La Roche College is excited to announce that Lisa Evans has been named head coach of the women's lacrosse program. Evans becomes the school's first women's lacrosse coach and has the unique task of building the program through her vision.
"I'd like to thank Sister Candace Introcaso, Jim Tinkey, and Katherine Golebie for the opportunity to begin the women's lacrosse program at La Roche College and grow the game of women's lacrosse in the Greater Pittsburgh area. I look forward to bringing my passion for this sport to the team, our beautiful campus, and the entire La Roche community".
"Over the course of the next 18-19 months, I will look to promote our program and find the right players to start this promising program in the fall of 2020. A club year for the 2019-2020 school year allows us the time to find players who not only embody the La Roche mission but who will give us the commitment needed to spearhead a program".
"My vision is to provide a well-rounded student-athlete experience for our players while creating a team who will compete for AMCC championships and eventually NCAA tournament berths."
Evans has been involved in the sport for over two decades, including the past ten years with NCAA Division I Duquesne University. Evans served as Duquesne's head coach during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons where she helped Mid-Fielder Carlee Braverman earn a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
Evans' teams routinely performed well in the classroom. Over her two seasons, nine student-athletes received IWLCA/Zag Sports DI Academic Honor Roll Accolades for GPAs of 3.5 or Higher. Her 2017 and 2018 squads were recognized as an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA)/Zag Sports DI Honor Squad for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Evans served as a Duquesne assistant coach from 2009-16. During her tenure, she coached Caitlin Prince who ranked third in program history with 162 career goals, and had a program best 62 goals in 2012. Price became one of the Duke's best-ever players, earning first team all-conference in 2012 and 2014, all-rookie team, and 2012 IWLCA All West/Mid-West Region Second Team.
Evans enjoyed a standout collegiate career prior to joining the coaching ranks. Evans played attack for the nationally ranked University of Pittsburgh Panther Club team. She captained the team for three years and ranked top 3 in scoring in all four seasons.
Evans resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband Owen and cat Cheese Pizza.
She is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Photo credit to Duquesne University Athletics.
Lisa Evans Profile
As a Player:
-Played attack for the nationally ranked University of Pittsburgh Panther Club team. Captained the team for 3 years. Sophomore-senior years. Spring 1999-Spring 2002. Top 3 in scoring all 4 years.
As a Coach:
-Started coaching career with Quaker Valley Middle School (Head Coach) & High School (Assistant Coach) in Spring of 2003. Voted Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Middle School Coach of the Year in 2005.
-Coached with the Intrepid Lacrosse Club from 2005-2009.
-Began collegiate coaching in spring of 2005 as an assistant coach under former Robert Morris Head Coach, Katy Phillips. Worked primarily with the team's offense & goalies until spring of 2009.
-In the fall of 2009 became a volunteer assistant at Duquesne University under former Head Coach Mike Scerbo working primarily with the team's offense. Promoted to first assistant in fall of 2014 as the Offensive Coordinator before being promoted to head coach in the summer of 2016.
As an Assistant Coach at Duquesne:
-Coached former Duquesne assistant coach (my former assistant) & player, Caitlin Prince who ranked third in program history with 162 career goals, and had a program best 62 goals in 2012. First team All-Conference in 2012 & 2014. All Rookie team freshmen year. 2012 IWLCA All West/Mid-West Region Second Team.
As a Head Coach:
-Coached Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, Mid-Fielder Carlee Braverman.
-Team recognized in 2017 & 2018 as an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA)/Zag Sports DI Honor Squad for having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
-In 2017, 5 Dukes received IWLCA/Zag Sports DI Academic Honor Roll Accolades for GPAs of 3.5 or Higher.
-In 2018, 4 Dukes received IWLCA/Zag Sports DI Academic Honor Roll Accolades for GPAs of 3.5 or Higher.
Additional Coaching Experience:
-Coached with Intrepid Lacrosse Club from 2005-2009
-Coached 2 seasons of Field Hockey at Shady Side Academy
-Coached 1 season of Field hockey at Robert Morris University during inaugural season.
-Currently a Site Director & Coach with Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club – joined in fall 2014.