Denise Roessler

Denise Roessler

Denise Roessler is going into her fifth season as the head coach of the Bryn Athyn College women’s lacrosse program. She brings 17 years of Division I and international head coaching experience to the College.

In her first four seasons at Bryn Athyn, Roessler has posted 23 victories, sixteen against the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).

The Lions had their most successful season in the program’s five-year history in 2018. Bryn Athyn posted its second straight winning season with a 9-4 overall record and set the record for most wins in a single season. This performance earned the Lions a NEAC tournament berth, where they edged out Wells 17-10 in the first round and eventually lost to Morrisville St. in the semifinal. Bryn Athyn also had their best offensive season in program history with 156 goals, including a program-record 59 by Bri Lennox, who also led the team in total points with 67.

In the 2017 season, Gianna Ciacciarelli and Hannah Bracey were both named to the All-North Eastern Athletic Conference second team, the highest conference recognition earned by a Lion.

In the 2016 season, the Lions had a program-record four players earn All-NEAC recognition with Sabrina Colbridge, Emma Gross, Bianca Feliciano, and Anja Weisser being selected to the third team. Gross was Bryn Athyn’s first All-NEAC honoree with her selection to the All-NEAC third team in 2015.

Bryn Athyn has enjoyed success in the classroom as well Roessler’s student-athletes have earned NEAC Scholar-Athlete status for having a combined grade point average of 3.4 or higher for the academic year on 34 occasions, including a school-record eleven during the 2017-18 academic year. 

Before coming to Bryn Athyn, Roessler had a 16-year run as the head coach at Division I Saint Joseph’s University. During her time on Hawk Hill, Roessler led the Hawks to 89 victories and two Atlantic-10 Tournament appearances.

The Hawks enjoyed their most success under Roessler in the 2009 season. Saint Joseph’s won a then-school record 10 matches and reached the championship match of the A-10 Tournament. In the final, the Hawks were edged out by Massachusetts, 15-14. A program-record four Hawks, including A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Suzy Herlihy, were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association team. Roessler was tabbed the A-10 Coach of the Year.

Saint Joseph’s made its first A-10 Tournament in program history in 2001, Roessler’s third season at the helm. The Hawks won five matches that season. Bernadette Smith was tabbed the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year.

Roessler began her head coaching career in 1998 at Division I La Salle University. She led the Explorers to a 5-9 record in La Salle’s inaugural season.

Before becoming a collegiate coach, Roessler started out as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity field hockey coach at Bishop Eustace Prep. She led Bishop Eustace to an undefeated 10-0-2 record in 1995. She joined the staff of Camden Catholic, her alma mater, as a volunteer assistant lacrosse coach one year later.

During the summer of 2017, Roessler was an assistant coach for the German National Women’s Lacrosse Team for the Women's Lacrosse World Cup in England. Germany came in 14th place in the 25-team event.

A 1995 graduate of Old Dominion, where she earned a bachelor's of science degree in sports medicine, Roessler played women's lacrosse under Sue Stahl, who also served as the United States National Team head women's lacrosse coach from 1989-2005.

Denise Roessler's Coaching Record
Year School Record Pct.
1998 La Salle 5-9 .357
1999 Saint Joseph's 3-11 .214
2000 Saint Joseph's 7-8 .467
2001 Saint Joseph's 5-10 .333
2002 Saint Joseph's 3-10 .231
2003 Saint Joseph's 4-11 .267
2004 Saint Joseph's 8-6 .571
2005 Saint Joseph's 5-10 .333
2006 Saint Joseph's 5-11 .312
2007 Saint Joseph's 7-9 .438
2008 Saint Joseph's 7-9 .438
2009 Saint Joseph's 10-8 .556
2010 Saint Joseph's 2-14 .125
2011 Saint Joseph's 5-11 .312
2012 Saint Joseph's 5-11 .312
2013 Saint Joseph's 8-8 .500
2014 Saint Joseph's 5-11 .312
2015 Bryn Athyn 3-8 .273
2016 Bryn Athyn 4-8 .333
2017 Bryn Athyn 7-6 .538
2018 Bryn Athyn 9-4 .692
Bryn Athyn (4 years) 23-26 .469
Saint Joseph's (16 years) 89-158 .360
La Salle (1 year) 5-9 .357
Career Record 117-193 .377