St. Josephs University (PA)

Saint Joseph's University Athletic Dept
5600 City Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19131
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Alex Kahoe

A five-time National Champion, three time All-American, and two-time NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year, Alex Kahoe is currently in her sixth seasona s the head coach of the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse program.


At Saint Joseph's, Kahoe has coached 23 Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections, including the 2016 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and 2019 Offensive Player of the Year, eight Academic All-Conference selections, and a 2016 IWLCA All-Region Second Team honoree.


Kahoe has led the Hawks to four consecutive trips to the A-10 semifinals; she became the first coach in program history to lead SJU to back-to-back postseason appearances, in 2016 and 2017, and has since led the Hawks to four postseasons in a row.


Her 2019 squad, led by Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year Francesca Donato, posted 11 wins to reach double-digits for the third consecutive season. The Hawks placed fourth in the Atlantic 10 standings and won their quarterfinal game against VCU to reach the Atlantic 10 semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. Three Hawks – Donato, Sinead Brierley, and Bridget Cerciello – earned All-Conference First Team nods while Lauren Figura, Sophia Kolkka, and Sarah Platt were tabbed for the All-Rookie Team.


In 2018, one of the most historic seasons in Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse history, Kahoe guided the Hawks to a 12-7 overall record as SJU broke the record for wins in a season for the second year in a row. Saint Joseph's finished the A-10 regular season with a 7-2 record for the third consecutive year to finish third in the league, and Kahoe went on to lead the Hawks to an A-10 quarterfinal win over George Mason as the Hawks reached the A-10 semifinals for the third year in a row. Under Kahoe's direction, the Hawks landed spots on the A-10 First Team (1), A-10 Second Team (2), and A-10 Rookie Team (2) in a season in which SJU broke program records in points (389), goals (262), assists (127), and shots (618), all improvements on records broken the previous season.


Kahoe's Hawks won eight A-10 games between the regular season and postseason, matching the most single-season league wins in program history. In the midst of those eight wins, Kahoe led the Hawks to seven consecutive victories from April 8 through May 3, marking the longest winning streak in program history.


Kahoe directly worked with graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan, who broke SJU's single-season program record for goalkeeper wins (12), and saw junior attacker Rebecca Lane break the career record for assists (73).


In 2017, Kahoe led the Hawks to an 11-7 overall record as the Hawks broke the then-program record for wins in a season. Saint Joseph's finished the A-10 regular season with a 7-2 record for the second year in a row to tie for second in the league and earn a first-round bye for the A-10 Championship. Kahoe coached six Hawks to 2017 All-Conference honors, including the First Team duo of attacker Nora McCallion and defender Kristen Kelbon.


Faced with adversity in the goalkeeper position, Kahoe worked directly with walk-on goalkeeper Amelia Deibler, and in her first season as a collegiate lacrosse goalkeeper, Deibler matched the then-program record for goalkeeper wins in a season, with 10.


In 2016, Kahoe guided the Hawks to a 9-10 overall record - the third-highest, single-season win total in program history at the time - alongside eight Atlantic 10 wins, the most single-season league wins in program history. In the midst of those eight A-10 wins, Kahoe led the Hawks to six consecutive victories from April 3 through April 22, marking the second longest winning streak in program history.


Picked to finish eighth in the 2016 A-10 preseason poll, SJU finished the regular season tied for second and earned the fourth seed for the program's first postseason appearance since 2009. With the Hawks' A-10 quarterfinal win over Davidson, SJU earned its second postseason win in program history, and first since 2009.


Kahoe was the only Division I coach in the nation to take a team that went winless (0-8) in regular-season league play in 2015 to a winning record (7-2) in regular-season league play in 2016; of the 10 Division I teams that went winless in their respective leagues in 2015, nine of those teams combined for six regular-season league wins in 2016; Saint Joseph's earned seven alone.


Kahoe coached five Hawks to 2016 All-Conference honors, including the 2016 A-10 Rookie of the Year, Rebecca Lane. Under Kahoe's direction, Lane became SJU's second A-10 Rookie of the Year in program history, while 2016 marked the first year since 2009 that the Hawks earned First Team recognition. Saint Joseph's three First Team picks and two Rookie Team selections matched program-best numbers in each category, while 2016 also marked the first year that three Hawks earned All-Academic honors in the same season.


