ASHKELON, ISRAEL- The Israel Lacrosse Association has named Claire Rosenberg and Rachel Rosen as Head Coach and Assistant Coach, respectively for the 2024 Women’s U20 World Championships this summer in Hong Kong, China from August 15-24.
In December of 2022, Claire Rosenberg embarked on a new chapter of her lacrosse coaching by moving to Israel. She is currently, the Head of Women’s Coaching for the Israel Lacrosse Association, where she coaches all girls and women in Israel and continues to grow and develop the sport. In her first international coaching debut this past summer, she led the U21 European Championship team as its Head Coach, a team that played in Prague this past summer placing 10th in Europe. Rosenberg will also be the assistant coach for the Women’s European Championship team in Portugal in 2023.
A graduate of Berry College, Rosenberg was a four-year starting attacker for the Vikings, a three-time Southern Athletic Association all-conference selection, and she holds both the Berry College and SAA all time assists records.
Following her four years at Berry College, Rosenberg pursued her academic and coaching aspirations at Illinois State University. She engaged in the sports management master’s program and was also a graduate assistant coach for Illinois Wesleyan University Women’s Lacrosse. She guided the Titans to back-to-back appearances in the Sweet 16, making program history.
“We have a really special core group of women, and we could not be more excited for them to take the next step”, said Rosenberg. The women will be training and competing every day to get better and grow as a team. Rosenberg continued, “There is so much to look forward to ahead of next summer and I am incredibly lucky to be working with this group”.
Rachel Rosen, a native of Long Island, New York, a four-year member of the Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Team, and a current member of the Israel Women’s Lacrosse Team will be coaching in her first international competition. As a member of the Israel Women’s National Team, she competed in the 2019 Women’s European Championship and 2022 World Games placing 2nd and 5th respectively.
Rosen has spent time living and growing the sport in Israel since going on Birthright in 2019 and extending to play on the European Championship team. Following that summer, she chaperoned the 2019 Winter Service Trip, which is a 10-day trip designed for high school students, offering them opportunities to travel, play, and coach lacrosse, as well as engage in school visits to promote the growth of the sport throughout Israel.
In 2022, Rosen participated in the Israel Lacrosse Gap-Year program. This program is for lacrosse players to spend anywhere from a semester to a year living in Ashkelon, training and playing lacrosse, coaching Israeli youth lacrosse teams, going on school visits to teach lacrosse in gym classes, and recruiting new players.
Most recently, Rosen spent the 2023 summer living in Ashkelon, where she coached youth teams, participated in the IPLL, ran high-performance training sessions for youth and women’s players, and led the three-week College Session alongside the Summer Service Trip.
In 2019, the previous Women’s U20 World Championship was hosted in Peterborough, Canada, where the U20 women placed 17th in the world. Most recently, the U21 team placed 10th in the European Championship hosted in Prague, Czech Republic.
“This is a huge summer for Israel women’s lacrosse. We could not be more excited about the promise of this team especially since we are building off of the momentum from last summer’s European Championship”, says Ian Kadish, Executive Director of Israel Lacrosse.