Penn State Abington named Eve Wilderman as the college’s head women’s lacrosse coach Aug. 13.

Wilder, a 2005 University of Pennsylvania graduate, reacted to her new gig.

"I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Penn State Abington family,” Wilderman said in an Aug. 13 press release. “I’m ready to get started with the current team and push the student-athletes to be the best they can be on and off the field. I plan to continue from where [former women’s lacrosse head coach] Deb Andress left off and work toward the growth of not only the sport, but also the tradition and the culture here. It will take time to find and strengthen our identity, but we'll pursue each step along the way to reach our goal of an NCAA playoff berth, especially now that we are an active Division III member.”

Andress resigned in June.

Wilderman spent the last two seasons as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Bryn Mawr College, where she also served as an adjunct physical education Instructor. She was also the special assistant to the athletic director.

Prior to coaching, Wilderman was a member of the varsity women's lacrosse team at the University of Pennsylvania. Though limited by injury, she stayed on as the team manager in 2002 and 2003.

"My college experience helped me to relate to much of what our student-athletes manage, particularly the efforts required to balance both academic and athletic expectations,” she said. “As a former walk-on, I appreciate what can be attained through hard work and commitment. In this way, Penn Lacrosse also influenced my overall coaching philosophy. I value the impact of pushing individuals and the team to achieve incremental successes in order to accomplish a larger goal. I hope to instill a similar drive and passion at Penn State Abington."

The Lady Lions are an NCAA Division III member and now will qualify for all NCAA post-season play and awards. Last year Abington finished the year with a 4-10 record and a 4-6 mark in the NEAC Conference, advancing to the conference playoffs for the first time in program history.