Allegheny College

Allegheny College Athletics
520 N. Main St. Meadville, PA 16335
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small Developing team


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Patty Pehnke

Patty Pehnke was introduced as the Allegheny women’s lacrosse head coach following a national search in August 2021.

Pehnke arrives in Meadville with a decade of playing and coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level, most recently spending the last two years as an assistant at Rochester (N.Y.). At UR, Pehnke assisted in all aspects of the Yellowjackets program and served as the team’s offensive coordinator, while also coaching goalies and draw specialists. During her time in New York, UR posted three All-Liberty League performers, an all-region player and three Liberty League weekly award winners.

“I am thrilled we were able to attract Patty, given her breadth of experience at high-level liberal arts colleges,” said Ross. “She has a proven track record of success and knows what a championship caliber program looks like.”

Prior to arriving at UR, Pehnke spent one season as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Albright (Pa.), where she was the defensive coordinator and goalie coach in a year when the team set a program record with 12 wins, and also saw four players earn all-conference honors. From 2016-18 Pehnke served as a graduate assistant at McDaniel (Md.), where she also served as defensive coordinator and goalie coach, while helping mentor four All-Centennial Conference selections and the CC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She broke into coaching as an assistant at Alma (Mich.) in 2015-16.

“I am proud and honored to become the next Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach at Allegheny College and would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to Bill Ross, Mandy Prusia, and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity.

A big thank you to all of those that have supported me and have mentored me in the last six years as I prepare to take this next step in my career. I look forward to arriving on campus and start working diligently with the team to elevate every aspect of the program as the women’s lacrosse program strives to new successes in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).”

A four-year member of the women’s lacrosse program at Catholic (D.C.), Pehnke earned all-region honors as a senior in 2015 and was chosen to play in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) North-South All-Star game. She earned a pair of All-Landmark Conference honors as a student-athlete and helped the Cardinals win three conference titles and earn three trips to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

Pehnke holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Catholic and earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology from McDaniel. She is very involved in the IWLCA, regularly attending the organization’s convention, hosting professional development seminars, serving as a national poll voter and chairing the IWLCA’s Clinic Planning Committee.

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Eliza Ryan

Ryan comes to Meadville after a playing career at Tusculum University. In addition to her playing experience, Ryan has worked at numerous women’s lacrosse clinics for several years, including the Old Bridge Girl’s Lacrosse Clinic, Seymore Girl’s Lacrosse Clinic and the Science Hills Girl’s Lacrosse Clinic. Ryan also served as an intern for the Tusculum Media Relations Department, where she assisted with gameday operations and social media, as well as for Gameday Tailgate Expereince, helping with social media, sales and promotions.

A graduate of Tusculum, Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with minors in psychology and coaching and a master’s in sports administration

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