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 honor 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 two Big East All Americans, 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.
Shannon Witzel - Assistant Coach
Shannon Witzel is in her fifth 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.
Natalie Lang - Assistant Coach
Natalie Lang is in her third season at her alma mater as an assistant lacrosse coach.
Lang, a Cincinnati native, played for the Bearcats from 2008-11 and was a member of the inaugural lacrosse team at UC. She remains one of the program's all-time leaders in career ground balls (72) draw controls (46) and caused turnovers (28). She is also one of just five Bearcats to make 50 career starts. As a midfielder, she had her most prolific offensive season as a junior in 2010, registering 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists), while also picking-up 33 ground balls (second on the team).
Lang was a three-time team captain at UC. As a freshman, she scored twice in the program's first-ever win over Saint Mary's (Calif.) and also recorded the first assist in program history during the inaugural game versus Vanderbilt.