University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Athletics
Richard E. Lindner Ctr 2751 O'Varsity Way Cincinnati, OH 45221
Division 1 Ohio Midwest
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Gina Oliver

Gina Oliver, a first team All-American and two-time FIL World Cup gold medalist in her playing days, continues to use that pedigree to build the University of Cincinnati lacrosse program as she enters her sixth season as head coach.


UC increased its win total in 2017 and had Monica Borzillo and Amanda Donovan named Second-Team All-BIG EAST Conference. Borzillo finished the season with 39 goals, a school-record 34 assists and 73 total points, leading the team in all categories, and ranking fourth in the BIG EAST with 2.00 assists per game. was second on the team with 33 points off 25 goals and seven assists while also ranking first in caused turnovers (28), fourth in ground balls (33) and fourth in draw controls (26).


The 2016 season saw the Bearcats double their win total from a season ago, while defender Kyara Byner became the first player in program history to earn first team All-BIG EAST honors, as well as All-Region honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

The 2015 campaign saw a UC player earn postseason honors from the BIG EAST Conference for the first time in program history. Courtney Curtis was named second team All-BIG EAST after leading the team in goals at 37.


In 2014, Oliver coached the Bearcats to six victories, including a program record five-game winning streak that saw the team receive votes in the Brine/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time ever. This was after losing the team's top scorer, Megan Bell, to injury in just the seventh game of the year. Five different Bearcats earned weekly honor from the BIG EAST Conference during the season, including Bell as Offensive Player of the Week and goalie Meg Gulmi as Defensive Player of the Week.


Her debut season in Cincinnati saw the 2013 Bearcats match the program record with seven wins, highlighted by the school's first-ever BIG EAST victory over Rutgers to cap the season. Bell led the team in scoring, while Gulmi started every game as a rookie and averaged a league-best 8.88 saves per game. The win totals in `13 and `14 marked the best consecutive seasons in program history.


Oliver spent the previous five seasons at Duquesne (2008-2012) as the Dukes' defensive coordinator, where she produced a 2012 Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. During her time at Duquesne, Oliver coached six IWLCA All-Region players, 21 all-conference honorees, 13 members of the A-10 All-Rookie Team and 12 student-athletes who won academic all-conference accolades.


A 2005 graduate of Ohio State, Oliver spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons on the Buckeyes staff, working under OSU head coach Sue Stimmel. While in Columbus, Oliver served as co-director of the Ohio State Women's Lacrosse Camp, while also assisting with recruiting, budgeting and scholarship duties, as well as travel and team practice planning.


Oliver was one of 18 players on the U.S. Women's National Team that won gold at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in 2013. Playing as a defender at the World Cup, Oliver recorded 10 ground balls and caused seven turnovers. The highlight came as she was named the player of the game in Team USA's 21-8 semifinal win over England after causing three turnovers and picking-up four ground balls. It was the second FIL World Cup gold for Oliver, who also won the World Cup in June 2009 and was named to the All-World Team, which is awarded to the best 12 players in the world.


A standout midfielder at Ohio State (2002-05), Oliver was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes and earned All-America honors three times. During her career, she collected All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (second team in 2003 and third team in 2004), WomensLacrosse.com (first team in 2003 and third team in 2005) and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse (first team in 2003). She was the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year in 2003 as Ohio State won the American Lacrosse Conference Championship and the league's rookie of the year in 2002. Oliver was also a four-time, First-Team All-ALC selection.


The Pottstown, Pennsylvania, native is OSU's career leader in ground balls (236) and caused turnovers (201) and is second in draw controls (121). She is third in career points with 166 while ranking second in goals (125) and sixth in assists (41).


Oliver earned her bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State in 2005.

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Shannon Witzel

Shannon Witzel has completed three seasons as assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati, helping the lacrosse program to the best consecutive seasons in school history.

In 2015, Witzel helped coach the program's first ever all-conference selection. Courtney Curtis earned second team All-BIG EAST honors after leading the team in goals at 39. The Bearcats posted the longest winning streak in program history during the 2014 season, while the 2013 and `14 win totals marked the best back-to-back seasons in school history.


Prior to coming to UC, Witzel spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at LaSalle, where she helped the Explorers to a 10-6 mark and set the program record for wins in a season. Witzel also was on the staff at LaSalle in 2009, before spending two years as a development assistant at her alma mater, Towson.


Witzel's first coaching job was as a volunteer assistant for the Tigers, where she worked primarily with midfielders and defenders. That season, Towson won their conference title while earning a top-20 national ranking and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


As a player at Towson, Witzel was a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Conference honoree and earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team. At points in her career, Witzel led the nation in goals per game and the Colonial in scoring.


She left her name in the record books at Towson, finishing with 208 career goals, tied for most in program history. She was fourth with 255 career points and her 71 goals as a sophomore marked a single-season school record. To cap her career, Witzel was named Towson's Female Athlete of the Year following her senior campaign.


A native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Witzel attended Pottstown High School, the same high school as head coach Gina Oliver. She graduated from Towson in 2007 with a degree in sports psychology.

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Caitlin Prince

Gina Oliver, head coach of the University of Cincinnati lacrosse program, has announced the hiring of Caitlin Prince as an assistant coach for the Bearcats on August 23, 2018. Prince, a former standout student-athlete at Duquesne, comes to Cincinnati after serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater the past two years.


“I am blessed and thankful to join Gina, Shannon Witzel and the entire UC staff,” Prince said. “I am eager for the opportunity to grow and compete as the program starts a new era joining the American Athletic Conference.”


“I can’t describe how excited I am to have Prince join our program,” Oliver said of the newest member of her coaching staff. “Having known her for years and having coached her, she has the drive and work ethic to help take us to that next level. It means a lot to me to be back working with her. She’s the perfect fit to help us continue to build our culture, recruit great people and players, and WIN here at UC!”


Prince, who earned degrees in sociology and communications from DU in 2014, served as the assistant coach for the Dukes in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Prior to that, she served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Robert Morris, fulfilling those rolls for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.


As a player for the Dukes, Prince put together a solid career that included scoring a single-season record 62 goals during the 2012 season. The third-leading scorer in program history with 162 goals to her credit, Prince also earned several accolades from the Atlantic-10 Conference, including being selected to the all-conference first team in both 2012 and 2014 while also being named to the all-freshman squad following her 2011 season. The 2012 season also saw her earn Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) All-West/Midwest Region Second Team accolades while also earning A-10 Academic All-Conference honors.


A native of Sykesville, Md., Prince will now be a member of the same program as Oliver for the second time and the first as a coach. The first instance came in 2011 and 12, Prince’s first two seasons as a player with the Dukes, which also were the final two years Oliver spent as an assistant coach at DU before taking the reigns of the UC program in time for the 2013 campaign.

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