Kelsey Van Alstyne
Kelsey Van Alstyne was named the head lacrosse coach at Slippery Rock in July 2017.
Van Alstyne, a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg with a degree in exercise science, returned to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference after spending three seasons as the head coach at Division III Morrisville State, where she led the team to a pair of conference titles, two NCAA playoff appearances and never posted a losing record.
The Burnt Hills, New York native guided Morrisville to an 11-8 record and a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) title in 2015 in her first year with the program. That conference title led the Mustangs to their first ever appearance in the NCAA playoffs. Van Alstyne followed that up with a 9-9 showing in 2016 and an appearance in the NEAC semifinals before capping her three years at Morrisville last spring with a 13-6 record, a second NEAC title and another trip to the NCAA playoffs.
She finished her three-year stint at Morrisville with a 33-23 overall record and had a total of 20 student-athletes named to All-Conference teams, including at least one major award winner in each season. She coached the Rookie of the Year and overall Player of the Year in 2015 and coached the Defensive Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Van Alstyne was also named the conference’s Co-Coach of the Year last spring.
In addition to her head coaching responsibilities at Morrisville, Van Alstyne also served as the athletic department’s head strength and conditioning coach for two years, proving instruction and training for 11 men’s and women’s teams. She also spent time in the classroom, teaching Freshman Year Experience courses for two years.
Prior to joining the staff at Morrisville, Van Alstyne served one season as the interim head lacrosse coach at Buffalo State, where she led the team to an 8-7 overall record in a season that featured six games against teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the national poll, the highlight of which was a win over No. 16 Brockport. She moved into that role after serving as an assistant coach for one year with the Bengals.
Prior to her time at Buffalo State, Van Alstyne served as an assistant coach for one season at Ithaca College and also served one year as a strength and conditioning assistant at Cornell University. In her one year at Ithaca, the program went a perfect 7-0 in conference play and the coaching staff was named Staff of the Year by the Empire-8 Conference.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Van Alstyne has also coached USA teams in International competition in Australia and Germany in 2016 and 2017 and has worked at various camps, including the Nike Cup.
Van Alstyne’s collegiate athletics career began at West Chester University, where she played volleyball for one season and earned PSAC Scholar-Athlete honors. She transferred to Bloomsburg University following her freshman year and played three years of lacrosse for the Huskies, serving two seasons as captain and earning Scholar-Athlete honors in each of those years.
After earning her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg, Van Alstyne went on to earn her master’s degree in sports management from SUNY Cortland in 2014. She is married to Chris Van Alstyne, who is currently the head strength and conditioning coach at Hamilton College.
Van Alstyne, whose maiden name is Kelsey Schwan, becomes the third head coach of The Rock women’s lacrosse program since the school reinstated the sport at the varsity level in 2007.