Slippery Rock University

No Program Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Division 2 Pennsylvania Northeast
Public Medium National competitor

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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.

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Sarah Lamphier

Sarah Lamphier was named assistant coach for the Slippery Rock University women’s lacrosse program in September of 2017.


Lamphier came to The Rock after serving as head coach at Guilford College for five seasons. While at Guilford, Lamphier went 48-37 (.565) and guided the Quakers to the program’s best five-year run in school history.


In 2013, Guilford was 17-2 overall and a perfect 10-0 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference competition. Lamphier was then named the ODAC Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading Guilford to a 12-7 record and the program’s first trip to ODAC conference championship game. The Quakers won 21 more games over Lamphier’s final three seasons as head coach.


During her time at Guilford, Lamphier coached one Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, seven IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region award recipients, 18 All-ODAC honorees and two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.


Prior to Guilford, Lamphier was the head coach at Bard College for three seasons (2009-12). In addition to coaching several lacrosse club teams, Lamphier has also served as an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Trinity College (2007-09) and Siena College (2006-07).


As a player, Lamphier, whose maiden name is Berheide, was a two-sport standout at Skidmore College. A four-year starting goalkeeper for the lacrosse team, Lamphier holds Skidmore career records in goals against average (7.01) and save percentage (.594). She was named the Upstate Women’s Lacrosse Goaltender of the Year in 2005. She also led the Skidmore field hockey team to three NCAA Tournament appearances over a four-year career.


Lamphier received a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies, magna cum laude, from Skidmore in 2006. She went on to earn her master’s degree in American studies from Trinity College in 2009.


Lamphier and her husband, Jon, are the proud parents of two sons, Jonas and Ezra.

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