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Stanford University

Stanford University Dept of Athletics
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Danielle Spencer

Danielle Spencer was named head coach of Stanford women's lacrosse on June 12, 2019. She is the seventh head coach in program history and enters her fifth season at the helm of the program in 2024.


In seven seasons as a head coach, Spencer boasts a career record of 65-39, a conference mark of 37-13 and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.


After the 2020 campaign was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was Spencer's first full season on The Farm. Spencer guided Stanford to the best win percentage in school history (.916) and the Cardinal won the 2021 Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in program history.


In 2021, Stanford (11-1, 7-0 Pac-12) completed an undefeated regular season at 9-0 and had the best start to a season (11-0) in program history. The Cardinal won its first Pac-12 regular season title since the league's inception in 2018 and finished the year ranked No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Following the season, senior Ali Baiocco, the Pac-12 Attacker of the Year, was named to the IWLCA All-America second team - the first Cardinal All-American since 2018 and 11th in program history.


In 2022, Stanford (12-7, 8-2 Pac-12) swept the conference championships, winning both the Pac-12 regular season and Pac-12 Tournament titles. Ashely Humphrey burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman, setting the program, conference, and NCAA records for assists in a season with 88. She was named an IWLCA All-American and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year while Ali Baiocco repeated as Pac-12 Attacker of the Year and Kara Rahaim claimed the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year award. The Cardinal finished the season ranked No. 19 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.


2023 saw Spencer guide Stanford to seven all-conference selections and two player of the year awards in the Pac-12. Kara Rahaim was named Pac-12 Co-Goalkeeper of the Year while Annabel Frist was named the inaugural Draw Specialist of the Year. Ashley Humphrey also built upon her stellar season in 2022, leading the conference in assists for the second-straight season with 42, moving her career total to 130, the second-most in Pac-12 history. Her 199 points are also the fourth-most career points in both the history of the Pac-12 and Stanford.


Spencer, who served as an assistant at Stanford in 2012, returned to The Farm after she turned around the Dartmouth program in just three years and earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors in each of her final two seasons. Spencer inherited a program coming off three consecutive losing campaigns, but the Big Green won 11 games in her second year and captured an Ivy League regular season title in her third season.


In 2019, Spencer guided Dartmouth to its first Ivy title since 2011, tying Princeton for the top spot in the conference standings. The Big Green earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, a first for the program since 2013.


Along the way, Spencer's 2019 team established several program and Ivy League records. The 272 goals and 401 total points both set new program standards, while the 312 draw controls set a new Ivy standard and eclipsed the old mark by more than 50.


Spencer's second season was a resurgence for the Big Green as the team returned to the postseason for the first time since 2013 and finished the year 11-5. For her part in guiding the team back to the Ivy League Tournament and maintaining a spot in the nation's top-20 most of the season, Spencer was named the Ivy League Co-Head Coach of the Year.


In three years under her guidance in Hanover, six Dartmouth players received First Team All-Ivy honors as the Big Green finished 29-19 (.604) overall and 13-8 (.619) in conference play.


Prior to Dartmouth, Spencer spent four seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Northwestern, and one year on the sidelines at Stanford.


During her coaching stint in Evanston, Spencer helped Northwestern to four NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of berths in the Final Four (2013, 2014). The Wildcats also won a conference title in 2013 and finished in the top 10 of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll in all four seasons.


As the recruiting coordinator, Spencer was responsible for continuing to bring top players into the program, including the group in 2014 that was ranked as the best recruiting class in the nation.


A four-year standout at Northwestern from 2006-10, Spencer was a part of three national championship teams (2007, 2008, 2009) and one national runner-up (2010) during her outstanding playing career.


Spencer finished her four seasons with the Wildcats having played in 83 games, making 65 starts. Her career totals ranked among the best in Northwestern's storied history as she finished with 193 goals (7th), 238 points (8th) and 203 draw controls (3rd). The 110 draw controls as a senior was the third-most by a collegiate player in NCAA history at the time.


