July 30, 2010

Lenoir-Rhyne Tabs Gitelson as Head Coach

from press release

HICKORY, N.C.
- Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Andi Gitelson as its first-ever women's lacrosse head coach. Men's and women's lacrosse will begin competing on the intercollegiate level at L-R in 2010-11.

"Lenoir-Rhyne is pleased to secure the services of Mrs. Gitelson," said Neill McGeachy, L-R's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "By the very essence of being first in, this is a significant hire."

Greg Paradine serves as Lenoir-Rhyne's director of lacrosse and the head men's lacrosse coach.

"I couldn't be happier that Andi (Gitelson) will be the leader of the women's lacrosse program here at Lenoir-Rhyne," said Paradine. "Her passion for coaching and experience mentoring students on the collegiate level is going to be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes."

Gitelson (pronounced Geh-tell-sun) has been the head coach of the Indiana University's women's lacrosse club team for the 2003-04 and 2007-08 academic years and served as club advisor from 2007 to 2010. Indiana is part of the women's collegiate lacrosse league.

"I am thrilled and honored to join the Lenoir-Rhyne family as the first head coach for the Bears women's lacrosse team," said Gitelson. "I was very pleased with the support of the administration, the campus and the community. I am very thankful for this amazing opportunity and look forward to the adventure that is about to begin."

Prior to Indiana, Gitelson served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Longwood University in 2002-03 and helped lead the squad to a 16-1 record and an NCAA Division II runner-up finish. Gitelson helped coach four Longwood players to IWLCA All-American honors including the NCAA Division II's Midfielder Of The Year and Defensive Player Of The Year.

Gitelson also played for the 2001-02 Longwood Team which earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Final Four and was ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation that season.

Gitelson was a member of the Pfeiffer University women's lacrosse team for three years (1998-01) as well and ended her career as the school's all-time leader in assists in a season, career points, career assists and was ranked second on the school's all-time list for career goals. A co-captain for the Lady Falcons, Gitelson was named Team Offensive MVP as a junior and finished second in the country in assists as a senior.

Gitelson graduated from Pfeiffer in 2001 with a double major in criminal justice and sociology and earned her master's degree in sociology with a criminal justice concentration in 2003 from Longwood.

Gitelson and her husband, Andy, have one daughter: Noa.


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