WHEELING, W.Va. – One of the top programs of its sport within the Mountain East Conference, the Cardinals will have only its second head coach in program history. Wheeling Jesuit announces Jennifer Pawlowski as its new head women's lacrosse coach.
After being the interim head coach at her alma mater Edinboro University last season, Pawlowski takes her vision and leadership to the MEC ranks to lead the Cardinals women's lacrosse squad.
"I am thrilled to become the next head coach for the women's Lacrosse program at Wheeling Jesuit University. This program has seen great successes in its short history so far, and I look forward to building upon this for the future of the program," said Pawlowski. "I would like to thank Rudy Yovich, and the search committee, for this opportunity to join the Cardinals team."
Pawlowski aims to help the Cardinals continue the program's growth, which included three-straight MEC Tournament appearances, the 2017 MEC Regular Season and Tournament Titles, the 2016 MEC Regular Season title and Tournament runner-up finish. Over the last three years, WJU posted a 28-23 overall record with two double-digit win campaigns and a six-year program best 12-6 record in the 2016 season.
"The search committee was very impressed with Coach Pawlowski's overall passion for the sport of women's lacrosse, her knowledge and attention to detail and how her core values fit the mission of Wheeling Jesuit University," pointed out Yovich, Cardinals Director of Athletics. "The student-athletes that met with her were also impressed by her energy and enthusiasm and are looking forward to beginning the new year under her leadership."
Serving at the Edinboro interim coach this past season, the new WJU coach started the 2018 campaign with an 11-8 victory over the Cardinals in Edinboro. Before returning to her alma mater, Pawlowski served as the assistant women's lacrosse coach for Shippensburg for the 2016-17 academic year. While with Shippensburg, Pawlowski helped coach three All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference players.
Before turning to the collegiate coaching field, the new WJU coach directed the younger teams of Lanco Elite Lacrosse Club and Xtreme Lacrosse Club, both in Lancaster, Pa., as well as, the Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club. Starting her coaching career, Pawlowski was the head junior varsity girls' lacrosse coach for Peters Township School District for the 2015 season.
A NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach was a Sports Performance Coach for Power Train Sports & Fitness in Carlisle, Pa. from August of 2016 to January of this year. She also has worked in the same capacity for the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Twp., Pa.
The Pittsburgh, Pa., native graduated from Edinboro University in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education – human performance and a minor in athletic coaching. She held a 3.62 GPA and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
On the lacrosse field for the Fighting Scots (2011-14), Pawlowski was a four-year Edinboro and PSAC Scholar-Athlete and two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll recipient. Jenny played 59 career games as a midfielder where she totaled 47 goals and won 95 draw controls. Her top season was as a senior where she started all 16 matches and finished with 24 goals after finding the net 17 times as a junior.
Jenny completed her master's of science in sport management – intercollegiate athletic administration from California University of Pennsylvania this year with a 4.0 GPA in her coursework.
Earlier this year, Jenny (Wirth) had another big event as she married her fiance, Joshua Pawlowski.