In 2015, Kahoe coached the Crimson and Gray to a 5-11 overall record, including a 5-3 non-conference record for a .625 non-conference winning percentage. She earned her first collegiate win as a head coach with SJU's 13-12 triple-overtime victory over American on February 18.


The Hawks led the Atlantic 10 in draw controls per game (12.31) and ranked second in the A-10 and 10th nationally in caused turnovers per game (9.88) at the conclusion of the season.


Under Kahoe's direction, Nora McGeever set the program record for most saves in a game (22) while Aly Gormley earned A-10 All-Rookie Team accolades.


“We are pleased and fortunate to have Alex and her rich experience as a scholar-athlete, with six NCAA championship rings and extensive international service join the Hawk Hill community,” said former Director of Athletics Don DiJulia. “Our student-athletes will greatly benefit from her leadership and passion to enhance their experience as Everyday Champions.”


“I am incredibly excited about the vision and direction of the athletic department and the women's lacrosse program,” said Kahoe upon her appointment. “It is an exciting time to be a Hawk.


“SJU has tremendous resources academically, athletically, and geographically, in terms of both the university and the sport. I look forward to working with this team and leading them into a new era. I am excited to work with the student-athletes and to help guide them to being the best they can be on and off the field. I would like to thank Don DiJulia, Renie Shields, Jim Brown, and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to be the head women's lacrosse coach at St Joe's. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Saint Joseph's University family.”


Kahoe served as an assistant coach at five Division I programs over 13 seasons from 2000 to 2013. Kahoe helped guide those teams to seven NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, including four Final Four appearances, and the 2001 NCAA and ACC titles with the University of Maryland. Kahoe also coached four Tewaaraton Award winners and two members of the 2009 USA World Cup Championship team.


Kahoe spent the 2014 season as the head girls varsity lacrosse coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. At SCH, Kahoe also served as the project manager for the Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership where she researched, created, and implemented the new curriculum and programs associated with the center.


Prior to her stint at SCH, Kahoe simultaneously served as the assistant women's lacrosse coach for both the Canadian World Cup National Team and the University of Vermont squad from the fall of 2011 through the summer of 2013.


Kahoe coached the Canadian National Team to the 2013 World Cup silver medal, which marked the first time in Canadian women's lacrosse history that the program had defeated Australia and qualified for the championship game.


At Vermont, Kahoe helped guide the Catamounts to the 2013 America East Tournament and a triple-overtime win over then-#15 Dartmouth for the program's first win over the Big Green since 1993 and the first win over a nationally-ranked team since 2008.


Kahoe spent five seasons with Duke University between 2006-11 during which time the Blue Devils reached the NCAA Tournament all five seasons with three Final Four appearances. Duke took home three Tewaaraton Awards and landed 14 Blue Devils on the IWLCA All-America Team in those five seasons, while reaching the ACC Finals in 2009.


Kahoe also has a proven track record of success in the classroom. During her five seasons with the Blue Devils, Duke had 27 ACC All-Academic Team selections, three IWLCA Academic Team honors and 2008 IWLCA Merit Squad honors for boasting the third-highest team GPA in Division I women's lacrosse.


Serving as the associate head coach from 2005-06 and the assistant coach from 2003-05, Kahoe coached the University of Delaware to its first-ever CAA Tournament with an appearance in the 2005 semifinals. From 2002-03, Kahoe coached two IWLCA Mid-Atlantic All-America selections at the University of Pennsylvania.


Kahoe started her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, and in two seasons, she helped guide the Terrapins to the 2001 NCAA title.


She was the co-owner and director of Fuel Lacrosse and Sports, LLC for eight years, where she directed plans and oversaw lacrosse camps and clinics throughout the year.


A 2000 graduate of Maryland, Kahoe was a part of the teams that won five national championships and three ACC championships. A three-time All-American and ACC Goalie of the Year, and two-time NCAA Goalie of the Year, she also earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 1997. Kahoe was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on October 3, 2014.


