Lead Assistant Coach
Haleigh Echard, a Lebanon, Pennsylvania native and 2018 Penn State graduate, is tabbed as the lead assistant coach for Coach Pike's staff.
As a player, Echard made 93 appearances for the Nittany Lions and was a member of the 2015 NCAA National Championship team. She recorded 22 points in 3,286 minutes of action. Off the field, the education major earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times and was also recognized as a 2016 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Echard served as a member on the Penn State Student Athlete Advisory Board and the Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute from 2014 to 2018.
“Haleigh is coming on as our lead assistant coach and will be active in all aspects of our program,” Pike said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh ideas with her experience playing at a top Division I program and the U-18 National Team. We look forward to Haleigh establishing strong relationships with our athletes and implementing a higher level skill-set at Shenandoah. I believe the women in this program will benefit tremendously from this hire.”
Echard holds U.S Soccer National “E” and “F” coaching licenses and has two years of coaching soccer at the club level.
“I am grateful to Coach Liz Pike for this amazing opportunity,” Echard said. “I am excited to learn from her as her passion for the sport is unmatched. I can’t wait to use the knowledge and skills from my collegiate career to help these athletes make the most out of their experience and reach their personal and team goals.”
Graduate Assistant Coach
Septer, a four-year All-ODAC selection for the Hornets, rejoins the women’s soccer program as the department’s first-ever graduate assistant. Septer graduated from SU in 2017 with an exercise science degree and started 79 games for the Hornets. As a graduate student, she will be pursing an organizational leadership degree from the School of Education and Leadership.
While protecting the net, the Hamilton, New Jersey native made a second-best-in-program-history 306 saves and ended her career with a .797 save percentage. She holds program records for wins (40), goalie games played (81), games started (79), minutes played (6,397), and shutouts (25). Two of her four All-ODAC accolades were first team selections and she also collected All-State honors as a junior. She was an ODAC All-Tournament honoree as a sophomore.
“To have somebody join our staff with the accolades that Erin earned at Shenandoah will add a deeper level of instruction to our goalies and inside the box,” Pike said. “She will immediately contribute to our player development on the defensive end. I am excited to have Erin return as she is familiar with not only the ODAC but also the women’s soccer program and goals we have here.”
Septer has private training experience and worked with club soccer teams in addition to holding a United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Level 1 certificate.
“I am extremely grateful to Coach Pike for the opportunity to coach beside her and the rest of the staff she’s put together,” Septer said. “I never thought that my time playing under her would lead me to this position. Coach Pike is someone I have looked up to and admired because of her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the game- to learn from her and be able to impact student-athletes at my alma mater is very humbling.”
L.A. St. Hill
Volunteer Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Former SU standout LA St. Hill transitions this season to a volunteer assistant position.
St. Hill, who played for SU from 2008-2011, returned for his second stint on the women's soccer staff in the fall of 2017. He previously assisted Pike in 2014 and 2015 as he was completing his undergraduate studies.
Moving forward, after being hired as the Assistant Director of the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center, St. Hill will serve on the women's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant.
He remains involved in all aspects of the program including practice and game management, recruiting and academic monitoring.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joel Flower, a former college and prep head coach, returns for his 11th season on the SU women's soccer staff this fall.
Flower, a 1996 graduate of Valley Forge (Pa.) Christian, led his alma mater into the NCCAA regional tournaments in both 1998 and 1999 and was named as the NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1998.
Flower works full-time as the Lead Pastor at LIFEhouse Church Shenandoah in Winchester, Va.
Dr. Des Lawless