Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Rutgers University Women's Lacrosse
Hale Center - 1 Scarlet Knights Way Piscataway, NJ 08854
Division 1 New Jersey Northeast
Public Very Large Competitive team


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Melissa Lehman

Rutgers University Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs named Melissa Lehman as Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach on June 17, 2019. A New Jersey native who has served as associate head coach and assistant coach at Penn for the past 10 seasons and helped the Quakers to 10 NCAA Tournament berths and eight Ivy League titles, she becomes the seventh head coach in the program’s 43-year history.

“Melissa brings a record of experience and accomplishment that has positioned her to bring great success to our Scarlet Knight program,” said Hobbs. “Her reputation for developing student-athletes, both academically and athletically, is well known. With the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Academic Success Center rising, women’s lacrosse will have a best-in-class facility to cultivate recruits and advance the program. Melissa has the vision and enthusiasm necessary to realize the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the Scarlet Knights. We are very excited to welcome her into the Rutgers Athletics family.”

“I am beyond excited to join the Rutgers family as the women’s lacrosse head coach,” said Lehman. “I want to thank Pat Hobbs, Sarah Baumgartner, Kate Hickey and the entire search committee for believing in me and sharing in my vision for leading this program into the future. This is an exciting time for Rutgers Athletics, as the university continues to enhance the student-athlete experience with the new world-class facilities and holistic programming. I could feel the passion and support for this program as soon as I stepped on campus, and am eager to begin working alongside the talented coaches, administrators and staff across the department. On a personal level, I can’t wait to get back to my home state to start building this Big Ten program into a national competitor.

“I would also like to thank my mentor, Karin Corbett, for everything she has done for me in my time as both a player and coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Karin's guidance and the support from the entire Penn community have prepared me for this next step in my coaching career. I am the coach I am today because of them and am forever grateful.”

Working under the former National Coach of the Year, Lehman focused on the midfield and defense. During her tenure, 10 midfielders and defenders earned All-America honors, while combining for 25 All-Region selections. In addition, 35 Penn middies and defenders captured All-Ivy League accolades. She also managed the team’s mentor program, facilitating relationships between current players and alumnae.

Lehman was instrumental, both as a coach and player, in helping Penn make 13 consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, the fifth-longest streak in the nation. An All-America midfielder and two-time All-Ivy selection from 2005-08, she captained the Quakers' 2008 team that advanced to the NCAA national final. Penn won back-to-back Ivy titles in 2007 and 2008 and twice advanced to NCAA Championship Weekend.

In total, Lehman accumulated 11 Ivy League Championships and 14 NCAA Championship berths during her tenure in University City. She was named the IWLCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014.

A Newark Star-Ledger First Team All-State selection at Shore Regional High School, where she also starred in soccer and basketball, Lehman was a First Team All-American on the lacrosse field before attending Penn. After earning an economics degree in 2008, she spent the 2009 season as an assistant at Brown University before returning to her alma mater.

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Allyson Heavens

Allyson Heavens was hired as an assistant coach with Rutgers women's lacrosse on July 17, 2019. Heavens, who spent the last three seasons on staff at La Salle, played collegiately at Penn State, where she helped the Nittany Lions to an NCAA Final Four appearance as a senior captain in 2016.

“We’re excited to have Ally join us,” said head coach Melissa Lehman. “Her energy and passion for the game is something you notice right away, and she is excited to be a part of building a program. She competed in the Big Ten during her time at Penn State and was a big part of the success that program achieved, so we’re ecstatic to have her get started and bring her experience to Rutgers.”

Heavens served as an assistant coach at La Salle from 2017-19, where she worked as the defensive coordinator for the Explorers during the past three seasons. Three defenders were All-Atlantic 10 selections under Heavens’ mentorship, including 2019 all-rookie defender Amanda Farnsworth. Heavens also worked as the program’s social media and recruiting coordinator.

Prior to her arrival at La Salle, Heavens was a four-year letterwinner and standout defender at Penn State from 2013-16. As a senior captain in 2016, Heavens helped the Nittany Lions collect 14 victories en route to the program’s first trip to an NCAA semifinal since 1999. That season, Heavens started all 21 games on defense, collected 25 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers. Heavens also earned a Big Ten Championship in 2015 as a junior.

A native of Garnet Valley, Pa., Heavens graduated in 2016 from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology.

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Ana White

Ana White was named an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse program on Aug. 13, 2019. White, who spent the past five seasons on staff at Lafayette, played collegiately for the Leopards and was an all-conference student-athlete during her time in Easton.

“I am thrilled that Ana has decided to become part of the Scarlet Knight family,” said head coach Melissa Lehman. “Ana is such a smart and dedicated coach with a passion for personal and player development, and I am excited for our players to grow under her guidance. Her experience in recruiting will help us to identify and attract high caliber student-athletes with a desire to help build a nationally competitive program here at Rutgers.”

White served as an assistant at Lafayette from 2015-19, as six Leopards combined for 10 All-Patriot League honors during her time on the Leopard’s coaching staff. In 2017, Lafayette muscled 10 victories and an appearance in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

A native of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, White was a four-time All-Patriot League and a three-time all-region selection in the midfield during her playing career on College Hill. She was also the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year her junior season and Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2011.

White holds the Patriot League record for career caused turnovers (125) and is second all-time in conference history with 398 draw controls. White also received the Charles L. Albert 1908 Award as the best female student-athlete at the University in 2014.

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