Lusk will begin her tenure as the 12th head coach of women’s lacrosse in 2018-19. She comes to Oneonta after successful stops at Herkimer County Community College, Oswego State and, most recently, at Hartwick College.
While at Hartwick the past two years, Lusk guided the Hawks to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in over a decade including an 8-6 record this past spring. In 2017, her first season with the Hawks, she guided the squad to a 10-6 mark. In addition to her duties as head coach, Lusk also served as the coordinator of physical education and advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Under Lusk’s tutelage seven individuals earned All-Empire 8 honors while the program earned academic honors from both the Empire 8 and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association earning a team GPA of over 3.0.
While at Oswego, Lusk was responsible for recruiting, budget planning, practice planning, game scheduling, tactical preparation, fundraising, monitoring grades and team building for both Laker lacrosse and field hockey programs.
In 2016, she guided her lacrosse team to one of the most successful seasons in program history, tying a program record with 12 victories to go along with its first SUNYAC playoff appearance since 2005. The win total included a 13-12 upset of nationally ninth-ranked Brockport in the regular season finale.
Lusk’s Oswego athletes earned 33 All-Conference selections, three SUNYAC Rookie of the Year awards, three All-Regions selections, and one athlete was named an IWLCA All-American.
As the head coach for HCCC in 2007, Lusk guided the Hawks to an appearance in the regional championship game while earning a berth to the NJCAA national tournament where the team placed third. That spring, she was selected as NJCAA Region Coach of the Year.
As a student-athlete, Lusk attended HCCC, where she played lacrosse for two seasons in 2004 and 2005. She was a member of the school’s inaugural women’s lacrosse season and helped the Generals to a 12-1 record the following season. She was a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American, a two-time NJCAA All-Tournament Team pick, named the HCCC Female Athlete of the Year, as well as a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete.
Lusk is a native of East Springfield, NY and attended Cherry Valley-Springfield High School where she graduated in 2002. She graduated from Herkimer with an Associate degree in Science in Physical Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in May 2007 from SUNY Cortland and earned her master’s degree in Science and Education from SUNY Cortland in 2010.