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April 21, 2010

2011-12 Season - Tisdale will lead women's lacrosse program

Sara Tisdale has been named the first varsity head coach in women’s lacrosse at Augustana, it was announced today. Tisdale, who has served as the head coach of the women’s club lacrosse team at Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan for the past two years, comes to Augustana with a wealth of experience.

“Augustana is extremely pleased to attract a dynamic head coach with Sara’s pedigree to lead our new women’s lacrosse program,” said Augustana Director of Athletics Mike Zapolski. “Sara’s previous experience as a coach, educator and former player will be of tremendous value as she is tasked with leading our start-up program.”

Besides serving as the head coach at Michigan State, she was also the women’s varsity lacrosse coach at Waverly High School in Lansing from 2006 through 2009. Prior to that, she spent four years (2002-06) as the assistant varsity coach at Waverly.

She has been a teacher of physical education and health at Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Michigan from August of 2006 until the present. She also served as the junior varsity volleyball coach at Grand Ledge for the past three seasons.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Augustana team and I am looking forward to building an outstanding women’s lacrosse program,” said Tisdale who was a first team all-state attack player at Waverly High School from 1999-01 and helped lead Waverly to a state titles in 2001. “Augustana has such a great tradition of success and the women’s lacrosse program will surely add to that.”

After her success as a player at Waverly, she went to Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan where she played from 2004-06.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education with a secondary emphasis from Central Michigan, graduating Cum Laude in 2006. She is currently working on pursuing her Master’s degree.

Tisdale has also been active as an official in women’s basketball and has been a regular in the Michigan intercollegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division III), the Wolverine/Hoosier Athletic Conference (NAIA) and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division II).

Women’s LaCrosse will be the 11th women’s varsity sport at Augustana and it will commence its varsity schedule in the spring of 2012. The approval to move the sport from club to varsity status came in November of 2009.

“We have strategically decided to push our formal start date back to the 2011-12 season, giving Sara adequate time to be actively engaged in the recruiting process,” said Zapolski.