Joanne Connelly begins this season with a year of BC experience under her belt.
Prior to joining the Eagles' staff, Connelly served as an assistant coach at Penn State from 2004 to 2006 and at Stanford University from 2002 to 2004. During her tenure at Penn State, the Nittany Lions went 26-22 and competed in the NCAA tournament in 2005. Stanford captured the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League title during Connelly's first season as assistant coach for the Cardinal.
As a player, Connelly joined the U.S. National Team in 1995 and competed in three World Cups over the next 10 years. She helped lead the team to the 1997 World Cup title in Japan and earned Player of the Match honors against Scotland. In the 2001 World Cup in England, Connelly's U.S. team captured the gold medal for a second time. In 2005, after her third World Cup, in which the U.S. earned a silver medal, Connelly was one of 12 players selected to the All-World Team following the tournament.
While attending Penn State, Connelly was a three-time All-America selection in lacrosse served as team captain in her senior season. She earned second-team All-America status in 1994 before capturing first-team honors in 1995 and 1996.
Connelly also played soccer at Penn State during its inaugural season and the two years following, serving as a team captain twice.
Connelly graduated from Penn State in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with a concentration in product realization. Originally from Fairfield, Conn., she attended the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and currently resides in West Newton, Mass.