Leadership is dynamic. It requires action and is never static. Adapting to change, being in a position to serve others, assisting in helping shape people’s focus and potential toward a specific result are just a few of the privileges that leaders hold. Leadership can also be shared with team members moving in and out of dual roles as leader and follower. The GLE explores these concepts and its participants experience these principles through interactions with one another and by literally walking the historic national battlefield at Gettysburg. Hearing the leadership decisions of the Union and Confederate officers during the 3 day Battle of Gettysburg, by inspiring licensed guides, provides a one of a kind experience.
Carol Cantele spent over 30 years as head coach of the Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse program. Cantele is the program’s all-time leader in wins, amassing a record of 427-111 (.794 winning percentage) and claiming 12 Centennial Conference titles and three national titles.
The team had competed in the NCAA Division III Tournament 19 times and has advanced to the national semifinals seven times in the last 16 years.
Gettysburg continued its status as one of the premier teams in Division III by going 19-2 overall and winning the Centennial Conference title in 2019. The team spent eight weeks atop the national poll and advanced to the NCAA regional finals for the fourth consecutive season. Cantele led Gettysburg to back-to-back national titles in 2017 and 2018. Gettysburg became just the fourth Division III program to win back-to-back titles.
Cantele also joined elite company in the pantheon of lacrosse coaches with her 400th career win and is one of just four coaches in NCAA history to reach the milestone and she has compiled a record of 451-134 (.771) in 33 seasons. She ranks third all-time in total victories among all NCAA coaches.
Cantele’s success has been recognized often by her peers. She has been named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year four times, Metro Region Coach of the Year 10 times, and Centennial Conference Coach of the Year twice. Cantele was tabbed Division III Coach of the Year by Inside Lacrosse for the third time in 2018.
Cantele has been recognized as one of the top contributors and proponents to the sport of women’s lacrosse and was named to the IWLCA Hall of Fame in 2021. In the fall of 2016, she was given the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award, one of the highest honors given by the IWLCA. The award recognizes lifetime achievement to the women’s college game.
Cantele served as a graduate assistant with the field hockey team at Miami (Ohio) University from 1986-88 where she attained an M.A. in physical education with an emphasis in sport psychology/coaching behavior. She also served as the head coach of the club lacrosse team at Miami.
Cantele is one of a select few to lay claim to national titles as both a coach and as a player. A 1983 graduate of Gettysburg, Carol helped the Bullets win the school’s first national title with the field hockey team in 1980.
Our faculty is made up of instructors and guides, many of whom are licensed battlefield guides. Instructors and guides are chosen for each session based upon the identified goals of the group.