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Farewell to Penn State Women’s LAX coach

Submitted by on June 3, 20102 Comments

First it was men’s soccer, then came men’s lacrosse, now Suzanne Isidor is resigning as the head coach for the women’s lacrosse program after 10 years for personal reasons. She marks the 8th coach in Penn State women’s lacrosse history.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the head coach at Penn State,” Isidor said in the press release. “Penn State is a special place and I am grateful to have been able to coach not only great players but great people during my tenure. I want to thank Tim Curley and Sue Scheetz for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and for their constant help and support. I will always cherish the friendships and relationships I have made while in Happy Valley and leave with nothing but fond memories of my time here.”

Although she was a wildly successful 4 time letterwinner for the Nittany Lions leading her team to 3 NCAA Tournaments including the semifinals her senior year, she was a lackluster head coach for Penn State. Heading into her 9th season last year, her overall record stood at 74-79, a losing one. Suzanne Isidor wasn’t any more successful in what turned out to be her final season, going a lackluster 10-7 (a dismal 1-4 in the ALC) with a 15-9 loss to #2 Northwestern in the American Lacrosse Conference tournament solidifying her final record with Penn State at 84-86, still under .500.

During her 10 seasons, she only managed to lead the Nittany Lions to 2 NCAA tournaments and 1 American Lacrosse Conference title game appearance. For a program that is tied for 5th in the nation with 2 national titles in 1987 and 1989, it just wasn’t good enough.

Season Overall ALC
2009-10 10-7 1-4
2008-09 9-8 2-2
2007-08 5-12 0-4
2006-07 9-8 0-4

Even though she wasn’t as successful on the field as most fans would have liked, she embodied the Penn State Way, stressing the student aspect in her student-athletes. Her players received recognition by the IWLCA on its honor roll or as scholar athletes 16 times and one was honored as a First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Nittany Lions have also earned Academic All-ALC honors on a remarkable 144 occasions since 2002, not including the class of 2010, which has yet to be released.

Her biggest mark with the Penn State women’s lacrosse program was with the creation of the American Lacrosse Conference in 2001. She presided over the Nittany Lions in 2002 as they competed in their first season as one of 7 charter members of the lacrosse only conference. The American Lacrosse Conference, which comprises of Florida, John Hopkins, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Vanderbilt has emerged as one of the toughest conferences in the nation for lacrosse. In fact Northwestern, a member of the ALC has participated in the last 6 NCAA women’s lacrosse championship games winning 5 titles.

It is always a shame to see one of our own move on from our coaching ranks, but this provides Penn State with a great opportunity to bring in a proven winner much like they have done with recent wrestling and men’s soccer hires.  Might I be so bold as to suggest Kelly Amonte Hiller who just led Northwestern to 6 consecutive NCAA women’s lacrosse championship games winning 5 titles along the way?

Penn State will surely involve current associate Athletic Director Susan Delaney-Scheetz to be part of the national search for Isidor’s replacement. Susan Delaney-Scheetz coached the women’s lacrosse program for 4 seasons (67-9, 88.1% winning percentage) from 1986 – 1989 leading the Nittany Lions to their only 2 national titles in 87′ and 89′ before she was promoted to associate AD in 2002. It would almost be irresponsible for Penn State to ignore her impeccable lacrosse background when she is so well connected to the women’s lacrosse coaching fraternity.

We wish Suzanne Isidor the best in her future endeavors.

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