Kahoe was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002 and was selected to the NCAA 25th Anniversary All-Time Women's Lacrosse Team in 2005. Most recently, she was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, officially welcomed in on September 29, 2018.


She was a member of the USA National Lacrosse Team from 1997-2005 and was selected to the USA World Cup Lacrosse Team in 2003. Additionally, she competed for the Ireland World Cup Team that finished fifth in 2009.


Kahoe received a bachelor's of science double degree in criminal justice and sociology from Maryland in 2000 and a master's of business administration in sports management and marketing from Delaware in 2006.


She also served as an assistant coach of the Philadelphia Force, one of four teams of the inaugural United Women's Lacrosse League, in its inaugural season.


Kahoe has two daughters, Leighton and Mackinley.

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Julia Braig

Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse head coach Alex Kahoe has announced the addition of Julia Braig to the coaching staff as the Hawks' newest assistant coach, it was announced in August. A two-time NCAA champion with the University of Maryland, Braig concluded her decorated four-year career in May 2019.


The 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association National Defender of the Year, Braig enjoyed a successful career at College Park from 2016-19, where she was twice tabbed an All-American First Team selection by both the IWLCA and by Inside Lacrosse as well as the back-to-back Big Ten Defender of the Year for her junior and senior seasons (2018, 2019).


The four-year starting defender was also a two-time Tewaaraton nominee, two-time IWLCA All-Region First Team pick, and two-time All-Big Ten Tournament Team selection in 2018 and 2019. Braig was also a three-time All-Big Ten honoree (2017-19) and earned IL All-American Honorable Mention accolades and IWLCA All-Region Second Team recognition as a sophomore.


Braig amassed dominant career numbers in ground balls (103) and caused turnovers (78) as a Terp and helped lead her squad to a four-year record of 87-4, which included an undefeated 45-0 home record. As a senior, she helped Maryland to a 22-1 record while anchoring a defense that held 16 of 23 opponents to under 10 goals, en route to 2019 NCAA All-Tournament Team accolades.


Braig graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in economics in May 2019. A native of Reisterstown, Md. and product of St. Paul's School, Braig currently resides in Philadelphia.

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Caroline Steele

Caroline Steele has joined the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse coaching staff in time for the 2020 season.


Steele comes to Hawk Hill after an illustrious career at the University of Maryland, with whom she won a pair of national championships in 2017 and 2019. A two-time nominee for the Tewaaraton Award, she was recently named to Maryland’s All-Decade Team.


“We are happy to welcome Caroline Steele as our assistant coach,” head coach Alex Kahoe said. “Caroline has great knowledge and passion for the game along with her championship experience. We are excited to see the impact she makes with our team on Hawk Hill.”


“I am so excited to join the Saint Joseph’s family,” Steele said. “The women’s lacrosse program has been consistently improving since Alex has taken over. I truly look forward to showing my worth and value for this team, as I have gained such valuable exposure to this wonderful game over my years of playing and coaching. What’s so great about this program is that we have a staff that is incredibly devoted to putting this team on the right path to success.”


Steele earned All-NCAA Tournament Team honors in 2017 as she helped lead Maryland to the national championship; she would go on to become an IWLCA All-America selection in both of her final two seasons with the Terrapins, each time garnering a nomination for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation’s top player. She capped off her collegiate playing career with a second NCAA title in 2019.


A native of Severna Park, Maryland, Steele was twice named to the All-Big Ten Team and earned All-Region First Team honors as a junior. A two-time All-Big Ten Tournament selection, she was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore in 2017. All told, Steele finished her career with 205 goals, good for seventh on Maryland’s all-time list, as well as 59 assists and 264 career points. She then went on to play for the Pride in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.


“Caroline will be an excellent lacrosse coach for Saint Joseph’s,” said Maryland head coach Cathy Reese, who coached Steele during her career with the Terrapins. “She has a great passion for the sport and a tremendous personality that will rub off on everyone around her. A four-year starter for us, Caroline was essential to our success on the offensive end and I know she will take that and become a phenomenal coach.”


Steele joined former teammate Julia Braig and Hawk great Rebecca Lane in rounding out Kahoe’s staff for the 2020 season.

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