Emerson College's new Women's Lacrosse Head Coach, Jessie Koffman, recently spent time coaching in international Women's Lacrosse, gaining valuable experience to bring back to the United States. Koffman spent two weeks over the summer helping to coach the U-19 Israeli Women's Lacrosse Team. Of the eight games the team took part in, the opponents included Norway, Austria, Turkey, and Germany.
Koffman faced new challenges coaching on the international level. She coached seven American athletes and eight Israeli athletes. Some of the athletes only spoke Hebrew, making communication difficult between coach and athletes. Koffman relished the challenge and noted they "started to understand each other and could communicate in different ways other than language."
She also noted the different rules of the international game. With small tweaks in rules, it caused her and the coaching staff to be creative in strategy and look for new ways to be successful on the field. Koffman's adaptability to the different rules and new strategies are important things she can bring to Emerson College.
Jessie loved how passionate the players of the Israeli national team were about the sport of Lacrosse. She noted how all of the athletes showed love for the sport and came eager to learn and better themselves each day. The love she saw in the athletes was something she saw in herself as a younger player and she hopes to bring the same passion and love for the sport to the Emerson Lions team and community.
Koffman has begun her work for the Lions and is excited to get on the field and start working with the players as soon as possible.