Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Jen Newitt begins her second season on the Notre Dame women[apos]s lacrosse staff. She teams with Brooke Crawford to give the Irish one of the top young coaching staffs in the nation.
Newitt joined Tracy Coyne[apos]s coaching staff just months after finishing a highly successful playing career at Dartmouth College. A 2002 Intercollegiate Women[apos]s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/Brine All-American selection, Newitt led the Big Green in scoring in her final year (2002) with 39 goals and 18 assists for 57 points. The team[apos]s most valuable player on attack, the Radnor, Pa., native received the Patty Pierce Award, awarded to the player who contributed the most on and off the field for four years.
Newitt finished her Dartmouth career with 59 goals and 27 assists for 86 career points. A two-time North Regional All-American (2001, 2002), Newitt was a unanimous first-team all-Ivy League selection as both a junior and as a senior. The 2002 team captain, she helped lead the Big Green to three consecutive Ivy League titles from 1999-2001. During the 2002 season, Newitt was listed as an Ivy League player-of-the-year candidate as well as a Tewaarton Trophy national player-of-the-year candidate.
[quote]Jen did a great job in her first year at Notre Dame. She and Brooke (Crawford) really compliment each other very well,[quote] said Coyne.
[quote]She brings a great dimension to our staff because of the versatility she demonstrated as an athlete. She was a great player at Dartmouth and knows what it takes to play at the highest level. Being a Dartmouth graduate, she understands the demands on the student-athlete and can relate to our players,[quote] added Coyne.
A former member of the U.S. National Team[apos]s Developmental Squad, Newitt graduated from Dartmouth with a bachelor of arts degree in geography. She also served as a coach at the Dartmouth women[apos]s lacrosse camps for four years and was an assistant coach for the Radnor High School field hockey team in the fall of 2000 and 2001.
At Radnor High School, Newitt won the Congressional Scholar-Athlete Award and was a two-time All-American in lacrosse. During her career at Radnor, she captained the women[apos]s lacrosse, field hockey and basketball teams.
With the Irish, Newitt works with the offensive attack on an individual basis and as a group in games and practices. In 2003, the Notre Dame offense scored 190 goals for a 12.67 goals-per-game average, the third-highest total in the program[apos]s history.
In her first season at Notre Dame, Newitt saw several players receive postseason honors. Graduated senior Danielle Shearer was selected first-team all-BIG EAST, first-team all-Region and third-team All-American. Current senior Meredith Simon was a first-team all-BIG EAST selection and second-team all-Region choice. Senior midfielder Abby Owen was selected second-team all-BIG EAST and sophomore Crysti Foote became the first Notre Dame freshman to be named first-team all-Region for the Irish.