Bucknell University

Bucknell University
Kenneth Langone Ath & Rec Ctr-One Dent Dr Lewisburg, PA 17837
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Jackie Dando

Jackie Dando, who won better than 62 percent of her games as head women’s lacrosse coach at Lebanon Valley over the previous seven seasons, was named the new head coach of the Bucknell women’s lacrosse program on Dec. 23, 2019.

Dando led the Bison to a 3-5 record during a 2020 campaign abbreviated due to the COVID-19 public health threat. She won her first two games at the helm of the program, as Bucknell dispatched Sacred Heart (18-9) and Binghamton (16-9) in commanding fashion.

In 2021, Dando's Bison went 3-6 (3-5 Patriot League) and placed two on the All-Patriot League Team. Bucknell finished one spot shy of clinching the South Division's final bid to that season's Patriot League Tournament.

Dando took over the Lebanon Valley women’s lacrosse program in 2013, just three years after it was reinstated as a varsity sport, and in the seven years since then the team compiled an 82-49 (.626) overall record and a 41-14 (.745) mark in the MAC Commonwealth Conference. The Dutchmen qualified for the conference tournament in each of those seven seasons, culminating with the program’s very first league championship in 2019. After beating Stevenson 10-5 in the MAC Commonwealth final, Dando’s squad then defeated Merchant Marine 13-11 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament before falling to eventual runner-up Salisbury in the second round.

Dando was named MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year in 2018, when her team went 13-5 overall, 7-1 in league play, and advanced to the tournament final for the first time. Her teams captured ECAC Division III Tournament titles in 2013 and 2014, and in her seven years at Lebanon Valley Dando coached three All-Americans, eight IWLCA All-Region selections, six IWLCA North-South All-Star Game participants, four conference players of the year, one conference rookie of the year, and 18 all-conference honorees.

Dando’s Lebanon Valley teams also excelled in the classroom. The Dutchmen were recognized as an IWLCA Academic Honor Roll Squad in each of the last seven years. In addition to her coaching duties, Dando was the advisor for Lebanon Valley’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and she coordinated the LVC Step UP program, which promotes bystander intervention.

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Dando graduated from Messiah College with a degree in journalism in 2009. She was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the Messiah lacrosse team, and she helped lead the squad to the first two MAC championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in school history. She was a two-time Academic All-American, and at the time of her graduation she ranked eighth in team history with 115 career goals, seventh with 44 assists, and eighth with 159 points. Dando also played one season of field hockey at Messiah and was part of a team that went all the way to the national championship game in 2005.

Dando got her start in coaching as an assistant at Haverford in 2010 and 2011. She helped guide the Fords to a school-record 13 wins in 2010 and the first two postseason appearances in team history. Dando was named interim head coach at Haverford in the summer of 2011 before departing for an assistant coach position at Villanova for the 2012 season.

Dando also has extensive club and international coaching experience. This past summer she traveled to Australia as a coach with the Beyond Sports Tour, and she has plans to go to Italy in the Summer of 2020 as a coach with the AIST Tour.

Dando served as head coach of the Xtreme Lacrosse Club from 2013-18 and of the Philly Blast Lacrosse Club in 2012. She was the director and host of the Summer Genesis Club Tournament in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

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Kirkland Lewis

Kirkland Lewis joined the Bucknell women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in November 2020.

Lewis, who was most recently the head coach at Division III Whitman College, serves as the Bison's defensive and recruiting coordinator. She is heavily involved in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, having served as an Outreach Committee Chair, a Northwest Conference Representative and an All-Region Committee member; in addition, she is on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and is a US Lacrosse Diversity and Inclusion Clinician.

Lewis helmed the Blues for three seasons. Only the second head coach in program history, she coached two IWLCA All-Region honorees in Olivia Engle and Sage Ali. In addition, her players earned 11 All-Northwest Conference citations.

At Whitman College, Lewis was also responsible for conducting camps and clinics, fundraising and building a recruiting database. For two of her three seasons, she was the only coach on the Blues' staff.

Before her time at Whitman College, Lewis was an assistant coach at Division II University of District of Columbia for three seasons. Also the defensive and recruiting coordinator, she monitored the Firebirds' academic progress and oversaw all of the program's community service projects.

Lewis broke into the collegiate coaching ranks ahead of the 2014 season by joining Division III Randolph-Macon College's staff as an assistant coach. There, she served as the program's defensive coordinator and goalkeeper coach; in addition, she was instrumental in the Yellow Jackets' community service efforts, social media initiatives and off-season fitness programming.

Lewis played collegiate lacrosse for Division I Old Dominion University, where she was coached by former United States National Team head coach Sue Stahl. Following her graduation in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, she obtained her master's degree in sports administration from Delaware State University. In 2013, she captained the Division I Hornets' inaugural varsity lacrosse team.

Lewis also has experience coaching at the club level. Over the course of her career, she has worked for Ultimate Lacrosse Club (2008-12, 2015), Storm Lacrosse Club (2013-14), Elevate Lacrosse Club (2016-17) and the Tenacity Project (2019).

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Haley O’Hanlon

Haley O’Hanlon, a former Colgate standout who is one of only seven women’s lacrosse players in Patriot League history to earn First Team All-Patriot League honors four times, joined the Bucknell women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2021.

“I am thrilled to welcome Haley to the Bucknell lacrosse family,” said head coach Jackie Dando. “As a former team captain at Colgate and one of the best midfielders ever to play for that outstanding program, Haley knows all about what it takes to be successful in the Patriot League from the standpoint of leadership, academics and the hard work on and off the lacrosse field that is a requirement for success. I am excited to have Haley work specifically with our draw specialists, midfielders, and attackers. Haley is a competitor, and we cannot wait to bring her intensity to the field.”

O’Hanlon, who spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach while completing a masters of business administration at Wilkes University, is one of Colgate’s all-time leading scorers. She ranks sixth in assists (67), eighth in goals (136) and ninth in points (197) on Colgate’s career charts, and she is also the Raiders’ career leader in draw controls with 217.

O’Hanlon was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2015, she is a three-time IWLCA All-Northeast Region selection, and she was not only invited to the 2018 IWLCA North-South All-Star Game, but she was named the MVP after recording three goals and four draw controls in her North team’s 12-11 victory.

After graduating from Colgate with a degree in sociology, O’Hanlon played professionally with the Baltimore Ride of the United Women’s Lacrosse League in 2018. After working in the media industry New York City for a year, she joined the collegiate coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Wilkes in August 2019.

A native of Garden City, N.Y., O’Hanlon served as the Colonels’ offensive coordinator and also worked closely with the draw specialists and goalies. She also monitored the team’s academic progress and played a key role in recruiting.

For the last two seasons, O’Hanlon has also coached the NEPA Rattlers club lacrosse team. She helped the club earn its very first tournament wins during its inaugural season in 2020, and she helped several players land spots on college teams. O’Hanlon also previously coached with Liberty Lacrosse in Long Island, N.Y.

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