Nicole DeSalvia joins the Pacers in her second year with WPU and began her first year with an organized team at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Prior to joining WPU, DeSalvia was the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at Methodist University. During her time at the neighboring USA South school, DeSalvia handled recruiting responsibilities, oversaw student athlete academic progress, and was the Defensive and Goalie Coordinator.
DeSalvia also served as an Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach for the Athletic Club of the Sandhills in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In this role, DeSalvia strengthened her skills in conducting try-outs, practice plans, fitness circuits, defensive schemes, camps and tournaments. DeSalvia has a background in coaching as well as teaching on a variety of levels that range from elementary to collegiate levels.
With more than 10 years of experience in lacrosse leadership roles, DeSalvia brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge to WPU athletics. A native of Syracuse, NY, DeSalvia grew up in a community where lacrosse was a way of life. "I have always had a special place in my heart for this game. It has brought me connections everywhere I go and really feels like a family. I also feel incredibly blessed to be able to have been introduced to this game in Upstate New York. It is truly this lands first game. It is unique in so many ways; many you can see just watching it. But if you dig deeper, it is unique in the way that this game came from the culture of the native people. The game has evolved in many ways and will continue to do so for many years. Because of my lacrosse experience, my coaching philosophy will always embody three key elements no matter the next change; a respect for the game and its history, honoring the unique opportunity we have to participate and compete in this sport, and a development a lifelong family," spoke DeSalvia.
DeSalvia graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S.Ed. in Physical Education and Concentration in Adapted Physical Education in 2012, and obtaining her M.S.Ed. in Physical Education and Coaching Pedagogy in 2015. During her time at SUNY Cortland, DeSalvia was a member of the Club Lacrosse team at the University, where she served as a Captain and Secretary from 2010 to 2012.