A three-time all-conference player, she earned first-team recognition as both a junior and senior, while being honored on the second team during her sophomore campaign. As a player, Spencer was a two-time All-American, nabbing first-team honors as a senior in 2010, a year after claiming second-team recognition. As a senior, Spencer also earned All-America honors from WomensLacrosse.com and WomensLax.com.


Most recently, Spencer played with the Boston Storm of the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX) during the first season for both the team and league. Spencer and her teammates finished as the league runner-up, falling in the championship game. In 2018, she played for Upstate Pride of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). She was tied for third in the league, averaging 4.0 goals per game, while also leading the league with 8.0 draw controls per contest.


In October 2018, the Brighton, New York, native was named a member of the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018.


Spencer graduated from Northwestern in 2010 with a degree in social policy.

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Grace Gavin Kennedy

Grace Kennedy was promoted to Assistant Coach of Stanford Lacrosse in July, 2023 after serving as Volunteer Assistant Coach during the 2022-23 season. A 2011 graduate of Loyola University of Maryland, Kennedy helped lead the Greyhounds to a 17-3 overall record, a Big East Conference Championship, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and a no. 5 national ranking by her graduation in 2011.


Kennedy played a pivotal role in the progress of Loyola University of Maryland's lacrosse program, helping the team improve dramatically from a 2-14 record in 2006 to a top-five nationally ranked squad by her senior year.


Kennedy earned significant individual accolades during her playing career as well. She was named a Tewaaraton finalist, a Honda Sports Award finalist, and a two-time IWLCA All-American during her four years as a Greyhound. Kennedy consistently earned recognition at the regional and conference level as well, being named a four-time Regional IWLCA All-American, a two-time Big East Attacker of the Year, a four-time All-Big East selection, and a two-time Big East All-Tournament selection.


Kennedy hold's Loyola's career record for goals (229), season records in points (98) and goals (71), and scored at least one point in 70 of her 71 career games, including a goal in 68 career contests. During her career with the Greyhounds, Kennedy led the team in goals and points in each of her four years.


Kennedy is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, where she attended high school at St. Paul’s School for Girls (’07). She lives with her husband, Kyle, a Navy Veteran attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and their two dogs, Zoe and Cooley.

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Kelsey Howard

Kelsey Howard enters her first season on The Farm in 2023-24.


Most recently, Howard has worked with Colby College Women's Lacrosse, serving as Assistant Head Coach since 2021 and previously as an assistant coach since 2018. While at Colby, Howard has led the offensive unit, taking control of play calling duties and developing scouting reports while also assisting in recruiting.


Howard also spent time at Bentley University as a Volunteer Assistant Coach and with Maineiax Lacrosse Club where she led 20 players to collegiate rosters. Howard has worked closely with the IWLCA, serving as the organization's treasurer and Division III Coaches Poll Master.


Howard is a two-time graduate of Bentley University, where she earned her Master's Degree in 2017 and her Bachelor's Degree in 2015. Howard played lacrosse and field hockey at Bentley, an NCAA Division II athletics program.


Howard earned Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region honors, was a Northeast-10 Conference all-league selection, and earned conference all-academic honors during her time at Bentley. She was Bentley's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and a captain for both teams.

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Zach Tamburello

Zach Tamburello enters his first season on The Farm in 2023-24.


Tamburello previously spent time as an assistant coach at Bryant University where he was in charge of both recruiting and offensive coordinator duties. While with the Bulldogs, Tamburello helped guide the team to conference-best marks in points per game and assists per game while also leading players to program records in points per game and goals per game.


Prior to his time at Bryant, Tamburello spent five years at Roanoke College, serving both as an assistant coach and head coach while in Salem, Virginia. As the head coach, Tamburello helped to guide the Maroons to a 16-5 overall record in the spring of 2022, culminating with the team's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009. He also led Roanoke to a No. 24 national IWLCA ranking, the program's first top-25 ranking since 2009.

Tamburello Produced eight all-conference selections in 2022, four IWLCA All-Region honorees, and one IWLCA Lacrosse All-American player. He also guided Roanoke to its first conference player of the year since 2016.


Prior to his time in Salem, Tamburello served as an assistant coach in Claremont, California with the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Tamburello is a 2010 graduate of Radford University with a degree in Exercise, Sport and Health Education.

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