The University of the Sciences Athletic Department and Athletic Director Paul Klimitas are pleased to announce the hiring of Jaclyn Hartzell as the next head women’s basketball coach for the Devils. Hartzell becomes the sixth head coach in the program’s history.
“Jackie will be a good fit for USciences and will have an immediate positive impact on our program,” said USciences Athletic Director Paul Klimitas. “She has impressed me with her goal setting and basketball philosophies. Jackie is a student of the game, and most importantly understands the academic requirements that USciences student-athletes experience every day.”
Hartzell joins USciences after serving as the head varsity girls basketball coach at Archbishop Ryan High School for the past five seasons, compiling a 78-49 record. Last season, Hartzell guided the Ryan girls to the Philadelphia Catholic League semi-finals.
The Ragdolls had their most successful season under Hartzell in 2009-10 when they were crowned PIAA district 12 AAAA Champions and reached the PIAA State Finals. The team also qualified for the PIAA State tournament in 2008-09, Hartzell’s first as their head coach.
Prior to coaching at Archbishop Ryan, Hartzell served as the junior varsity girl’s basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School and the head freshman coach at St. Hubert High School.
“I am very humbled and excited to be the next head coach for the University of the Sciences women's basketball team. I’m extremely grateful for Mr. Klimitas' believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity,” said Hartzell. “I look forward to this new and exciting challenge of coaching at the collegiate level and can’t wait to meet with the players to begin our foundation of success.”
Currently a contracting office for the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Northeast Philadelphia, Hartzell is pursuing a master of business administration degree from La Salle University and received her bachelor of science in business administration degree from Delaware Valley College in 2005.
A four-year letter winner at Delaware Valley College from 2001-05, Hartzell earned Middle Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team three times and was named to the Lehigh Valley Small Schools All-Academic Team as a senior.
Hartzell inherits the program from Paul Stadelberger who guided the team to a 67-44 record over his four seasons as head coach. The 2012-13 squad went 15-12 on the season, losing to Dominican College in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) quarterfinals. USciences has nine letter-winners returning to the squad for 2013-2014 including last year’s leading scorer and first team All-CACC honoree Brianne Traub. Traub also led the CACC in scoring and earned Second Team Daktronics All-Region accolades.