Assistant Coach Joanna Dennstaedt
Joanna Dennstaedt enters her seventh year as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Messiah College in the spring of 2012. She continues to assist head coach Heather Greer in every aspect of the Falcons program.
“There is no one else I would rather coach with,” Greer said upon taking over the program in the fall of 2008. “She has a tremendous knowledge about the game and is 100 percent dedicated to this program. Her heart for the girls is both respected and admired. I am honored to work with Coach Jo.”
Joanna (Wilkinson) Dennstaedt is a 2004 graduate of Messiah College with a degree in sociology. A stellar attacker for the Falcons, she captained the Messiah lacrosse team as a senior and earned NCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors in 2004. She was a two-time All-MAC selection and is fourth on Mesisah's all-time points record. She also holds the record for the most points scored in a season.
Success has followed Dennsteadt as a coach, as the longtime assistant served as a key cog in the 2011, 2009 and 2006 MAC Championships — Messiah’s only conference titles (and NCAA Tournament appearances) in the 15-year history of the program.
Dennstaedt came to Messiah from St. Louis. She was a high-school All-American in 2000 and traveled to the east to play field hockey and lacrosse at Messiah. Prior to her coaching career, Dennstaedt was a high school official for the PIAA. Dennstaedt has worked many camps over the years, and directed the Gateway Lacrosse Camps in St. Louis for the past four summers. She has also worked the Messiah lacrosse camp, attended FCA camps, and coached at "Eye on the Goal" camps.
In 2004 Dennstaedt was married to Kevin Dennstaedt, also a 2004 graduate of Messiah. They reside in Mechanicsburg with their daughters Rose, Joy and Ella.