San Diego State University

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5500 Campus Drive San Diego, CA 92182
Division 1 California Southwest
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Kylee White

Kylee White, a four-time member of Canadian World Cup teams, enters her eighth season as San Diego State women's lacrosse head coach in 2019. Women's lacrosse became the 19th collegiate sport at SDSU in 2012 and the first addition since 2000, when women's indoor track and field began competition.

White has transformed San Diego State's fledgling program into a top contender in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, highlighted by its first-ever conference championship in 2018.

Under White's guidance, the Aztecs' established a program standard with 11 wins during their historic 2018 campaign, finishing with double-digit victories in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Individually, SDSU also set a program record with seven student-athletes named to the all-MPSF team, including Harlowe Steele (38) and Jill Haight (37), who gave the Aztecs two scorers with 35 goals or more in the same season for the first time ever, while Kirstie Greenlaw, Mackenzie Lech, Marissa MacRae, Elizabeth Rourke and Katy Sharretts received all-conference recognition as well. In addition, SDSU collected a league-high 15 MPSF Player of the Week awards during the regular season and had seven individuals merit MPSF all-academic honors for their outstanding work in the classroom. As a team, SDSU was among the nation's best in the circle, averaging conference-high 15.26 draw controls per game, which ranked 14th in the country.

With White at the helm, SDSU completed another memorable slate in 2017, culminating in its first-ever postseason triumph with a conquest of Oregon in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Championships. Fueled by the offensive production of first-team all-MPSF honoree Kristen Hickey, as well as the defensive exploits of second-team selections Mackenzie Lech and Katrina Reeves, the Aztecs recorded double-digit wins for the first time in program history, finishing with a 10-8 mark overall. The Scarlet and Black posted a 6-1 record during a month-long homestand in March, including a pair of overtime wins over New Hampshire and Cal. The Aztecs displayed their tenacity on defense throughout the year, ranking 15th nationally with nearly 11 caused turnovers per game. Following the season, Lech, Reeves and Steele were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Squad after earning MPSF all-academic distinction along with Natalie Peel.

Facing one of their most difficult schedules that included four teams ranked in the top 12 nationally, White led SDSU to a 4-11 record and 3-6 mark in conference play during the 2016 campaign. Despite their finish, the Aztecs allowed the second-fewest goals in program history (190), while Felice Artuso garnered second-team all-MPSF accolades. In addition, the Scarlet and Black excelled in the classroom, with nine players receiving MPSF all-academic distinction for the second year in a row.

In 2015, White piloted San Diego State to a 9-8 mark and a fifth-place finish in the MPSF, resulting in its second-straight MPSF Tournament appearance. The Aztecs set a program mark for wins and produced a school-record seven-game winning streak. San Diego State saw three of its own pick up all-MPSF accolades, as Christina Ricciardulli and Lauren Paul became the first two Aztecs to earn first-team honors, and Michaela Jarvis was named to the second team. The Aztecs also found success off the field, with nine student-athletes garnering MPSF All-Academic honors, a program best.

White led SDSU to its first postseason berth in program history in 2014, as the Aztecs began the season with a 4-0 mark, and set several new program records including most conference victories (4), most road victories (4) and most player of the week honors (6). San Diego State also had Michaela Jarvis, Christina Ricciardulli and Lauren Paul named to the all-MPSF second team, while the Aztecs played a challenging schedule that featured four teams that made the NCAA Tournament and six teams that were ranked or received votes in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the Brine Women's Media Poll.

The Aztecs made good progress under White the second season in program history, finishing with eight wins overall and three victories in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play. In the process, SDSU had a program-best four-game winning streak from March 10-22, capped off with its first victory over conference foe Oregon. In addition, the Aztecs had three players earn MPSF Player of the Week honors, as sophomore Christina Ricciardulli, sophomore Bailey Ewing and sophomore Madison Wallace were each all-MPSF second-team selections.

In her first season at San Diego State, White led the Aztecs to five victories in their inaugural campaign, including two wins in MPSF action. SDSU claimed its first victory in program history on Feb. 17 with a 14-9 decision over Cincinnati at Aztec Lacrosse Field. SDSU then earned a close 11-10 win vs. Saint Mary's (March 2), followed by cruising to a 15-8 victory over Fresno State in the Aztecs' final home game (March 20). SDSU closed out its first season on a high note by winning two of its last four games, including a 19-6 victory at Regis University (April 7) and a close 13-12 win at Saint Mary's (April 13).

