Gina Oliver - Head Coach
Gina Oliver, a first team All-American and two-time FIL World Cup gold medalist in her playing days, has raised the bar over her first two seasons as lacrosse coach at the University of Cincinnati, completing the most successful consecutive seasons in program history.
In 2014, Oliver coached the Bearcats to six victories, including a program record five-game winning streak that saw the team receive votes in the Brine/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time ever. Five different Bearcats earned weekly honors from the BIG EAST Conference during the season, including Bell as Offensive Player of the Week and goalie Meg Gulmi as Defensive Player of the Week. Since then, the bearcats have had four Big East All Americans and 1 regional national all American, a first in bearcat history!
Her debut season in Cincinnati saw the 2013 Bearcats match the program record with seven wins, highlighted by the school's first-ever BIG EAST victory over Rutgers to cap the season. Bell led the team in scoring, while Gulmi started every game as a rookie and averaged a league-best 8.88 saves per game. Last season (2017) marked the first Big East Wins in program history with 2 wins over Butler University & Vanderbilt University.
Shannon Witzel - Assistant Coach
Shannon Witzel is in her sixth season as assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati, helping the lacrosse program to the best consecutive seasons in school history.
Prior to coming to UC, Witzel spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at LaSalle, where she helped the Explorers to a 10-6 mark and set the program record for wins in a season. Witzel was also on the staff at LaSalle in 2009, before spending two years as a development assistant at her alma mater, Towson.
Witzel's first coaching job was as a volunteer assistant for the Tigers, where she worked primarily with midfielders and defenders. That season, Towson won their conference title while earning a top-20 national ranking and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Jenna Petrucelli - Assistant Coach
The 2018 season will mark the first for Jenna Petrucelli as an assistant coach with Bearcats lacrosse. Hired in the summer of 2017, Petrucelli (pet-truh-sell-ee) comes to UC following coaching stints at Bucknell and Rosemont College, brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience to the program. With the Bearcats, she will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator and work along side Shannon Witzel to assist Oliver in pushing the program to reach its goals.
Prior to her arrival in Cincinnati, Petrucelli spent two years at Bucknell where she served in several capacities as an assistant coach. Along with serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator, her on-field duties saw her guide the team as the offensive coordinator while also taking on the duties of midfield/draw control coordinator. In her two years with the Bison, she helped turned the team’s offense around and, in turn, improve its overall record as Bucknell rose from a 2-15 record to 10-8 in her first year.
Offensively, her Bison ranked among the best in the Patriot League in numerous categories as they led the way in goals per game, assists per game and points per game. Bucknell also scored a program-record 221 goals in one season while reaching the Patriot League Tournament both years, the first two appearances in the previous seven seasons. Her players also were among the best in draw controls in both the nation and the Patriot League as the Bison ranked first in 2016 and second in 2017. One of her players individuall ranked as high as eighth nationally in draw controls in 20016 before climbing as high as 16th one year later.