Marywood University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Rob Brooks has been named Head Coach of the Polish Women's Lacrosse National Team, according to an announcement by Katarzyna Kowalska, Representative of the Polish Women's Lacrosse National Team. While continuing his role at the Pacers' helm, Brooks will also guide the new Polish National Team as they pursue the European Championship in 2012 to be held in Amsterdam and the World Championship in 2013.
Brooks Named Head Coach of Polish Women's National Team
In his role as Head Coach of the National Team, Brooks will be responsible for selecting the teams, coaching and medical staff, and recruiting players for tryouts by the end of 2011. Brooks will organize, plan, and implement the instruction of rules, strategies, conditioning, and fundamentals of women's lacrosse for the new team and hold practices in preparation for the 2012 European Championship. In compliance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse, Brooks will also garner sponsorship to fund the National Team through the European Championships and World Cup.
Entering his third season as Marywood's Head Coach, Brooks has led the Pacers to the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs in each of his first two seasons. The 2010 team posted a school-record nine wins in advancing to the conference semifinals for the second-straight year and five players earned All-Conference recognition.
Prior to joining Marywood, Brooks served as the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach and Trainer for the Haudenosaunee Nation Women's World Cup Team in which he was responsible for assessing players and selecting the team that competed in the World Cup hosted by the Czech Republic in the summer of 2009.
Coach Brooks and the Pacers hold an 12-3 record for the 2011 season as of press time.
All Marywood Teams Having Great Seasons!
In the fall, every team (men's & women's Soccer, men's and women's Cross Country, Field Hockey, Volleyball and women's Tennis) qualified for the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) playoffs. Women's Cross Country won the CSAC Championship while men's and women's Soccer also qualified for the ECAC post-season tournament, with the women's Soccer team capturing the 2010 ECAC South Region Championship.
In the winter, both men's and women's basketball qualified for the CSAC playoffs and the ECAC tournament.
Thus far, men's Tennis, Softball, women's Lacrosse and men's Lacrosse have locked up a spot in the CSAC playoffs for the spring, bringing the total number of teams to qualify for post-season play to 13 of 14 (CSAC only sponsors playoffs in those 14 sports- see below).
Note: The CSAC does not sponsor swimming, therefore the only event swimmers can qualify for is the ECAC individual championships, and we sent one male and one female swimmer to the ECAC individual championships.
2011 Hall of Fame
Two former Marywood University cross country runners were inducted as the 15th class of honorees into Marywood University’s prestigious Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 22, 2011, on the University’s campus. Charles S. Ackley, Jr. ’01 and Debby Popper Paciotti ’00 were selected for induction by the University’s Hall of Fame Committee and approved by Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D. Ackley and Paciotti become the first cross country runners honored in Marywood’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
To read more about this year’s honorees go to: www.marywood.edu/athletics, click on the Athletic Department tab and then the Hall of Fame link.
Marywood University celebrated the dedication of its new Aquatics Center on Friday April 15, 2011. Since the event overlapped with magazine production, photos from the event will be featured in the next issue.