It addition to the successful campaign, White coached two players to all-conference honors in her first year on Montezuma Mesa. Madison Wallace and Meris Walsh garnered all-MPSF second-team honors after each had a tremendous first year as an Aztec. Wallace started all 15 games in defense for SDSU, while collecting 25 ground balls and causing 11 turnovers on the season. Walsh, meanwhile, also started 15 contests en route to scoring a team-high 47 goals and adding three assists for a team-leading 50 points in her sophomore campaign.

"Kylee White has participated in lacrosse at the collegiate and international level as both a student-athlete and coach," said former San Diego State Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. "She possesses a tremendous will to win, and an intensity and drive to build our program the right way. As a former scholar-athlete and all-Big Ten performer, Kylee understands that having a great program means not just achieving success on the playing field, but developing our student-athletes as scholars and citizens."

"It's an honor to be selected as the first head women's lacrosse coach at San Diego State University," White said. "I'm excited to join the Aztec family and to help continue the development and growth of lacrosse in the West. SDSU has a great tradition of academic and athletic excellence and I'm looking forward to building a program that encompasses these same standards."

In 2010, White came to Montezuma Mesa after spending two seasons at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., where she served as the first assistant coach, instructing the midfield and defensive players. White was also the coordinator of recruiting and team travel.

During her two years at Loyola, the Greyhounds went 22-13 (.629) and earned a trip to the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament for the first time in program history, while leading the nation in caused turnovers per game in both 2009 and 2010. In addition, White helped coach a second-team All-American in 2010 and four all-region selections.

"I learned a lot (in) two years with Loyola University," White said. "I wanted to thank (Loyola head coach) Jen Adams for her mentorship in preparing me for this incredible opportunity."

Prior to Loyola, White returned to her alma mater at Ohio State in 2008, where she served as an assistant coach. While in Columbus, White helped the Buckeyes to a 10-8 record. OSU finished the season ranked 11th in the country in ground balls per game.

Before Ohio State, White worked three seasons on the staff at Stanford where she helped the Cardinal to three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. Stanford became the first program west of the Mississippi River to earn a bid to the NCAA Division I Championships.

White was also an assistant coach of Canada's U-19 team that finished fourth in the 2007 World Championships. Four of the players White coached were named to the All-World Team after the competition.

A native of London, Ontario, Canada, White has played in four IFWLA World Cups for her native country. In 2001 and 2005, she helped Canada to a pair of fourth-place finishes. White led the Canadians to its first bronze medal in 27 years in the 2009 World Cup, and propelled them to a silver medal in the 2013 World Cup played in Canada. At the 2005 tournament, she ranked in the top five for caused turnovers per game and was nominated for the All-World team. In November 2016, White was inducted into the London (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame.

A four-year letterwinner at Ohio State, White (formerly Kylee Reade) was a four-time Buckeye scholar-athlete pick and an Academic All-Big Ten performer on three occasions. She co-captained the 2002 squad to an 11-5 mark, runner-up finish in the American Lacrosse Conference, and Ohio State's first NCAA bid. White caused 28 turnovers in 2001 and still ranks among the OSU all-time leaders in caused turnovers and ground balls.

White was a two-year member of the Ohio State Student-Athlete Advisory Board and served as a co-captain of the inaugural Ohio State women's varsity hockey team in 1999-2000.

White also played on the inaugural U19 Canadian National Team in 1995 and helped lead the team to a fourth-place finish at the First World Championship.

The former Kylee Reade earned her bachelor of science degree in education in 2002. She and her husband Todd White have two sons, Lincoln and London, and a great dane named Astro.

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Brandi Padilla

Bio entering 2019 season.

Brandi Padilla is in her seventh season at San Diego State as an assistant coach after joining the Aztec coaching staff in August 2012.

With Padilla serving on the SDSU staff, the Aztecs have garnered 39 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-academic honors and 22 all-conference selections.

In her role, Padilla works primarily with the SDSU attack and draw takers. Her work has proved vital to the team’s success, with the Aztecs posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history in 2017 and 2018.

Thanks in part to Padilla’s efforts, San Diego State won a school-record 11 games during the 2018 campaign, culminating in the Aztecs’ first-ever MPSF championship with an 11-10 overtime thriller over UC Davis in the conference title game.

Individually, Padilla was instrumental in the emergence of Harlowe Steele (38) and Jill Haight (37), who earned all-MPSF honors after becoming the first SDSU duo to score more than 35 goals apiece. In addition, the Aztecs landed five other players on the all-conference team and garnered a league-high 15 MPSF Player of the Week accolades.

