Liz Stieg begins her third season as head women’s basketball coach at Carlow where she continues to revamp the program and change the culture by stressing her philosophy of "fundamentals and family."
This past season, she led Carlow to their first 4-0 start in recent history and coached two Celtic guards to USCAA All- American status. ( Lynzi Mueller - Honorable Mention - and Erin DiSanti - 1st team All-American).
Stieg was appointed the head coaching position after serving as the team’s assistant coach for two seasons. Prior to joining the Celtics' coaching staff, Stieg served as an assistant coach at American International College (NCAA DII) for the 2010-11 season. Her coaching resume also includes three years as a top assistant coach at Western New England University and one season as an assistant coach at Amherst College. While at Amherst College, Stieg was also appointed the Assistant Director of the Nike Girls Basketball Camp for two summers.
Stieg, a native of Agawam, MA, is a 2006 graduate of Bridgewater State College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a double concentration in Exercise Science and Recreation and Fitness Club Administration. During her time at Bridgewater State College, she played point guard and shooting guard for the Bears. Stieg also earned her Master of Education degree in Sport Management at Springfield College in 2009.
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach : Andrew Kurzawski
Andrew Kurzawski is entering his second season as assistant coach for the Celtics. In addition to his on-court coaching, practice preparation responsibilities and post player development, Kurzawski will serve as the season's recruiting coordinator.
Before coming to Carlow he oversaw basketball programming, clinics and player development at the Western Area YMCA. He also assisted Coach Patrick Sandle (Loyala Marymount University / former University of Pittsburgh mens assistant coach) in youth basketball clinics and AAU player development courses throughout the Pittsburgh region. From 2009 to 2011 he worked as a academic advisor to the St. Vincent College mens basketball program and also assisted the team in summer workouts and player development coaching 3 eventual NCAA All Americans. In 2012 he was named head coach of the Carlynton Junior High School program. He has also coached extensively at the AAU level and has a developed a small business training high school players during the summers.
Kurzawski was a standout player at Carlynton high school in Carnegie, PA where he started 4 years on the varsity team and was a multiple time selection to the district’s fabulous 15 team. He was also a member of the prestigious Pittsburgh JOTS AAU team and received multiple scholarship offers to play college basketball. He graduated from St. John’s University (Queens, NY) in 2007 with a degree in pre-law (philosophy) and completed a Master’s of Divinity degree from St. Vincent College and Seminary in 2012.
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach: Jessalyn Timko
Former Carlow University women’s basketball captain Jessalyn Timko is entering her second season as a member of the Celtic's coaching staff. Her primary responsibilities are guard development and assisting the head coach in administering practice and game coaching.
During her four year playing career, Timko appeared in 94 games while scoring 712 points and pulling down 413 rebounds from her guard position. While Timko was a very solid and well rounded player, her efforts on the defensive end is what she was most known for by opponents. Her best game came during the 2013-14 season against KIAC opponent Alice Lloyd. During that game she netted 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as she was looked upon to guard two time KIAC player of the year Ariel Nickell.
Timko, a Belle Vernon, PA native, earned bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2014.
Women's Basketball Graduate Assistant: Erin DiSanti
Erin DiSanti, a former team captain and standout point guard at Carlow, begins her first season as a member of the women's basketball staff. Erin will be working with guards this season, more specifically guiding Carlow's young point guards. She will serve as a graduate assistant while pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Administration at Carlow.
DiSanti is transitioning to Coaching after an illustrious career with the Celtics. The Tarentum, PA native was named the 2011-12 AMC Freshman of the Year and continued to earn All-Tournament honors throughout her career. She is a two time USCAA Academic All-American and NAIA Scholar-athlete and in her senior year was named a USCAA All-American. DiSanti is also a member of the Carlow 1,000 point Club, ending her career with 1,110 points!
Her hard work on and off the court was recognized by the University when she was selected the 2014-15 Outstanding Senior-Athlete and was inducted onto Carlow's Walk of Fame in Fall of 2015.
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach: Aaron Burton
Aaron Burton is in his first season as a member of the Celtics Coaching staff. Before coming to Carlow, he served as a student assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) were he earned a degree in Small Business Management. At IUP his primary responsibilities involved video coordination and developing scouting reports. During his time with the program, IUP had four winning seasons and went as far as the NCAA DII Sweet Sixteen.
Burton, a Philadelphia native, played four years of high school basketball at City Center Academy. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, he coached and mentored young kids in basketball summer leagues.