Two-time Patriot League Champions and head coach Cindy Timchal to run clinics
Liz Schaffner, a 1998 graduate of Loyola (Md.), begins her fifth season as the Navy's Director of Lacrosse Operations. Schaffner came to the Academy after serving 10 seasons as an assistant at George Mason.
Her responsibilities with the Midshipmen program include assisting with travel, facilities scheduling, camps and clinics, other administrative duties including budget and compliance issues.
In her four years at Navy, the Mids have posted a 63-18 record and have won three Patriot League Championship and advanced to three NCAA Tournaments.
After spending a decade with the Patriots' program, Schaffner's influence has been undeniable, particularly on the defensive end where she once starred during her playing career at Loyola. While at George Mason, the Patriots fielded teams that finished among the nation's leaders in scoring defense, ground balls and who consistently made appearances among the NCAA leaders in caused turnovers. Schaffner played an instrumental role in mentoring a pair of All-Americans in defender Kinsley O'Garrow and goalkeeper Meg Dentler, a two-time awardee. Schaffner also helped develop a number of first-team All-CAA defenders, including three student-athletes who went on to earn conference player-of-the-year accolades.
Complimenting her considerable sideline experience, Schaffner along with current Stanford head coach Amy Bokker, co-founded the SuperNoVA Select Lacrosse Club in 2003, a formidable club program in Northern Virginia. As the program's co-director, and now as the president, Schaffner has seen or coached many of the top players from across the region.
Schaffner's arrival reunites a pair of former Loyola teammates on the Midshipmen sidelines as both her and Mids' associate head coach Allison Valentino played together for three successful seasons with the Greyhounds. As teammates, the duo made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by a run to the national championship game in 1997. The following year Schaffner played in her third national tournament, helping a Loyola team, which boasted the country's top-ranked defense (5.4 goals against/gm), to a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals.
A native of Annapolis, Schaffner was an All-American lacrosse player at St. Mary's High School. She received her bachelor's in elementary education from Loyola and earned her master's degree in higher education from George Mason in May of 2007.
Schaffner was commissioned as a human resource officer and currently holds the rank of Ensign in the United States Navy.