LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head women’s lacrosse coach Randall Swope has announced the hiring of Taylor Pennell, a 2016 Rutgers University graduate and a two-year team captain of the Scarlet Knights’ women’s lacrosse team, as an assistant coach with the Bison.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work at Bucknell University,” said Pennell. “I believe working with Coach Swope and Coach [Jenna] Petrucelli will provide me great guidance and mentorship. I am looking forward to beginning my collegiate coaching career, and I am very fortunate to be a part of this community and the Bison women’s lacrosse program.” 

“I am thrilled to welcome Taylor to our coaching staff and the Bucknell women’s lacrosse family,” said Swope. “Taylor did an excellent job leading the defense at Rutgers, and her high energy level of play is very impressive. Taylor’s extraordinary work ethic combined with her passion for teaching are exactly what we need to keep moving our program forward. I am very excited for our players and program to have Taylor on board with us.”

Pennell graduated from Rutgers in May with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science and sport studies. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was named to All-Academic Teams in both the Big East and Big Ten during her collegiate career.

Pennell was a three-year starting defender for the Scarlet Knights, and she was elected team captain in both her junior and senior years. She started all 54 games over her final three seasons and played in 64 games with 55 starts in her career. Pennell was named the team’s Most Improved Player following her rookie season in 2013.

A native of New Egypt, New Jersey, Pennell was an Honorable Mention High School All-American at The Peddie School. She has coached at numerous camps and clinics in New Jersey, New York and Ohio, including recent stints as head coach with the DewLax Lacrosse Club in Edison, New Jersey, and assistant coach with Ultimate Lacrosse and National Women’s Lacrosse Camps.

During her final semester at Rutgers, Pennell interned with the Scarlet Knights’ athletics fundraising organization, the Varsity R Association. She was also a Student Philanthropy Ambassador with the Rutgers University TAG (Teaching About Annual Giving). In the spring of 2015, she interned with the Ivy League office in the areas of compliance, championships and communications.

Pennell joins a Bucknell team that was one of the most improved in the country in 2016. The Bison finished 10-8 after winning just twice the previous season, and they returned to the Patriot League Tournament after a seven-year postseason absence. Eight starters will return next season, including four of the team’s top five scorers.