Former Vanderbilt University standout Jess Roguski Onheiser will spend her second season as an assistant coach at Loyola in 2008. Onheiser, a Baltimore-area native, joined the Loyola staff after two years as a member of the Ohio University staff were she coached under Loyola women's lacrosse alumni Allison Valentino.
"Jess has valuable experience, having played on a Final Four team and with two years of coaching experience under her belt, " O'Day said at the time of Onheiser's hiring. "We feel that experience makes her a great asset to the Loyola College women's lacrosse program."
Prior to launching her coaching career, Onheiser played lacrosse at Vanderbilt from 2001-2004. She helped the Commodores win two conference championships and earn a NCAA semifinal appearance in 2004.
That season, she led the team in goals (42) and earned IWLCA/US Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse All-America Second Team honors.
At Vanderbilt, she was a two-time All-American Lacrosse Conference selection, a two-time IWLCA All-South Region First Team honoree, a two-time Academic All-American and three-time member of the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Onheiser currently holds the Commodores record for goals in a game (six) and is sixth on their all-time goals list with 75.
"I think Jess is an outstanding candidate for the position at Loyola," Vanderbilt head coach Cathy Swezey said when Onheiser was hired. "She led our team so well and brought such quality to the program here at Vanderbilt and I'm sure she'll do a superb job for Loyola."
Also an active member of the community, Onheiser was twice named to the Southeastern Conference Good Works Team (at-large division) for her work with underprivileged children and the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital outreach program. She was Vanderbilt's Endowed Scholarship Athlete Recipient in 2003 and 2004. Onheiser also earned the Vanderbilt Community Service Athlete of the Year and Children's Hospital Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Onheiser has been a member of the United States National Teams for the last several years. She was a member of the U.S. Developmental Team in 2004 and 2005.
Onheiser has also been a member of the U.S. Elite National Team in 2006 and 2007.
Onheiser has also spent considerable time working at lacrosse camps around the country since 2001. In 2003, she founded, managed and organized the Nashville Girls' Summer League, the first summer lacrosse league in the area.
Before playing at Vanderbilt, she was a standout player at Liberty High School in Carroll County (Md.).
At Loyola, Onheiser will work primarily with the offensive unit.
Onheiser, formerly Jess Roguski, married Joe Onheiser on August 25, 2007. The couple lives in the Greater Baltimore area.