Liz Kittleman Jackson enters her fourth season as the head coach of the Columbia women's lacrosse program after being named head coach in June 2010.
With Kittleman Jackson at the helm in 2013, Columbia continued to build a young team behind one of the top players in program history in Kacie Johnson .Johnson capped her phenomenal career in standout fashion as the program’s all-time leader in points completed her tally with 249 points. Her points total ranks fourth all-time in Ivy League history, surpassing former Ivy League Players of the Year Jacque Weitzel(248) and Lauren Holleran(243) of Dartmouth.
The big time attacker holds the Columbia career goals record with 161 and assits at 88. She finished this conference season leading the Ivy League in points (67) and goals (52). Johnson is without a doubt one of the best offense players in the history of Ancient Eight.
Three members of the Lions squad were named to All-Ivy League Teams following Kittleman Jackson's third season. For the second consecutive year, attacker Johnson was a first-team selection, becoming the first player in program history to receive the first-team honor twice. Sophomore Paige Cuscovitch’s gritty play earned a second team selection and senior Kelly Buechel capped her final season with an honorable mention nod.
To cap the 2012 season, the Lions had three players receive All-Ivy League recognition. As a junior Johnson was named a first-team selection, becoming the second player in program history to make the first team. She is the first player since Carrie Anderer '06CC in 2005 to receive the honor. Defender Amanda Goodhart joined on the second team and sophomore midfielder Paige Cuscovitch received an honorable mention nod.
In her first season at the helm, Liz led Lions to a 4-11 record including the program's first win over Yale in school history. Columbia used an eight-goal second half to power past Yale for its first Ivy League home win in program history. The teams were tied 2-2 at the break, but the Lions came out roaring in the second half to win behind 15 saves in goal from Karlee Blank and team-high four goals by Cuscovitch.
As an assistant coach at The University of Pennsylvania, Liz helped the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Championships and an appearance at the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship game in 2008.
Kittleman, an assistant at Penn for the previous four years, worked with both Penn's offense and defense while helping them advance to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinal round in 2007, NCAA final in 2008, and win four consecutive Ivy League titles during her tenure.
"Liz is a wonderful leader and teacher, with all of the qualities and competencies we looked for in Columbia's next head coach of lacrosse," Dr. M. Dianne Murphy said upon her hire. "She is a talented and energetic leader, with a wonderful knowledge of the game. We are thrilled to have her lead our program to the next level."
Prior to coaching at Penn, Liz served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Haverford College in 2005 and 2006, and managed the United States Women's Elite Lacrosse Team from January 2006 to October 2007. Liz also served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Stanford University from 2001-2004, helping the Cardinal to their first top-20 ranking in school history.
"I am so excited to serve as the next head women's lacrosse coach at Columbia University," Liz said. "I'm very grateful to Dr. [M. Dianne] Murphy for this outstanding opportunity. I look forward to the challenge of building an Ivy League Championship caliber team and am honored to lead a program at this world-renowned University."
A four-year letterwinner (1994-98) in lacrosse at Union College in New York, Liz earned first-team UCAA honors as a senior. She also competed on the women's soccer team for four years, captaining the team in 1997 and 1998, and was a member of the women's ice hockey team in 1995. While at Union, Liz earned her bachelor's degree in art history.
A native of Philadelphia, Liz currently resides with her wife, Caitlin Jackson, in Stamford, Connecticut.