Millersville University has hired Cindy Wilson as its new women’s lacrosse coach, replacing Mia Hall, who resigned in July.
“I have been really confident in this whole process that the athletic department would find the best possible candidate for our program, and they absolutely did,” said senior attacker Jovonna Jewell, a Warwick graduate.
Wilson arrives at Millersville as a two-time Landmark Conference Coach of the Year at the University of Scranton. Over a six-season span, her teams recorded a 55-46 overall mark and made three straight conference championship appearances.
She also had been an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College for three seasons.
“Millersville has a great foundation, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build on that,” Wilson said.
She is hoping to bring her winning ways to a program that has seen growth in recent seasons. Millersville has gone 29-25 over the last three years.
The Marauders were 10-7 last year, and finished just shy of a PSAC playoff berth. They have qualified for the conference tournament just once since 2002.
“We redefined what it means to be a Millersville women’s lacrosse player and we are excited to have a new leader come in and continue to build on our foundation,” Jewell said.
Wilson has gotten the feel of a strong, welcoming community as she begins her new role at Millersville, which she calls “a great institution all the way around.”
Jewell said she and her teammates are excited to Wilson’s arrival, and feel that the new coach will bring great energy and a championship winning mentality to the program.
“You can have a lot of talent, but you have to have that chemistry,” Wilson said. “That trust between each other throughout the team is a big contributor to any successful team.”
Jewell said Wilson’s hiring represents a big change for the program. She admitted that as a senior, it was “a little nerve-wracking at first,” but she is always excited to receive fresh input on ways to grow the program and make it successful.
“She is very knowledgeable of the game and has had so much success and experience as a head coach that we will really benefit from,” Jewell said.
Jewell said she and her teammates are confident in what next season has in store for the program, and she has faith that the team will do well adapting to all the changes.
“We need to embrace the resilient attitude,” Jewell said, “and I think we will have a great season.”
Wilson said the biggest piece to having a winning program is to have solid relationships with her athletes. She added that building that trust and understanding between each other is key to building a yearly playoff contender in the PSAC.
“I’m just excited to get started and have this opportunity,” Wilson said. “I’m excited to get going and it’s an exciting time to be a part of Millersville lacrosse.”