Taylor Pennell

NY: New York
Taylor Pennell enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Columbia lacrosse program, having joined the staff in August 2019.

After spending the previous two seasons in the same role at College of the Holy Cross, Pennell will work primarily with Columbias goalkeepers and draw control unit, as well as heading the Lions community service efforts and social media.

I am thrilled to have Taylor join our staff, said Cofrin. Taylor has an incredible work ethic, is a great recruiter, loves to grow the game and brings of wealth of knowledge. Shes a true teacher of the game and will be a great addition to our program.

Prior to her arrival on Morningside Heights, Pennell spent one season as an assistant coach at Bucknell before joining the staff at Holy Cross. While at Bucknell, Pennell helped coach the Bison to the programs second winning record in 13 seasons. Notably in her two seasons with the Crusaders, the program reached the 2018 Patriot League Playoffs for the first time since 2015.

As a player, Pennell was a three-year starter as a defender at Rutgers, being elected team captain in her final two seasons. She was named the teams Most Improved Player in 2013. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was named to both the Big East and Big Ten All-Academic teams during her time at Rutgers. Pennell graduated with a bachelors degree in exercise science and sport management from Rutgers in 2016.

Since February 2019, Pennell has served as an assistant coach and board member for the Uganda Lacrosse Foundation, which aims to promote and grow youth lacrosse in Uganda.

Pennell has a variety of experience in collegiate athletics, including familiarity with the Ivy League having served as an Ivy League intern in the spring of 2015. In her stint with the Ivy League, Pennell gained experience in compliance, communications and championships. She also spend the spring of 2016 interning with Rutgers University Foundation Department as an athletics development intern in the Varsity R Association.

A native of New Egypt, New Jersey, Pennell was an honorable mention High School All-American at The Peddie School.