Collectively, San Diego State ranked 14th nationally in draw controls (15.26/gm), with Haight (74) and Steele (58) taking over the top two spots on the squad’s single-season charts in that statistic.

The 2017 campaign was also a banner year for the Aztecs, who posted double-digit wins for the first time since the program’s inception after finishing with a 10-8 record. SDSU capped its breakthrough season with its first-ever postseason victory with an 18-13 triumph over Oregon in the MPSF quarterfinals.

Under Padilla’s guidance, senior Kristen Hickey led the Scarlet and Black with 34 goals, which ranks fifth on the school’s single-season list, earning first-team all-conference honors in the process.

Padilla also aided in the development of Christina Ricciardulli, who also received first-team all-MPSF recognition in 2015 after helping the Aztecs to their first winning season at 9-8, highlighted by a second straight conference tournament appearance. Individually, Ricciardulli finished ninth among MPSF competitors during the regular season with 2.06 goals per game and second with 0.94 free position goals per contest. Michaela Jarvis, who topped SDSU with 21 assists, also garnered all-MPSF second-team accolades.

Additionally, Jarvis and Ricciardulli picked up all-MPSF second team honors in 2014, courtesy Padilla’s leadership. Jarvis led SDSU with 39 points on 19 goals and 20 assists during the 2014 campaign, while Ricciardulli bolstered the team with 54 draw controls and ranked second on the squad with 28 goals while occupying the third spot with 32 points.

A four-year letterwinner during her collegiate playing career at Maryland, Padilla started at midfielder and helped lead the Terrapins to the 2010 national championship as well as three straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles (2009-11). The Poway, Calif., native landed a spot on the IWLCA All-America team in 2009 to go with all-ACC distinction.

Padilla was instrumental in Maryland's championship run in 2010, tallying 22 goals and 13 assists as one of the top scoring threats for the Terps. In the national championship game, she scored two goals and handed out an assist in a 13-11 victory over Northwestern.

Padilla led Maryland back to the NCAA finals in 2011 after notching 21 goals, 29 draw controls and 15 ground balls on the year. Despite the team falling short in the title game rematch vs. Northwestern, she was named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team.

Prior to Maryland, Padilla was a four-sport star at Poway High School in lacrosse, volleyball, basketball and track and field. In lacrosse, she earned all-CIF honors on three occasions and was twice named CIF Player of the Year. Padilla was also a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and she was tabbed an Under Armour All-American in 2007.

The former Brandi Jones is a 2011 graduate of Maryland, earning a bachelor's degree in family science. She and her husband, Eddie Padilla, a strength and conditioning coach at San Diego State, have two sons, Teddy and Tyson.

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Taylor Gait

After a standout four-year playing career at Syracuse University from 2015-18, Taylor Gait joined the Aztec lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2019.

A three-year captain as a collegian, Gait made 61 starts in 82 appearances at midfield, playing for her father, Gary Gait, who was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. During that span, she netted 99 points on 72 goals and 27 assists to go with 51 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers and 14 draw controls.

As a senior in 2018, Gait tallied a career-high 31 points on 18 goals and a personal-best 13 assists to earn All-Northeast Region honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

After sitting out her first two years at Syracuse due to injury, Gait enjoyed one of her finest campaigns as a redshirt freshman in 2015, ranking fifth on the team with a career-best 27 goals to help the Orange capture their first ACC tournament championship and reach the national semifinals. The Fayetteville, N.Y., native capped her stellar rookie campaign by earning a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team after notching two goals, three ground balls and one caused turnover in a narrow 10-8 loss to Maryland in the semifinals.

Along with her success on the field, Gait also excelled in the classroom, landing on the athletic director's honor roll in nine semesters while earning ACC all-academic honors on three occasions.

In addition to her time at Syracuse, Gait brings a wealth of international playing experience as a member of the Canadian National Team since 2016, winning silver medals with her squad at the 2017 World Cup in Guildford, England, as well as the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, that same year.

Gait received her bachelor's degree in the business and entrepreneurial program at Syracuse in 2016, before earning a master's in entrepreneurship from the university in 2018.

Following her postgraduate studies, Gait moved to San Diego and became involved as a coach at the club level with the RC Lacrosse Club, Scripps Lacrosse Cub and Mad Dog Lacrosse San Diego. She also worked as a coach and director at her father's lacrosse camp in Syracuse prior to her relocation.

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