to the opportunity to coach alongside the people who taught me so my much during my playing career."
The Nittany Lions are coming off an 8-8 season and a second consecutive second place American Lacrosse Conference finish. In 2007, Isidor will return nine starters and 20 letterwinners, including First Team All-ALC honorees midfielder Jessi Lieb and defender Renee Cipro.