Women's lacrosse coach's passion inspired Seton Hill campus
Kristina Quigley was passionate about coaching, about life, and most importantly about her family — her husband, Glenn; her young son, Gavin; and her unborn baby boy, colleagues said.
Quigley, 30, head coach of the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team, and her unborn son died on Saturday in a bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Carlisle as she traveled with her team to a match with Millersville University in Lancaster County. The driver of the bus also died.
Quigley of Greensburg, who was six months pregnant, was “highly visible” on the Greensburg campus, said Seton Hill University President JoAnne Boyle. News of her death stunned student athletes, fellow coaches and administrators.
“She was a very nice person. She was very dedicated to her team. She was a top-flight professional,” said Tony Morocco, the university's basketball coach for nine years.
The coaching community at Seton Hill is a small and close-knit group, Morocco said, and he knew Quigley from attending meetings with fellow coaches.
Quigley had just started her second season with Seton Hill's lacrosse program, which has a 3-1 record. She led the Griffins to an 11-6 record in her first season.
Sunday's home lacrosse game with Grand Valley State has been canceled, the school said.
A Baltimore-area native, Quigley came to Seton Hill from Erskine College in Due West, S.C. Mark Peeler, Erskine's athletic director, hired Quigley in 2009 to start the lacrosse program at the small Christian school about 140 miles outside Atlanta.
“She was just out of Duquesne, and I felt like she was a real go-getter,” Peeler said.
“She just really impressed me. She was really enthusiastic, well-organized. She said this is what Erskine lacrosse was going to look like,” Peeler said.
Quigley became frustrated — the team went 0-11 in its first year — and saw the opportunity to be closer to home when the job at Seton Hill opened, Peeler said.
“Her death breaks our heart,” Peeler said. “I feel for her family.”
Quigley was assistant volunteer lacrosse coach in 2007 at Duquesne University, where she played lacrosse in 2002-03.
“She was an absolutely wonderful lady. She was very passionate about life and coaching. She was most passionate about her family,” said Mike Scerbo, Duquesne's women's lacrosse coach who hired Quigley.
She had played at Duquesne before Scerbo started coaching at the school.
Quigley was a skilled athlete at Dundalk High School in the Baltimore area, where she was named women's athlete of the year her senior year and was inducted into the high school's hall of fame, said Kirk Crowe of Dundalk, Md., a high school boyfriend of Quigley's.
“I immediately thought back to the time I spent with her,” said Crowe, a football player who briefly dated Quigley their senior year. He said they remained friends through their passion for sports.
“Kristie was always so driven and so positive,” Crowe said.
Crowe remembers being proud to accompany her to the school's homecoming dance and getting to know her brother and parents through the school's football program.
“It's a sad, sad day,” he said. “I can't imagine what they're going through,” Crowe said.
Quigley, her unborn child, the bus driver, the students and their families will be remembered at Mass at 7 p.m. Sunday in Seton Hill's St. Joseph Chapel.
Joe Napsha and Amanda Dolasinski are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Napsha can be reached at 724-836-5252 or email@example.com. Dolasinski can be reached at 724-836-6220. Staff writers Adam Brandolph and Brad Bumsted contributed to this report.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Armed doctor’s actions in Philly shooting reinvigorates debate on gun-carry
- Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay off as governor signs Down syndrome education bill
- Pennsylvania lawmakers take more free, legal trips
- Carjacked vehicle hits Philly crowd, kills 2 children
- Pennsylvania liquor licenses are considered ‘better than gold’
- Rock injuries prove motorists’ vulnerabilities
- Environmental groups win in open records case against Corbett
- Mom, daughter die from injuries in food truck blast