Morrisville State College

Morrisville State College Athletics
80 Eaton Street Morrisville, NY 13408
Division 3 New York Northeast
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Taryn Burkholder

Taryn Burkholder returns to Morrisville State College as head coach of the women's lacrosse program in the fall of 2017.

Burkholder returns to sidelines she once called home, having served as assistant coach during 2014-15, when the team captured its first ever North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Title and NCAA Division III Tournament bid. Morrisville State repeated their championship reign this past season.

Following her stint with the Mustangs, Burkholder took charge as head coach of the Muskingum University program, and across two seasons posted an overall record of 12-22. Burkholder led the Fighting Muskies to their first ever victory, its first ever out-of-state win and first ever Ohio Athletic Conference win.

Burkholder originally came to Morrisville State from Buffalo State, where she served as assistant coach of the women’s lacrosse program for the 2013-14 season with former Morrisville State head coach Kelsey Schwan. While at Buffalo, she assisted the program to an overall 8-7 record against several top ranked teams, with one of the program’s victories coming against 16th ranked SUNY Brockport.

Prior to her stint with Buffalo State, Burkholder spent a year with her alma mater, Niagara University (Division I), on the sidelines in an assistant capacity, working primarily with the defensive unit.

Burkholder anchored the Purple Eagle defensive unit over the course of four years, three as a starter. For two seasons she served as captain, leading the team in ground balls and caused turnovers her final season.

The West Seneca, N.Y. native continues to be active in the lacrosse community, having served in a coaching capacity with the Pure Heart Lacrosse Club and Hamburg Knights Lacrosse Clubs in the Buffalo area for more than three years.

Throughout high school she starred in the midfield for West Seneca West, earning All-League honors throughout her career and All-Western New York honors as a senior. In 2007 Burkholder was selected as an alternate for the Empire State team.

Burkholder earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Niagara University in 2012.

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Kathryn Shamel

Head women’s lacrosse coach, Taryn Burkholder, announced the addition of Kathryn Shamel as assistant coach for the 2019 season during the fall, and will have the former Muskingum University goalkeeper oversee the defensive unit along with the keepers for the upcoming season.

Aside from her duties on the field, Shamel will also be assisting in recruiting and coordinating the team’s academic efforts.

Shamel, who played for Burkholder for two seasons at Muskingum, came to SUNY Morrisville following graduation in May from the University.

“I am pleased to have Kate join our coaching staff,” Burkholder said.

“I had the pleasure of coaching her for two years, she is a hard worker and her passion for the game will have a big impact for our team, and I’m excited to see what she will bring to our team!”

During her four-year career with the Muskies, she finished second twice in saves within the Ohio Athletic Conference, and earned a slot on the USA Athletes International team that completed in Berlin and Prague during the summer of 2017.

The starting keeper guided the USA team second place in the championship game of the Berlin Open against the Czech National Team, and again in the Prague Cup against the same team.

While at Muskingum, Shamel was actively involved in the Athletic Training Club, serving as vice president; was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as secretary for two years, and was a member of the Chi Alpha Nu Sorority that concentrated on community service.

The athletic training major had volunteer opportunities with the Columbus Marathon and Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and Tournaments in softball and track and field.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in athletic training in May 2018, dual majoring with a bachelor’s of health and fitness.

A native of Tuscarawas, Ohio, Shamel is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is also pursuing her certification as a strength and conditioning coach.

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