NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College has named Kim Eldridge as the head coach of its new women’s lacrosse team that is expected to make its debut in the 2017 season.
“I am honored and blessed to have become a part of the rich tradition and history of Westminster College,” Eldridge said. “I would especially like to thank Athletic Director Jim Dafler and President Kathy Richardson for this unique opportunity. After visiting campus and meeting all of the wonderful people of Westminster, I knew this was the right place for me and my family.”
Eldridge was previously the head girls’ lacrosse coach at Chartiers Valley High School where she led the team to a 14-4 record and advanced to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) finals and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state quarterfinals.
Prior to Chartiers, Eldridge was hired as Duquesne University’s first-ever head coach and held that position from 1997 through 2005. Eldridge, who had three Coach of the Year citations (1997 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC); 2000 & 2004 Atlantic 10 Conference), guided the Dukes to the Atlantic 10 Tournament six of seven years. During Eldridge’s tenure, Duquesne shared the 2004 and 2005 Atlantic 10 regular season championship titles and saw her team advance to the 2001, 2004, and 2005 A-10 championship games.
“I am very pleased that Kim Eldridge has accepted our offer to be the head coach of our women’s lacrosse program as the team prepares for its first-ever season in the spring of 2017,” said Dafler. “Kim brings a proven lacrosse coaching skill set and a leadership style that will be important in the development of our new program both on and off the field. The student-athletes she will coach will no doubt benefit from her experience and leadership. I believe Kim will be an excellent addition to the Westminster coaching staff.”
Eldridge also has collegiate coaching experience at Robert Morris University, Randolph Macon College, and a nationally-ranked James Madison University team. She also led Peters Township High School to two WPIAL championships. Additionally, Eldridge was the founder and director of the South Fayette Youth Lacrosse Program.
Eldridge, a1993 graduate of the College of William and Mary, was an All-South first team honoree and an All-Colonial Athletic Association pick as a senior. Eldridge also played in the North-South Senior All-Star game and was an All-South second team selection in 1992. Additionally, she played field hockey at William and Mary.
A native of Downingtown, Pa., she earned a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in athletic administration from James Madison.
“It is evident that the athletic department shares the values, ideals, and commitment to success that are the cornerstone of Westminster,” added Eldridge. “It is of utmost importance that the women’s lacrosse program reflects the mission of Westminster. My goal is to create a motivating subculture where young women feel empowered to reach their fullest potential in the classroom, community, and on the field. I look forward to establishing a foundation of tradition and pride and contributing to the Titan community.”