DATE: August 6, 2018
CONTACT: Bob Shreve, SID
LEIGHANN STAUFFER NAMED WOMEN’S LACROSSE HEAD COACH
EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University Interim Director of Athletics Katherine Robbins today announced the appointment of LeighAnn Stauffer as the women’s lacrosse head coach. Stauffer replaces interim head coach Jenny Wirth.
“We’re very pleased that LeighAnn is taking over the women’s lacrosse program,” related Robbins. “She has been a valuable asset as a graduate assistant, and was looked upon very positively by people involved with the program. While she is a young coach, she is an excellent leader and possesses all the qualities required for a successful coach. As a staff, we are committed to assist her so we can ensure our women’s lacrosse student-athletes a positive experience.”
Stauffer has served as a graduate assistant coach at Edinboro the last year. She began working with Caitlin Formato until Formato resigned in January to accept an assistant’s position at Canisius.
She has worked in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. as coach of the Rochester Hustle Elite Lacrosse Club and as an official for the Rochester Board of Women’s Lacrosse Officials.
“I am very excited and appreciative for this opportunity,” Stauffer commented. “Edinboro is a great place filled with amazing people that only come around in your life once in a while, and I am very thankful to be a part of this community. This program has the potential to be very successful on and off the field. These young women work very hard day in and day out and I am happy that I can continue to be a part of that. I think this transition for them is easier because they know me and they know what I expect from them. They have been through a lot of changes and I am hoping to get them to a comfortable place so we can make things happen this year.”
Stauffer played for St. Bonaventure from 2013-17. She was a two-time second team All-Atlantic 10 honoree, earning the honor in 2014 and 2015. She received the letterman award as the Best Senior Female Athlete at St. Bonaventure. A midfielder, she ranks in the top twenty in career scoring at St. Bonaventure with 95 goals and 20 assists for 115 points.
As a freshman in 2013, Stauffer appeared in 16 matches, totaling 11 goals and 4 assists for 15 points. She led the Bonnies in goals and finished as the second-leading scorer in 2014, finishing with 32 goals and an assist for 33 points in 14 matches. She would earn second team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a sophomore, and matched that as a junior.
Stauffer finished with a team-high 30 goals in 2015, adding 6 assists for 36 points. She would appear in just four matches as a senior in 2016 due to an injury, totaling 6 goals and an assist. She would return in 2017 to play in nine contests, contributing 16 goals and 8 assists for 24 points, good for fourth on the team.
Stauffer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from St. Bonaventure in May 2017, with a minor in Criminology. She is currently completing work on her Master’s Degree in Psychology at Edinboro. As a prepster, she was a first team All-Monroe County both her senior and junior years at Rush Henrietta High School.
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