Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb Athletics
110 S. Main St - PO Box 997 Boiling Spring, NC 28017
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Jessie Aguglia

Jessie Aguglia is in her second season in charge of the Gardner-Webb University lacrosse program, taking over as the full-time head coach following the 2019 season. Aguglia served as interim head coach during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Gardner-Webb lacrosse experienced a boost under Aguglia, setting a single-season wins mark in 2019 and posting the program's first winning record in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium. The Runnin' Bulldogs also experienced their first three-game win streak in mid-March with wins over Wofford, Delaware State and Butler.

Aguglia mentored three All-Big South Conference second-team selections in Talen Francis, Abby Hanscom and Moninque Martin in 2019. Hanscom, a three-time All-Big South choice, set the GWU single-season mark with 42 goals and added 14 assists to pace the squad. She ranked in the top-5 in both goals and total points among Big South scorers.

Aguglia took over the program following a stint as an assistant coach with the Runnin' Bulldogs. She joined the Gardner-Webb program from NCAA Division II UVA-Wise, where she served as an assistant coach in 2016. With Aguglia’s help, the Cavaliers posted an 11-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Mountain East play.

Prior to her arrival at UVA-Wise, Aguglia served as the head varsity coach at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, S.C. during their inaugural season.

Aguglia spent her collegiate career at nearby Limestone College, where she helped the Saints to four consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, and two berths in the national championship game in 2011 and 2013.

The Webster, N.Y. native made 77 appearances over the course of her four-year career, totaling 66 goals, 11 assists, and 77 points. She also tallied 106 ground balls, 52 draw controls and caused 36 turnovers.

An outstanding student as well, Aguglia earned an induction in both the National College Athletics Honor Society and the History Honor Society in addition to a pair of President’s Awards at Limestone in 2011 and 2013. Aguglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Limestone in 2013.

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Grace Sisserson

Grace Sisserson is in her first year as an assistant lacrosse coach at Gardner-Webb University. She joined the Runnin’ Bulldogs after two seasons in the same role at Wofford College.

Sisserson played a role in the start of Wofford’s program, joining the Terriers prior to their first season on the field in 2018.

Grace Sisserson joined the Wofford women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August of 2017. During her two seasons on staff, the Terriers showed improvement and produced four All-Southern Conference selections – along with two SoCon All-Freshman Team selections.

Sisserson saw Alexandra Foulke, Ally Furnari and Kelsey Thompson each post second-team All-SoCon honors in 2019, with Furnari also collecting All-Freshman accolades.

The Terriers went 2-15 in their inaugural season, playing with a young roster that included 13 freshmen.

Sisserson helped coach junior defender Monica Branch to a Second Team All-SoCon selection, while freshman Hannah Mutch was also placed on the All-Freshman team. Mutch scored the first goal in program history in the opener and was named SoCon Offensive Player of the Week twice on the year.

A 2017 Winthrop graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a legal studies minor, Sisserson played lacrosse for the Big South Conference member all four seasons during her college career. The Eagles won a pair of league titles and made two NCAA Division I Tournament appearances during her time in campus. She earned Dean’s List and Presidential Honor Roll recognition during her time at Winthrop as well.

Sisserson was a junior golf intern for the PGA of America in the summer of 2016. She coordinated volunteer and staff schedules for events, organized pairings and tee times, and supervised and facilitated tournament operations dealing with social media, expenses, and sponsorships. From January to May of 2016, she was a marketing and operations intern for Winthrop athletics and in 2013 she spent time helping with Winthrop's gameday operations.

Sisserson has experience coaching at many clinics and camps. She has helped with the AC Lacrosse summer clinics, Winthrop summer camps, Lambert High camps, and was the U-13 (2013) and U-8 (2012) youth Lacrosse Coach in Suwanee, Ga.

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