WHITTIER, Calif. – Former Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach Sylvia Queener has accepted the Women's Lacrosse Head Coaching position for the Whittier College Poets.
Queener lands her first Head Coaching job in the SCIAC where she most recently completed her third season as the assistant coach at Pomona-Pitzer under Head Coach and older sister Sarah Queener. She helped lead the 2016 team to a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and a NCAA sweet sixteen finish. In her three years with the Sagehens, the teams were three-time regular season champions, two-time SCIAC champions, while making the NCAA Championships three times.
"I feel incredibly fortunate that I was able to coach alongside my sister for three years", said Sarah Queener. "It has been a pleasure to watch Sylvia grow and mature as a lacrosse coach every season. Sylvia made a significant impact on our lacrosse program and I'm thrilled that she's been handed the reigns to her own team. I'd like to thank her for being the best assistant and sister I've ever had. While I'm saddened that Sylvia won't be coaching alongside me anymore, I look forward to some excellent rivalry games in the future."
The Queener family is deeply rooted in the sport of lacrosse as every family member is currently coaching a team at a highly competitive level. Harry Queener is currently the boys coach at Penn Yan Academy while Patricia Queener is the girls coach. Brice Queener is currently the Head Coach for the women's lacrosse team at Rhodes College, Sarah Queener is the Head Coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Brett Queener is currently the boys Head Coach of Naples High School in Florida.
Queener graduated magna cum laude from Limestone College, with a BA in theatre, and ended her lacrosse career as the Conference Carolinas Co-Player of the year, received All-American honors, and competed for a national championship. She also received the Conference Carolinas Spring Scholar Athlete Award for Women's Lacrosse. Queener also played at Monroe Community College and received All-American honors, and still holds the school record for most goals in a game (9). In high school, Queener was coached by both her mother and father, was a two-time All-American, and won a New York State Class B Championship.
"Firstly, I want to thank Lesley Irvine for her support, guidance, and fueling my passion to become a head coach. I would also like to thank my sister, Sarah Queener, for mentoring me the past three years", said Sylvia Queener. "Together, we shared unforgettable, marvelous memories. Working with Pomona-Pitzer Athletics and having the opportunity to coach with my sister was such a beautiful experience; the new heights the women's lacrosse program achieved in three seasons fills me with pride and happiness, and the hard work of both us coaches and our players have a special place in my heart. At Whittier College, I now look forward to building a successful women's lacrosse program, continuing to grow the game, and helping SCIAC lacrosse gain national recognition. Lastly, I am excited to be on the same sideline as the other Coach Queener, just on different sides (but working toward the same goal)."