Allison Kwolek has helmed the UR women's lacrosse program since the 2013 season. She has led the squad to three-consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship game appearances.
In Feburary, 2015, the former U.S. National Team standout defender was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Potomac Chapter. In 2016, she was named an assistant coach for the Boston Storm during the inaugural season of the United Women's Lacrosse League, the world's first professional lacrosse league for female athletes.
Under her tutelage, the UR program has qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament and advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship title game in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
An All-CAA midfielder at William & Mary and defender on the U.S. National Team, she served on the coaching staffs at her alma mater, Columbia and Dartmouth, before taking over as the head coach, as the former Allison Evans, at Richmond in the fall of 2012.
Richmond finished the 2016 season with an impressive run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, finishing second after qualifying sixth. The team finished the season with a 9-10 record, while five different Spiders were tabbed to All-Conference squads.
The Spiders won 10 games again in 2015, capturing six home wins and winning six A-10 games, as well as boasting the A-10 Rookie of the Year in Kim Egizi. For the second year in a row, the team was just one of two in the league to post a sub-10 goals-against average.
Richmond finished with 11 wins in 2014, the most victories for the Spiders since their last Atlantic 10 Championship season in 2007. The Spiders finished 7-2 at home and allowed just 7.83 goals per game for the 2014 season, a new record low total.
Taylor Blazer was awarded the league's Defensive Player of the Year, and was one of four Spiders to earn All-Conference honors in 2014.
In her first season at Richmond, the Spiders tied for third place in the Atlantic 10. Five Spiders earned All-Conference recognition and standout senior Caitlin Fifield was named to the prestigious Tewaaraton Watch List.
Kwolek, an Annandale, Virginia native, returned to her home state after spending two years as an assistant at Dartmouth College. While in New Hampshire, she helped guide the Big Green to back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2011 and 2012. The back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament were the first for Dartmouth since 2005 and 2006. She also helped guide Dartmouth to the school’s first-ever Ivy League Tournament title in 2012.
Kwolek coached 12 All-Ivy honorees in her two seasons at Dartmouth, including two Player of the Years (2011, 2012) and one Rookie of the Year. Additionally, she cultivated 10 IWLCA All-Region honorees and four All-Americans.
In 2012, she helped lead the Big Green to five wins over top-20 opponents. Defense was an integral part of her coaching focus as Dartmouth was ranked 16th in the country, 1st in the Ivy League in that area.
Prior to Dartmouth, she was the top assistant coach at Columbia while earning her master’s degree in sports management. She was primarily responsible for the defense and midfield players, mentoring two All-Ivy honorees.
Before Columbia, Kwolek spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, William & Mary. While there, the Tribe won the 2009 CAA regular season title, achieved a top-20 ranking and set single-season records for goals and points.
She was a standout midfielder for the Tribe, earning All-CAA honors twice in her career (2002, 2003). She was elected captain as a senior, and finished her stellar collegiate career with 116 points. In 2006, Evans was named to the prestigious US National Elite Team and also served as a coach's trainer for the US Lacrosse organization.
Kwolek earned her master's degree in sports management from Columbia in 2012 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from William & Mary in 2003.
She married her husband Mark in Williamsburg in December of 2014. They reside in Richmond.