Denise Roessler concludes her 16th season as head coach of the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team in 2014 and stands as the longest tenured coach in the program's history.
In 16 years with Saint Joseph's, Roessler has compiled an 89-158 record, highlighted by two Atlantic 10 Tournament appearances and the A-10 Coach of the Year award in 2009.
In 2014, Roessler coached four Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections and the program’s first IWLCA Division I South Team selection in recent history. Additionally under Roessler’s direction, the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team earned its fifth consecutive Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in 2014.
In 2013, Roessler coached the Hawks to their highest total of overall wins (8) and A-10 wins (3) since 2009 en route to coaching five All-Conference selections.
Roessler's position at SJU was upgraded to full-time status in 2006 and within three years of that move, she guided the Hawks to the 2009 A-10 Championship game. It marked Saint Joseph's second A-10 Tournament appearance, with the first one coming under Roessler in 2001.
Roessler led the Hawks to the school's most successful season in 2009 with the program's first appearance in a championship final. The Hawks fell just short of the A-10 title as they were edged by Massachusetts, 15-14, in the championship game but finished the A-10 regular-season with a program-best 5-2 record, tying for second place and posting an overall record of 10-8.
Since guiding Saint Joseph’s into A-10 play, Roessler has seen her student-athletes earn A-10 All-Conference honors 31 times and All-Academic recognition on 25 occasions.
Prior to arriving on Hawk Hill, Roessler served as the head women's lacrosse coach at La Salle University. She led the Explorers to a 5-9 overall record in their inaugural season of varsity competition in 1998.
Roessler came to SJU in the fall of 1998 and spent three years as an assistant field hockey coach in addition to her head coaching duties with the Hawks' lacrosse program.
Before joining the college coaching ranks, Roessler served as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity field hockey coach at Bishop Eustace Prep. In 1995, she led Bishop Eustace to an undefeated 10-0-2 record. In the spring of 1996, she joined the staff at her alma mater, Camden Catholic ('91), as a volunteer assistant lacrosse coach.
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.
A native of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Roessler was a First Team All-Conference and All-Parochial selection in lacrosse as a senior at Camden Catholic.
Roessler was a member of the selection committee for the United States team that competed in the World Cup this past summer. She currently resides in Marlton, N.J., with her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Jordan.