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Ohio State University Athletics
J. Owens Memorial Stad, 2450 Fred Taylor Dr Columbus, OH 43210
Division 1 Ohio Midwest
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Amy Bokker

Amy Bokker was named the third head coach in Ohio State women’s lacrosse program history in June 2019. Bokker came to Ohio State from Stanford, where she led the Cardinal to six conference titles and eight NCAA tournament appearances over 11 seasons as head coach.


In Bokker’s first season at Ohio State (2020), the Buckeyes were 5-4 and had not yet started Big Ten play before the season was ended abruptly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-nine Buckeyes earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades, 23 garnered Academic All-Big Ten mention and 10 were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. In 2021 the Buckeyes played a Big Ten only schedule, with the slate highlighted by sweeps of two-game series vs. both Michigan and Penn State. Three Buckeyes earned All-Midwest Region honors, led by first team choice Liza Hernandez. Hernandez was a First Team All-Big Ten honoree and MK Bonanni, Lindsay Epstein and Jillian Rizzo were all named to the conference’s second team. Bonanni and Rizzo were also second team all-region selections. The squad was outstanding academically, with 37 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes, 24 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 14 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.


Bokker owns a record of 254-174 as a head coach over 25 seasons at American, George Mason, Stanford and Ohio State. The Phoenixville, Pa., native also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team. In 2013, Bokker helped coach the U.S. to the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup title. After joining the staff as an assistant in 2010, Bokker helped coach the U.S. to its seventh world title as the Americans outscored opponents by a combined 127-34 over seven games in Oshawa, Ontario.


Bokker assisted the Canadian National Team in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, where it captured the bronze medal, the first medal the country had won in 28 years.


Bokker received her first head coaching position at American University in 1997, leading the Eagles to a school-best 8-8 record and earning the 1997 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year award. During her time at American, Bokker was also the assistant for field hockey.


Following the success at American, Bokker was named head coach at George Mason and immediately made an impact by leading the team to its first winning record. During her tenure at George Mason, Bokker led the team to six Top 20 finishes, including a final national ranking of No. 16 in 2008 when the Patriots went 12-5 to set a single-season record for wins.


Prior to Bokker’s arrival at Stanford, the program had just one NCAA appearance in its history. She quickly transformed the Cardinal into a mainstay in the postseason tournament mix, leading the team to a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament crown in her first season at the helm. Over 11 seasons, Bokker became the winningest coach in Stanford history, with a record of 151-59. Stanford won a school-record 16 games in 2011 and claimed at least 12 victories in all but one season under Bokker. In 2018, Bokker led the Cardinal to the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament title.


Bokker was a two-time All-CAA first-team pick and BRINE/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American at William and Mary, where she also played field hockey. She earned her master’s degree from George Mason in exercise, fitness and health promotion in 2007. Bokker and her husband, Scott, have a son, Chase, and a daughter, Lulu.

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Gabby Capuzzi

Gabby Capuzzi, who both played and coached at Ohio State previously, returned to Columbus as the Buckeyes’ associate head coach in July 2020.


Capuzzi, a four-year letterwinner from 2009-12 and assistant coach from 2012-14 with the Buckeyes, spent the last six seasons at Navy, where she held the titles of assistant coach (2015-18) and associate head coach (2019-20). Capuzzi’s primary focus was on Navy’s defense, while she also had an active role in recruiting.


Capuzzi started a term as the Division I representative for the IWLCA Board of Directors July 1.


A second team All-American during her time with the Scarlet and Gray, Capuzzi led the team with 42 goals, 52 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers in 2012. She is third in career draws (166) and owns two of the Top 10 single-season records in that category.


Following her playing days, Capuzzi remained with the program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an assistant coach. She served as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator and draw specialist. In 2014, Capuzzi helped Ohio State finish 13-7 and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Over her six seasons at Navy, the Midshipmen won 80 games and in 2017 became the first Service Academy team from a women’s sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four. Navy won Patriot League titles in 2017 and ’18 and registered at least 13 wins in every full season it played during Capuzzi’s tenure.


Despite the shortened season, the Midshipmen finished the 2020 campaign ranked No. 21 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, extending their streak 38 consecutive weeks in the national polls, dating back to the final rankings of the 2017 season.


Capuzzi coached six All-Americans, one Tewaraaton Top 25 finalist and three Patriot League Midfielders of the Year during her time in Annapolis. A total of 22 student-athletes garnered All-Patriot League honors between 2015-19. Her impact on Navy’s program was immediate: in 2015, her first season, Navy ranked 10th in the country in scoring defense at 7.75 goals per game. The Mids held 13 of their 20 opponents under 10 goals and 10 players finished with 10 or more caused turnovers. Under Capuzzi, Navy recorded three of the Top 4 seasons in school history for caused turnovers and two of the three best performances for ground balls. In 2017 and 2018, the Mids set the school record for draw controls.


Following the 2017 campaign, Capuzzi competed as part of Team Italy in the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England. She finished with 29 goals – tied for most in the tournament – to help Italy to an 11th place finish in its first World Cup. The next year, Capuzzi led the New England Command to the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) championship title with a 12-11 victory over the top-seeded Baltimore Brave at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md.


After earning her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication with a minor in media production and analysis from Ohio State in 2012, Capuzzi went on to graduate with a master of science in sports administration and leadership from Duquesne University in June 2014. Her husband, Greg Solomon, was a catcher for the Ohio State baseball team from 2011-13.

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Taylor VanThof

Taylor VanThof, a two-time second-team All-American during her career at Loyola (Md.) and a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist, joined the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team as an assistant coach in Summer 2020.


VanThof came to Columbus after spending the last year as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. Prior to the season being cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huskies were 5-2 overall and had scored 19 or more goals in four of their five wins.


Drafted 14th overall by the Philly Fire in the 2019 WPLL Spring Draft, VanThof wrapped up a successful four-year career as a member and team captain of the Loyola (Md.) women’s lacrosse team, where she owns the school record for the most draw controls in a single game (21), season (146) and career (392). She also became just the third player in Patriot League history with 100 draws in multiple seasons.


VanThof is still active with the WPLL and is currently a member of the Command.


The 2019 Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, VanThof amassed 103 goals and 26 assists during her career. In addition to being named a 2018 Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist, VanThof has was also honored as an IWLCA Second Team All-American and an Inside Lacrosse Third Team All-American in both 2018 and 2019, as well as earned three selections to the All-Patriot League first team and the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.


Off the field, VanThof held assistant coaching roles with the Lady Roc, Coppermine and SEVEN Lacrosse Training programs. From 2015-19, VanThof served as the head coach of the Greene Turtle Lacrosse team where she provided instructional sessions and skill development for the youth teams.


A native of Livonia, N.Y., VanThof earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration: marketing from Loyola (Md.) in May 2019.

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