In just eight years, coach Eldridge has three Coach of the Year citations (1997 MAAC; 2000 & 2004 A-10) and has had several of her players garner conference and regional all-America honors. On her list of accolades are four regional all-Americans, two A-10 Rookies of the Year, a MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year, one Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, 20 all-conference selections, 14 Atlantic 10 All-Championship picks, 32 academic all-conference honorees, seven ESPN the Magazine District II Academic All-Americans and three national Academic All-America selections.
Over her tenure, Eldridge has assembled a career record of 74-58, has posted five-straight winning seasons, shared the 2004 Atlantic 10 regular season championship title and saw her team advance to the 2001 and 2004 A-10 championship games. Added as an Atlantic 10 championship sport in 1999, Duquesne has qualified for the A-10 championship in five of its six-year existence.
The 2004 slate was one of the Dukes' most-successful tying the school record for wins with 14 and taking a University-best six wins in league action en route to A-10 Coach of the Year laurels. DU took a share of its first A-10 regular-season championship and was the overall #1 in the Conference tournament. The Dukes saw the dream to dance fall short once again with an 11-12 sudden-victory overtime loss to defending champs, the Temple Owls. Ginger Flocco was tabbed a first team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American and Laura App was named a second team pick. Flocco was named the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year and she and Krista Mann were tabbed to the All-Atlantic 10 team.
The Dukes posted a 9-7 overall mark in 2003 and went 3-4 in A-10 play to finish in a tie for fourth in the Conference. Three Dukes received post-season honors as Kelly Mulford was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year and Krista Mann and Ginger Flocco were tabbed All-Conference picks. A youthful Duquesne squad went 6-10 overall, 4-3 in the Atlantic 10 in 2002 to finish fourth overall in the Conference. Four Dukes were named to the All-Conference team in seniors Katie and Kristin Harner, Lauren Dutch and Kelly Dawson. Kristin Harner was also tabbed an A-10 All-Championship pick.
In the 2001 season, the Dukes racked-up a university-best 14-5 overall mark and 4-1 record in league action. Duquesne suffered a 9-10 loss in double overtime to Temple in the A-10 championship game, just missing an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. The Red & Blue finished second in the A-10 led by All-Conference and Mid-Atlantic Regional All-America selections Meghan Hungate and Katie and Kristin Harner.
Duquesne posted it second-straight winning season in 2000 going 9-5 overall with a 3-3 mark in A-10 play. The Dukes placed fourth in the Conference led by A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year, Lauren Mincher and All-Conference picks Hungate and Katie Harner. In addition, Katie and twin sister Kristen Harner where named to the all-tournament team.
Eldridge led the 1999 Dukes to an 11-6 mark and finished 2-3 in the initial season of Atlantic 10 action. Duquesne once again finished fourth overall in the league led by all-conference picks Hungate, Lauren Dutch and Katie Harner. Hungate went on to be named a Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American.
In 1998, she led the Dukes to a 7-9 overall mark and a 5-2 showing in the MAAC to secure third place in the league standings. Eldridge had a rough road ahead of her in the inaugural year as Duquesne competed immediately at the Division I level without prior club experience. She boasted a young, inexperienced and eager team that finished 4-12 overall, 3-4 in the MAAC. The Dukes stood tied for fifth in the MAAC and her peers lauded Eldridge as the league's coach of the year. Duquesne boasted two all-conference selections and led the league with eight academic all-conference honorees.
Before coming to Duquesne, the 33-year old Eldridge was an assistant for two-years at James Madison with its nationally-ranked program. JMU finished the 1995 season with a 12-6 record, a No. 6 ranking and earned a bid into the NCAA post-season tournament for the first time in the school's history. The 1996 team concluded the schedule 9-8 overall and was ranked 8th in the country.
The 1993 graduate of the College of William and Mary was an All-South first team honoree and an All-Colonial Athletic Association pick as a senior. Eldridge also played in the North-South Senior All-Star game. She was an All-South second team selection in 1992. Additionally, she played field hockey at William and Mary.
Eldridge's coaching credentials also include a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Randolph Macon College and numerous positions with various lacrosse camps since 1990. A native of Downingtown, Pa., she earned a Bachelor's degree in marketing from the College of William and Mary in 1993 and a master's degree in athletic administration in 1996 from JMU.
Aside from the collegiate ranks, she served as the captain of Mid-West I during the summer of 1998.
The former Kimberly Orie and her husband Rob Eldridge have three sons, Ray Garrett, age 5 and Gavin Orie, age 3 and Chad Robert age 2. The Eldridge family resides in Upper St. Clair, PA.
Coaching Head Coach: Duquesne University 1997 - Present Record: 74-58 (eight years)