Women's Lacrosse

Alexis Venechanos
Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
3rd Year

Alma Mater:
Maryland '03

Alexis Venechanos

04/23/2013

Athletics Good Stuff

April 16 - 22, 2013

04/16/2013

Athletics Good Stuff

April 9-15. 2013

04/09/2013

Athletics Good Stuff

April 2 - April 8, 2013

04/07/2013

Buckeyes Bounce Vanderbilt, 19-4

Nine Buckeyes score in team's first conference win of the season.

04/03/2013

Ohio State Downs SDSU, 19-11

Eight players tally points as Buckeyes win back-to-back games

Alexis Venechanos enters her fourth season at the helm of the Ohio State women's lacrosse program in 2013-14. In her three prior campaigns, she has led the Buckeyes to an appearance in the ALC semifinals in each of them.

In addition, she assumed the role of head coach of the Canadian national team in 2011 and led them to the Gold Medal game of the 2013 World Cup, marking the first time the Canadians advanced beyond the semifinals.

Venechanos (pronounced: ven-eh-CHAN-ohs) was named the second head coach of the OSU lacrosse program July 1, 2010, after spending four years as the the head coach at Massachusetts following a three-year stint as assistant coach Northwestern and a successful playing career at Maryland.

"The Ohio State University has a phenomenal reputation both academically and athletically and I am honored to be named its next women's lacrosse coach," Venechanos said upon her hiring. "I look forward to aiding in the tradition of success for these student-athletes on and off the field and taking this next step in my professional career with the Buckeye family."

A winner on every level, Venechanos has been a part of four NCAA titles (as a player and coach) and a total of eight conference championships. She replaced Sue Stimmel, who resigned from her position in May as the only previous head coach in Buckeye program history.

Venechanos inherited a UMass program in August 2006 that had not been to the NCAA tournament in over 20 years and within three seasons, took the Minutewomen back to the postseason for the first time in a quarter century. They went on to make a second-consecutive NCAA trip in 2010, punctuating a career already marked by a pair of Atlantic 10 championship tournament titles (2009, 2010), an Atlantic 10 regular-season title (2009) and three appearances in the A-10 Tournament championship game.

In all, Venechanos registered an overall record of 36-38, including double-digit wins in each of the last two years, an Atlantic 10 regular-season record of 18-10 and an A-10 tournament record of 5-1. Prior to taking over the program at UMass, Venechanos served as the first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northwestern for the 2004-06 seasons, helping the Wildcats to the first two of five-consecutive national championships. They posted a 56-4 record during that span, winning 93 percent of their games, including a 41-1 record in her last two years.

Venechanos primarily mentored the goalies and defense at Northwestern, placing the defensive unit among the nation's best. In her final season in 2006, the Wildcats led the nation in scoring margin and were in the Top 5 in scoring defense, all with a rookie goalie. In the undefeated season of 2005, Venechanos tutored NU goalkeeper Ashley Gersuk as she posted the NCAA-best GAA and earned ALC Goalie of the Year honors, while helping the team become the top scoring defense and hold the largest scoring margin in the nation.

As a player, Venechanos was an All-America goalie at the University of Maryland, the winningest women's lacrosse program of all-time, where she captured two national championships in 2000 and 2001. The Terps went 73-15, an 83 percent win mark, during her four seasons in College Park, including a 23-0 mark in 2001, Venchanos' first as starting goalie.

As a senior captain in 2003, Venechanos was the recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award, given to the nation's top goalkeeper. She also was a consensus first team All-American, as well as first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and ACC Tournament MVP. Despite playing the second half of the season with a torn ACL, Venechanos posted 164 saves vs. 121 goals allowed and was in the Top 10 nationally in both save percentage (.575) and goals-against average (6.62).

The 32-year old Venechanos (born Feb. 23, 1981) is a native of Yorktown, N.Y. where she was a three-sport athlete at Yorktown High School in lacrosse, basketball and soccer. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Maryland.

VENECHANOS YEAR-BY-YEAR

Year

School

Position

Record

Pct.

NCAA Tournament

Notes

2000

Maryland

Goalie

21-1

.954

NCAA Champions

2001

Maryland

Starting Goalie

22-0

1.000

NCAA Champions

ACC Champions

2002

Maryland

Starting Goalie

11-10

.529

NCAA Quarterfinals

ACC Champions

2003

Maryland

Starting Goalie

18-4

.818

NCAA Semifinals

ACC Champs
National Goalie of the Year

2004

Northwestern

Asst. Coach
Recruit Coord.

15-3

.833

NCAA Quarterfinals

ALC Champions

2005

Northwestern

Asst. Coach
Recruit Coord.

21-0

1.000

NCAA Champions

ALC Champions
No. 1 Def. in NCAA

2006

Northwestern

Asst. Coach
Recruit Coord.

20-1

.954

NCAA Champions

ALC Champions

2007

Massachusetts

Head Coach

8-9

.471

n/a

n/a

2008

Massachusetts

Head Coach

7-11

.389

n/a

A-10 Finalists

2009

Massachusetts

Head Coach

11-8

.579

NCAA First Round

A-10 Reg. Season Champs
A-10 Tournament Champs

2010

Massachusetts

Head Coach

10-10

.500

NCAA Play-In Game

A-10 Tournament Champs

2011

Ohio State Head Coach 10-7 .588 n/a ALC Semifinals
2012 Ohio State Head Coach 11-6 .647 n/a ALC Semifinals
2013 Ohio State Head Coach 8-10 .444 n/a ALC Semifinals
2014 Ohio State Head Coach 13-7 .650 NCAA First Round ALC Semifinals
TOTALS

@ Maryland

73-15

.830

Two NCAA Titles

Three Conference Titles

@ Northwestern

56-4

.933

Two NCAA Titles

Three Conference Titles

@ UMass

36-38

.483

Two Conference Title

@ Ohio State

42-30

.583

Total

209-87

.706

Four NCAA Titles

Eight Conference Titles

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"I am very excited for Alexis to have the opportunity to be a head coach at a great place like Ohio State University. She has had a lot of success as an assistant coach at Northwestern and a head coach at Massachusetts and she was a great player for us at the University of Maryland. This is a great pick by Ohio State and she will be a great head coach." - Cindy Timchal, Navy head coach (former Maryland head coach)

"It was my pleasure to work with Alexis Venechanos during her time at Northwestern. Alexis is a proven coaching talent and she will bring great vision to the Ohio State women's lacrosse program. It is an honor to have her join our conference." - Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Northwestern head coach

"Alexis Venechanos is a proven winner, a great motivator and has great character. She knows what it takes to be the best and I know that she is going to do great things at Ohio State." - Angela McMahon, UMass head coach (former UMass assistant coach)

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