From the meek beginnings in 1997, ninth-year Head Coach Kim Eldridge has been there to guide the Duquesne women's lacrosse program. She has established and secured Duquesne lacrosse as a consistent threat and contender for the coveted Atlantic 10 Championship crown. Hired in the fall of 1996, Eldridge accepted the challenge to assemble the University's inaugural lacrosse team, which competed immediately at the Division I level the following spring of 1997.
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)