Erin Fitzgerald | Assistant Coach
Erin Fitzgerald is in her first season as an assistant coach on the Furman women's lacrosse staff.
"I am extremely excited to be joining the Furman women's lacrosse coaching staff," Fitzgerald said. "I look forward to sharing my knowledge, experience, and passion for lacrosse with the team throughout the upcoming season."
"Erin is going to be a phenomenal addition to our staff," said Whitten. "Her experience at Northwestern and knowledge of the game is going to help propel Furman lacrosse as we strive to take the next step in Division I lacrosse. With a lot of new changes at Furman including entering a new conference, Erin seemed like a great fit for what our program needs!"
Fitzgerald, a native of Mt. Sinai, N.Y., has held multiple marketing positions since graduating from Northwestern University in 2013, most recently at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She has also served as the head coach for several different club teams since 2007, including founding Breakers Lacrosse Club in Long Island, N.Y. in January of 2015.
During her time at Northwestern, Fitzgerald helped the Wildcats advance to four NCAA DI Final Fours and win two National Championships. She was twice named an IWLCA All-American and was nominated for the Tewaarton Award in 2013.
Fitzgerald graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor's degree in communications as an Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete.
Sara Kuhlman | Assistant Coach
Furman head lacrosse coach Rachel Whitten announced the addition of Sara Kuhlman to the women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2017.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Sara to the program," said Whitten. "As a player and coach, she has been a part of new and extremely successful programs. Her drive and passion for the game was very apparent during the search process. The team has already taken to her excitement and energy for Furman lacrosse. We are looking forward to a great year with Sara in a new conference!"
Kuhlman joins Furman's staff after two seasons at Mercer, where she helped the Bears compile a 20-17 record and 11-7 mark in ASUN play in 2016 and 2017. Working primarily with the offense, Kuhlman coached attacker Erica Coyne to 74 goals over two seasons and midfielder Lindsey Zeltwanger to 80 goals.
Prior to her time at Mercer, Kuhlman spent a year at the University of Findlay. In 2015, Kuhlman helped guide the Oilers to an 8-10 season, which included a 5-2 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and a trip to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals. She also coached the GLIAC Midfielder and Attacker of the Year and the pair was named to the IWLCA second team all-North Region with Sarah Lankton also honored as an IWLCA third team All-American.
Kuhlman was a four-year starter and four-time All-Conference selection as a member of the inaugural class for High Point women's lacrosse. Kuhlman finished her career at High Point with 114 goals, 43 assists, 134 draw controls, 112 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers and, at the time of her graduation, owned the career draw controls record, ranked second in career ground balls, was third in career points, goals, caused turnovers and shots, and ranked fourth in career assists.
Kuhlman lead the Panthers to three conference championships, as well as NCAA Tournament bids in 2013 and 2014.
Kuhlman also garnered coaching experience as the co-head coach of Velocity Elite Lacrosse in Ohio for three years.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching from High Point in 2014.