|Alma Mater:||William & Mary|
Former US National Team standout Allison Kwolek led Richmond to the 2014 Atlantic 10 title game and the most wins for a Spider women’s lacrosse team since 2007.
An All-CAA midfielder at William & Mary and defender on the US National Team, she served on the coaching staffs at her alma mater, Columbia and Dartmouth, before taking over as the head coach at Richmond in the fall of 2012, when she was Allison Evans.
The Spiders have finished in the top-three in the standings in both of her first two seasons, including earning the second seed for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship. Richmond defeated La Salle in the semifinals, before losing to nationally ranked Massachusetts 10-6 in the championship game.
Richmond finished with 11 wins, the most victories for the Spiders since their last Atlantic 10 Championship season in 2007. The Spiders finished 7-2 at home and allowed just 7.83 goals per game for the 2014 season, a new record low total.
Taylor Blazer was awarded the league's Defensive Player of the Year, and was one of four Spiders to earn All-Conference honors in 2014.
In her first season at Richmond, the Spiders tied for third place in the Atlantic 10. Five Spiders earned All-Conference recognition and standout senior Caitlin Fifield was named to the prestigious Tewaaraton Watch List.
Kwolek, an Annandale, Virginia native, returned to her home state after spending two years as an assistant at Dartmouth College. While in New Hampshire, she helped guide the Big Green to back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2011 and 2012. The back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament were the first for Dartmouth since 2005 and 2006. She also helped guide Dartmouth to the school’s first-ever Ivy League Tournament title in 2012.
Kwolek coached 12 All-Ivy honorees in her two seasons at Dartmouth, including two Player of the Years (2011, 2012) and one Rookie of the Year. Additionally, she cultivated 10 IWLCA All-Region honorees and four All-Americans.
In 2012, she helped lead the Big Green to five wins over top-20 opponents. Defense was an integral part of her coaching focus as Dartmouth was ranked 16th in the country, 1st in the Ivy League in that area.
Prior to Dartmouth, she was the top assistant coach at Columbia while earning her master’s degree in sports management. She was primarily responsible for the defense and midfield players, mentoring two All-Ivy honorees.
Before Columbia, Kwolek spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, William & Mary. While there, the Tribe won the 2009 CAA regular season title, achieved a top-20 ranking and set single-season records for goals and points.
She was a standout midfielder for the Tribe, earning All-CAA honors twice in her career (2002, 2003). She was elected captain as a senior, and finished her stellar collegiate career with 116 points. In 2006, Evans was named to the prestigious US National Elite Team and also served as a coach's trainer for the US Lacrosse organization.
Kwolek earned her master's degree in sports management from Columbia in 2012 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from William & Mary in 2003.
She is newly married to her husband, Mark, with the couple's nuptials taking place in Williamsburg last December. They reside in Richmond.
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