Elkhart High School
2608 California Road
Elkhart, IN 46514
Jeff Penney, Boys Head Coach
Jeff has been coaching for over 15 years in Northern Indiana. He has led the program at St. Joseph High in South Bend and took them from an 0-8 season prior to him joining to a 10-3 and state playoff berth in his first year. At this time, he started the Middle School lacrosse program in the area, that is thriving today, with expansion from Laporte to Middlebury. He has coached the South Bend High School program and Penn Jr. program. He also coached at Holy Cross College and each year took his team to the playoffs, and to the championship game in his final year. Finally, he is excited to expand the sport into athletic Elkhart, Indiana.
Jeff has played lacrosse most of his life and played at Ripon College in Wisconsin and then club lacrosse in California for 14 years. He has been a referee for the past 12 years and on state and local boards to promote lacrosse in Indiana. He has been married to Erin for 27 years and has 3 children, Sean 26, is the Freshman Boys Basketball coach at Penn, Maddie 24, is in grad school at Ball State and Seamus 15 is a freshman basketball and lacrosse player at Penn.
Heather Ashton, Girls Head Coach
Coach Holliday (Ashton) has coached for 18 years and is very passionate about players growth on and off the field.
As a player, Ashton received NIC all-conference 3 years in a row and a team record for most wins in a season. She was the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Frank M. Steele Award for excellent athletic performance, high academic achievement, and strong mental attitude. She earned 9 Varsity Letters at Mishawaka High School. She attended Barry University on a Division 2 soccer scholarship, then transferred to University of Alaska, then completed graduate studies in teaching at IUSB. She is currently a teacher at Mishawaka High School.
Coach Ashton is happily married and has an amazing daughter who will be graduating high school in 2023.
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