LORETTO, Pa. - Steph Marcon has resigned as head lacrosse coach at Saint Francis after five seasons with the Red Flash.

"It is with deep regret that I accept Coach Marcon's resignation," said Saint Francis Director of Athletics, Bob Krimmel.  "Steph has been a valuable member of the Red Flash Athletics Family and she will be missed by all of us.  Under her leadership our program has grown tremendously and I greatly appreciate the time, energy and personal sacrifice she has given to our student athletes and the Saint Francis Department of Athletics."

"Steph has also volunteered in the community, working with youth in Blair County and her student athletes have followed her example through their service in Cambria County.  Coach Marcon has left a program on the verge of achieving great success in the Northeast Conference and we wish her great success in the next chapter of her life."

A national search for the program's next head coach will begin immediately, said Krimmel.
 
Marcon's Red Flash teams rewrote the school's record books, particularly over the past three seasons.  The 2009 squad's 201 points shattered the previous program record, more than doubling the old mark of 98 set in 2006. SFU's 152 goals that season nearly tripled the old record of 68.

In 2010, Saint Francis won a school-record six games after tallying only three victories through the program's first eight seasons.  Indicative of SFU's rising level of play, then-freshman Danielle Conwell was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year and goalie Danielle Pokusa added to the accolades, earning an NCAA Statistical Championship in ground balls (61).

 The Red Flash tallied 283 points in 2011, including 188 goals, and produced the program's first-ever All-NEC selection in second-teammer Kate Simmons.

 During her tenure, lacrosse student-athletes performed at a high level in the classroom with 29 players being named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll with GPA's of 3.2 or higher over the past four years.

Prior to being named head coach in the fall of 2006, Marcon served as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development at Saint Francis.

"I appreciate the opportunity Saint Francis University has provided me," said Marcon.  "I especially want to thank Bob Krimmel and [Senior Associate Director of Athletics] Erika Renwick for their support and guidance over the years. I will miss Saint Francis and the friendships I have made over these last five seasons."

"I am proud of where the program is now, but I know that greatness lies ahead for the group of talented young women we have. I will forever be grateful to Saint Francis University and the athletic department."