NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s lacrosse program has added two members to its staff, as Jill Boffa joins the team as an assistant coach and Melissa Schweitzer joins the team as a volunteer assistant. Combined with Tanya Kotowicz, who joined the staff last fall, the newly hired duo completes the staff under Anne Phillips, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse, as she enters her fifth season with the Bulldogs.
Like Kotowicz, Boffa brings head coaching experience to her new role. She has earned three coach of the year honors. From 1998 to 2003 she was the head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach at Colby-Sawyer, earning CCC coach of the year honors for lacrosse in 2003. Boffa then spent two seasons as the head lacrosse coach at Manhattan, helping the Jaspers win the MAAC championship and advance to the NCAA play-in game in 2004. She earned MAAC coach of the year that season. Boffa was also the head coach at Kenyon College in 2006 and 2007, earning NCAC Coach of the Year honors in her final season there. She has been an official with the Connecticut Women’s Lacrosse Official Association since 2008.
Prior to coaching at Kenyon, Boffa was an assistant soccer coach at Oberlin from 2004 to 2005. She also served as acting head lacrosse coach for American International College in 1998. She was a volunteer assistant at Davidson in 1996, and also has served as an assistant track coach at two high schools (Hastings High in Ohio and Longmeadow High in Massachusetts).
Boffa was an honorable mention all-region selection in 1993, when she played at Wittenberg. She earned her B.A. in history that year, then earned a Master of Education in physical education from Springfield College in 1998.
Schweitzer played for Temple from 2008 through 2012, earning third team All-Philadelphia Division I honors in 2012. She was an A-10 All-Rookie Honors Team selection in 2009.
Schweitzer just received her B.S. in kinesiology from Temple, where she was a three-time A-10 all-academic team selection and a two-time IWLCA academic honor roll pick. She was a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team honoree in 2011. She was also on the President’s honor roll from the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2012, and won a pair of awards in kinesiology -- the Aggie Stegmuller Award and the Nate and Eva Garfinkel Award.
Schweitzer has been active as a club coach with Phantastix since 2010, and also served as a coach at OJR Lacrosse Academy in 2012 and coached summer camp at Berks County Lacrosse Club in 2008. She has extensive volunteer experience, including work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Special Olympics, the Philly 6 Run, the ALS Walk, and the American Red Cross.