ERIE, Pa. -- Lindsey Lowman has been named Gannon head coach it was announced by Gannon director of athletics Mark Richard. She becomes the fifth head coach in the program's 16-year history.

Lowman comes to Gannon after serving as the head coach at Harford (Md.) Community College last season. The Fighting Owls recorded a 6-7 record with Lowman at the helm in 2011. Last year's success came against a demanding schedule that featured eight matches against nationally-ranked teams. The squad posted three victories against the nation's best.

Harford qualified for the postseason in 2011, falling to CCBC-Cantonsville in the NJCAA Region 10 semifinals. Cantonsville was ranked No. 2 in the country at the time.

“We are extremely excited to have Lindsey join the Gannon and Erie community,” Richard said. “The committee believes the process brought a great coach with a tremendous future to Gannon. We have the utmost trust that Lindsey will be able to maintain Gannon's position as one of the nation's best women's lacrosse programs - academically and athletically.”

Lowman began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Christopher Newport, an NCAA Division III school in Newport News, Va,. from 2002-2006. She helped guide the program to its first conference championship and its first trip to the NCAA tournament in 2006. At CNU, she was responsible for game preparation, scouting and analyzing opponents, developing game plans and running individual workouts.

“I'm excited to be at the helm of an extremely competitive program in one of the most elite conferences in NCAA Division II,” Lowman said. “I'm looking forward to taking the program to the next level, and I believe the team is ready to take that step. I want to thank Athletics Director Mark Richard for giving me this incredible opportunity, and I look forward to being a part of the Golden Knight team.”

Lowman was a standout during her collegiate playing days, earning All-America status as a senior at William & Mary in 2001. The former attacker led the nation in assists (44) as a senior, leading the Tribe to a 9-7 record and a No. 6 national ranking. She currently holds the William & Mary records for assists in a match (8), season (44) and career (70). Lowman was named to the U.S. Lacrosse All-America first team and the IWLCA All-America second team during her collegiate career.

A Lothian, Md., native has been involved with numerous high profile lacrosse camps since the summer of 2002, including the elite University of Virginia Fast Break Camp.

Lowman graduated from William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a minor in sociology in 2001.

Gannon finished 12-5-1 last season, falling to East Stroudsburg in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) quarterfinals. The Lady Knights were ranked 13th in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national rankings.

The program has reached double digits in victories seven consecutive seasons and has won at least 11 matches six years in a row. Overall, the Lady Knights have produced a winning record every season during the program's 16-year history.