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2005 Women's Lacrosse Season > Liz Brode-Ota

Liz Brode-Ota

Bio: Following a successful 2005 inaugural campaign, Liz Ota, 1995 Lehigh grad, enters her second year as head coach of the womens lacrosse program. Last season Ota led the Mountain Hawks to more overall wins, home wins and goals scored than the previous year. Among Patriot League competitors, Lehigh led in assists, points per game, ground balls per game and draw controls per game (16th nationally), and ranked second in goals scored, assists, ground balls and shots.

Ota and the Mountain Hawks also qualified for the Patriot League Tournament, following three consecutive victories at the close of the regular season. Team achievement was accompanied by individual merit as three of Otas players Amy Chamberlain (current player), Barrie Cominsky and Sarah Starsoneck, were named as 2005 All-Patriot League selections. Cominsky then went onto be named the 2005 Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year, which exemplifies the type of student-athletes Lehigh prides itself on.

Before her return to Lehigh, Ota spent several years working part-time at the Springside School in suburban Philadelphia while attending Temple Law School. At Springside, she served in a number of capacities administratively, including a guidance counselor, Athletics Director and Director of Admissions. In addition, Ota served as the schools head womens lacrosse coach and assistant field hockey coach for three years.

During her playing days at Lehigh, Liz Brode earned national acclaim, leading her team in both field hockey and lacrosse. She was named as a two-time second team All-American by lacrosse coaches, and was the Patriot Leagues Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1995. Ota also finished third in the nation in goals scored as a junior midfielder.

Ota ranks second on the Lehigh all-time scoring list with 222 points and third all-time in goals scored with 166. In field hockey, Ota registered 19 points as a senior and was a two-time captain. Otas individual play also helped lead the Brown and White to a pair of Patriot League championships. The lacrosse team (spring 1994) and the field hockey team (fall 1994) each captured their first league title while she was playing here.

My experience here as a player will definitely help me relate to the team, and its important that players be able to relate to their coach, she says. I was here when the program was very successful, and I know what it takes to get there. I think I have a good idea how to get us there again.

Ota earned her bachelors in English from Lehigh in 1995. She recently completed her J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, and resides in Blue Bell, Pa, with her husband Kenji and two children: Madeline (3) and Charley (1).

Why I coach: I am passionate about the sport and especially this program. I had an incredibly positive experience here as a student-athlete playing both field hockey and lacrosse here and I want the current student-athletes to enjoy that same type of experience. I love working with women athletes who share the same priorities that I had in college which were academics and athletics.

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Coach History/Record

Year Job Title Wins Loss Ties
2005Head Coach7100

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