Liz Kittleman Jackson enters her third season as the head coach of
the Columbia women's lacrosse program after being named head coach in June 2010.
To cap the 2012 season, the Lions had three players
receive All-Ivy League recognition. Junior attacker Kacie Johnson was 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
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.