Longwood University

Longwood University Athletics
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Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones enters her seventh year as head coach of the Longwood women’s lacrosse program in 2018-19, having led the Lancers to Big South quarterfinals appearances all six seasons as a member of the league to go along with two top-three finishes.


Formerly the head coach at the University of California Davis, Jones is responsible for all aspects of the Longwood program, including oversight of practice and game preparation, game strategy and recruiting. In her six seasons at the helm, Jones holds a 23-20 record in the Big South and a 47-62 overall record.


In her time as the head coach, Jones has mentored 19 All-Big South honorees including the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year in Shiloh McKenzie and the program's all-time points leader Katie McHugh.


Her 2018 squad saw a second-straight 7-11 overall record while Riley Dolan set the program mark for single-season assists (63) and Imani West broke the single-season ground balls record (67). The Lancers saw 5 All-Big South selections from Molly Barkman, Riley Dolan, Hollyn Royster, Imani West and Dana Joss.


The Lancers accumulated a 7-11 season overall and 3-4 in conference play in 2017 and saw the return of young talent and experienced veterans. 2016 Preseason All-Big South selection Madison Stair and All-Big South members Riley Dolan and Imani West headlined a senior class that led Longwood to their sixth Big South quarterfinals finish in as many seasons.


After her squad ended the 2016 season with a 4-4 record in conference play, Jones’ team attracted a slew of Big South accolades, including Shiloh Mackenzie’s Co- Defensive Player of the Year selection, coinciding with her All-Big South first team honors.


McKenzie was one of three of the program’s most accomplished seniors to graduate in 2015, joining all-time points leaders Sarah Butler and Katie McHugh. The trio was the first group to spend all four years under Jones, and culminated a fantastic senior season in which McKenzie earned the program’s first-ever Big South Defensive Player of the Year award. In addition, Butler and McHugh ended their careers ranked among the school’s top five all-time in goals, assists and points, with McHugh setting Longwood’s all-time career and single season points records.


Longwood ended the 2015 year 8-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play to pick up a No. 5 seed in the Big South tournament. The .500 Big South record secured the program’s fourth consecutive top-five finish for the Lancers under Jones.


Longwood finished 9-10 overall in 2014, including a 5-2 record in the Big South Conference, advancing to the conference tournament semifinals as the No. 3 seed. That team was also led by Butler, who earned her second straight All-Big South first team honor.


In her first year with the program, Jones guided Longwood to a 10-8 overall record, including a 5-2 Big South record in the league's inaugural year for the sport. Her squad took third place at the Big South Conference Championship, as well.


Jones served as the head coach of the UC Davis program from 2001-12 and compiled an overall record of 97-90 (.519) during her tenure, including six winning seasons. She led the Aggies to a top-five NCAA Division II national ranking for three consecutive years (2002-04) and helped the program make a successful transition to Division I, as her squad posted a solid 10-9 record during its first season playing a predominantly DI schedule in 2005. In 2012, she coached the school’s first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Co-Rookie of the Year and Regional Division I All-American.


Some of Jones’ accolades at UC Davis include earning a DI Statistical Award for leading the nation in draw controls in 2011 and garnering LaxPower’s Most Improved DI Women’s Lacrosse Program in 2010. She has coached a total of eight All-Americans and 18 All-MPSF selections. Off the field, Jones has also showed a commitment to academic excellence, developing 37 Academic All-MPSF honorees, eight IWLCA All-Academic Team members, two Academic All-America selections, one Academic All-District honoree, one IWLCA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and an NCAA Woman of the Year winner.


Prior to joining the staff at UC Davis, Jones served as the assistant director of compliance, as well as the head coach of the club women’s lacrosse team at the University of Southern California from 1998-2001. Jones began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts from 1993-95.


Jones was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American student-athlete at the University of Virginia, leading the Cavaliers to four straight national postseason appearances, including a National Championship in 1991. She later played four years on the Elite Squad of the U.S. National Team.


A native of Baltimore, Md., Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1992 before continuing on to receive her Master of Science in sport management from Massachusetts in 1996 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 1998.

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Jenna Kasmarik

Longwood women’s lacrosse head coach Elaine Jones has added former Winthrop University standout and 2015 Big South Offensive Player of the Year Jenna Kasmarik to her staff as an assistant coach in advance of the 2018 season, Jones’ seventh at the helm of the Longwood program.


A two-time All-Big South first team performer in 2014 and 2015, Kasmarik returns to the Big South after assistant coaching stints at St. Bonaventure, Division-II Lindenwood, Lassiter High School and the Atlanta Blaze, as well a head coach stint for Eagle Stix Lacrosse.


A native of Suwanee, Ga., Kasmarik is among the most decorated players in Big South lacrosse history and was instrumental in leading Winthrop to the 2015 Big South Championship during her senior season. After beginning her collegiate career at Johns Hopkins University, Kasmarik transferred to Winthrop after her sophomore season and helped turn the program around from an 8-11 season in 2014 to a 17-4 follow-up in 2015. During that breakout senior year, Kasmarik led the nation in goals per game and set the Big South and Winthrop single-season goals record with 78. She was voted by the league’s coaches as Big South Player of the Year and All-Big South first team, joining former Lancer standouts Sarah Butler and Shiloh McKenzie on the first team that same year.


In her two season in Rock Hill, S.C., Kasmarik amassed 145 goals, 12 assists, 100 draw controls, 26 caused turnovers and 37 ground balls in 39 games. She was also a five-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week and saw her Big South career culminate with a five-goal performance in the conference championship game against Liberty, leading the Eagles to a 13-8 five-goal win over the Flames.


That decorated playing career paved the way for Kasmarik’s career in coaching, which has seen her climb from the high school and club ranks to the Division I level, where she most recently coached at St. Bonaventure of the Atlantic 10. At St. Bonaventure, Kasmarik assisted head coach Chelsea Rosiek in all aspects of running a Division I program, specifically in coordinating the offensive unit, organizing and executing practice plans, preparing scouting reports, breaking down film, and recruiting.


A history major at Winthrop and Johns Hopkins, Kasmarik also succeeded in the classroom at both Johns Hopkins and Winthrop and has continued that academic focus as a coach. She earned Dean’s List honors and American Lacrosse Conference Honor Roll recognition at Johns Hopkins and went on to continue that success as an Eagle, earning Big South Presidential Honor Roll honors every year. She also became a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, and won the 2015 Rock Hill Coca-Cola Award which is presented to the male and female athlete who demonstrates talent, integrity and spirit.


Kasmarik also earned her master’s degree in writing from Lindenwood in December, 2017, completing those degree requirements while also serving as a graduate assistant coach.


Prior to ascending to the Division I level of coaching, Kasmarik served as Lindenwood’s graduate assistant coach and oversaw the offense while assisting with goalkeepers. Prior to that, she was a community coach at Lassiter High School where she served as the varsity offensive coordinator.


After her graduate assistant season at Lindenwood, Kasmarik became a head coach for Eagle Stix Lacrosse – a role she still serves – for the 2020 Blue, 2018 Blue, 2022 Blue and 2024 teams.


At Longwood, Kasmarik will assist Jones in preparing a veteran-laden Longwood squad for the 2019 season, which will begin in February. The Lancers return six starters and 13letterwinners from the 2018 team, including All-Big South performers Molly Barkman, Dana Joss and Kaitlin Luccarelli.

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