Jennifer Ulehla, an experienced collegiate and U.S. National team coach, joined the University of Florida Lacrosse program as an assistant coach in January of 2008.
Ulehla (pronounced You-la-LA) bring more than 14 years of coaching experience to the Gator program. This includes 10 years of NCAA Division I head coaching experience and four years of NCAA Division I assistant coaching experience with six NCAA tournament and one Final Four appearances in total. She has been a part of the U.S., Women's Lacrosse Team coaching staff since 2003, serving as the US Women's Developmental Team assistant coach from 2003-05 and is currently in her third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Elite Team.From 2004-2006, Ulehla served as the head coach for Temple University. In just two seasons with the Owls, Ulehla returned the Temple program to national prominence, helping it to a Top 20 ranking for the first time since the 2002 season. She compiled a 20-15 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the Atlantic 10, while producing three Regional All-Americans and seven All-Conference players, including an A-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
"The Florida lacrosse program is so fortunate to have Jenny become part of the Gator staff. Her experiences with the sport at the international and national levels will be so beneficial. Jenny is an excellent recruiter and will be a big part in building Florida into the top collegiate program we envision."
University of Florida Lacrosse
Prior to coaching at Temple, Ulehla enjoyed an impressive run as the head coach of James Madison University. Ulehla joined the JMU program in the summer of 1994 and led the Dukes to six NCAA appearances (1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001). The 2000 JMU team advanced to the NCAA semifinal round. The Dukes consistently ranked among the top 10 nationally during Ulehla's eight year stay. Ulehla also guided the Dukes to three championships and two second place finishes in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Association. Thirteen of her JMU players were honored as All-Americans, and Ulehla was recognized as a two-time CAA Coach of the Year (1995, 2000).
Her coaching career started at Towson University, where she was the Interim Head Coach for the 1991-92 season. She then accepted an assistant coaching position at Dartmouth College for 1992-93, helping the Big Green to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Ulehla then move to Loyola College (Baltimore, Md.), where she was an assistant coach for the 1993-94 Greyhound team. Loyola College advanced to the 1994 NCAA semifinals and claimed the 1994 CAA title.
Ulehla played her first two seasons at Loyola College before transferring to the University of Maryland. She is listed among the program's all-time greats, earning All-America first-team honors in 1990 and a spot on the 1991 second-team. Ulehla was part of Maryland's NCAA runner-up teams in 1990 and 1991, and was named to the 1990 NCAA All-Tournament team. In 2002, Ulehla was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary Lacrosse team.
She also was member of the U.S. National Team from 1990-95. She and O'Leary were both part of the U.S.'s 1993 World Cup championship team. Ulehla was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame on February 2, 2008. In May of 2008, Ulehla was inducted into Maryvale Preparatory School's Hall of Fame.
She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Maryland in 1991.
Jennifer Ulehla File
Position: University of Florida Assistant Coach
Education: Bachelor's of arts degree - psychology, University of Maryland (1991)
- U.S. Women's Lacrosse Team Assistant Coach - 2003-present
- Temple University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach - 2004-06
- James Madison University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach - 1994-02
- Loyola College Women's Assistant Lacrosse Coach - 1993-94
- Dartmouth College Women's Assistant Lacrosse Coach - 1992-93
- Towson University Interim Head Women's Lacrosse Coach - 1991-92