In June 2008, Shenandoah University moved into a new era with its women's lacrosse program with the hiring of Lindsey (West) Lutz as head coach.
Lutz came to SU after spending two seasons as the graduate assistant women's lacrosse coach at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. The Davidsonville, Md. native helped the Bearcats to 14 wins in 2007 and 2008 as the school made its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III.
Lutz, who is fourth women's lacrosse coach in Shenandoah history but the first to concentrate solely on lacrosse, replaced Lois Bowers at the helm of the Hornets.
A 2006 graduate of former USA South Conference foe Methodist University, Lutz was a standout player for the Lady Monarchs. She left the Fayetteville, N.C. school as the squad's all-time leading scorer, was a three-time All-USA South Conference selection and earned 2006 USA South Conference Player of the Year honors.
She still holds Methodist records for goals, assists, and points in a game.
In May 2012, it was announced that Lutz has been selected for induction into the Methodist University Hall of Fame. She was formally inducted into the Hall in November 2012.
After graduating in 2006 with a Physical Education/Teacher Licensure degree, Lutz moved on to St. Vincent to pursue her graduate degree in Education. She graduated with that degree in August 2008.
In her first season at the helm of the Hornets, Lutz led SU to a fourth-place finish in the league and a spot in the USA South Tournament semi-finals for the first time in three years. In 2010, she piloted her squad to seven regular season wins and a school-record-tying third place finish in the USA South. Following the regular season, Lutz was named as the league's Coach of the Year.
Lutz is the first SU women's lacrosse coach to earn this honor.
As part of her secondary duties, Lutz is the department's advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Under her direction in 2009-10, the SU SAAC raised the most money in both of the USA South Conference community service initiatives. This is the first time ever that the department 'won' both of the initiatives.
Lutz and her husband, Jason, were married in August 2011. They reside in Frederick County and are parents of a girl, Elyse Catherine, and a boy, Owen William.
*Until the 2013 season, Shenandoah University was a member of the USA South Conference. In 2013, SU joined the ODAC.