Connelly Hired As Women's Lacrosse Assistant

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Sept. 1, 2004 - Joanne Connelly, a U.S. National Team member and three-time All-American at Penn State, has been hired as an assistant coach in women's lacrosse, Nittany Lion head coach Suzanne Isidor announced.

"Jo's international and Penn State playing experience as well as her teaching ability and passion towards the sport will make an immediate impact on our program," said Isidor. "We're lucky to have her back in the blue and white. She was one of the best players at Penn State and she will be a role model to our athletes."

Connelly earned second team All-America honors in 1994 and picked up first team honors in both 1995 and 1996 before becoming a member of the U.S. Elite Team, to which she still belongs. She joined the U.S. squad's touring team in 1996 and was a member of the World Cup gold medal team in Japan in 1997. She was named the Player of the Match against Scotland during the course of the 1997 World Cup and was again a member of the gold medal team during the 2001 World Cup in England. She was also a member of the 2000 U.S. touring team in Australia and is currently a member of the U.S. touring team in the United States.

"There is literally no place I'd rather be teaching the sport of lacrosse than right here where I did the bulk of my learning, not just about lacrosse but also about life," said Connelly. "The type of athlete that comes to this amazing place is exactly who I would choose to have on my roster against every opponent I'd face. I'm ecstatic to be a part of the Penn State tradition once again."

Connelly, a 2003 inductee into the Brooks School Hall of Fame, was an assistant coach at Stanford in 2002 and 2003 before joining the Penn State staff of Isidor and sixth-year assistant Tara Hohenshelt. Connelly graduated from Penn State in 1997 with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a co-captain on the inaugural Nittany Lion women's soccer team in 1996.

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