SAN DIEGO - Kylee White, a three-time member of Canadian World Cup teams and former Ohio State player, has been named the first head women's lacrosse coach at San Diego State, Aztec director of athletics Jim Sterk announced Friday. Women's lacrosse becomes the 19th collegiate sport at SDSU and the first addition since 2000, when women's indoor track and field began competition.
"Kylee White has participated in lacrosse at the collegiate and international level as both a student-athlete and coach," Sterk said. "She possesses a tremendous will to win, and an intensity and drive to build our program the right way. As a former scholar-athlete and all-Big Ten performer, Kylee understands that having a great program means not just achieving success on the playing field, but developing our student-athletes as scholars and citizens."
"It's an honor to be selected as the first head women's lacrosse coach at San Diego State University," White said. "I'm excited to join the Aztec family and to help continue the development and growth of lacrosse in the West. SDSU has a great tradition of academic and athletic excellence and I'm looking forward to building a program that encompasses these same standards."
White comes to Montezuma Mesa after spending two seasons at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., where she served as the first assistant coach, instructing the midfield and defensive players. White was also the coordinator of recruiting and team travel.
During her two years at Loyola, the Greyhounds went 22-13 (.629) and earned a trip to the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament for the first time in program history, while leading the nation in caused turnovers per game in both 2009 and 2010. In addition, White helped coach a second-team All-American in 2010 and four all-region selections.
"I learned a lot over the past two years with Loyola University," White said. "I wanted to thank (Loyola head coach) Jen Adams for her mentorship in preparing me for this incredible opportunity."
Prior to Loyola, White returned to her alma mater at Ohio State in 2008, where she served as an assistant coach. While in Columbus, White helped the Buckeyes to a 10-8 record. OSU finished the season ranked 11th in the country in ground balls per game.
Before Ohio State, White worked three seasons on the staff at Stanford where she helped the Cardinal to three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. Stanford became the first program west of the Mississippi River to earn a bid to the NCAA Division I Championships.
White was also an assistant coach of Canada's U-19 team that finished fourth in the 2007 World Championships. Four of the players White coached were named to the All-World Team after the competition.
A native of London, Ontario, Canada, White has played in three IFWLA World Cups for her native country. In 2001 and 2005, she helped Canada to a pair of fourth-place finishes. At the 2009 World Cup, White led the Canadians to its first bronze medal in 27 years. At the 2005 tournament, White ranked in the top five for caused turnovers per game and was nominated for the All-World team.
A four-year letterwinner at Ohio State, White (then Kylee Reade) was a four-time Buckeye scholar-athlete pick and an Academic All-Big Ten performer on three occasions. She co-captained the 2002 squad to an 11-5 mark and runner-up finish in the American Lacrosse Conference. White caused 28 turnovers in 2001 and still ranks among the OSU all-time leaders in caused turnovers and ground balls.
White was a two-year member of the Ohio State Student-Athlete Advisory Board and served as a co-captain of the inaugural Ohio State women's varsity hockey team in 1999-2000.
White, who earned her bachelor of science degree in education in 2002, is married to Todd White.
Release courtesy of San Diego State
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