FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart head women's lacrosse coach Laura Cook has announced the hiring of Emily Poelma as an assistant coach. Poelma has enjoyed success as a collegiate student-athlete over the last five years at both James Madison and Jacksonville University.
Most recently, Poelma spent 2018 as a graduate transfer at Jacksonville, appearing in 16 games and making 13 starts in goal for the Dolphins. She compiled a 12-3 record and ranked second in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 10.67 goals-against average, and was fifth with a .360 save percentage. She was named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week this past February 20 after recording a season-high 13 saves against No. 15 Notre Dame. She earned her MBA from Jacksonville in June 2018 with a concentration in marketing.
At James Madison, she was a four-year member of the Dukes' women's lacrosse team, starting in all 21 games as senior captain in 2017 while compiling a 14-7 record. She ended the season with a .462 save percentage and had 10 games with a save percentage at or above 50 percent. She was named the team's most improved player and the Purple Pride winner in 2017, which is awarded for demonstrating leadership and positivity. She was a VaSID Second Team All-State selection and named to the CAA Championship All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Dukes to the CAA Championship title. She graduated from JMU in May 2017 with a bachelor's in health administration.
Since 2017, Poelma has served a as coach for Relentless Hustle Lacrosse Club, coaching multiple goalies ranging from middle school to high school levels, creating unique drills for players, practice plans and implementing game management strategies.
A native of Fairport, N.Y., Poelma was a four-year starter at Fairport High School. She served as a team captain during her senior season and was named an Academic All-American as a junior in 2012, in addition to collecting All-Monroe County honors.