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Virginia State University

Virginia State University Athletics
P.O. Box 9058 Petersburg, VA 23806
Division 2 Virginia Northeast
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Ashley Lawrence

The 2023-24 season will mark Ashley Lawrence's first season as the inaugural Head Coach of the Virginia State University Women's Lacrosse team in 2023. The Trojans Athletic Department previously announced the addition of women's lacrosse as an official university-sponsored sport in 2022.


Prior to her arrival at VSU, she lived in her hometown Syracuse, New York and was the Head Coach for the Girls JV Lacrosse Program within the Syracuse City School District. Lawrence worked closely with the Valley Youth Lacrosse program in Syracuse.


Before moving back to her hometown, she went to Washington, D.C., and founded the Girls' Varsity lacrosse program at High Point High School in Beltsville, MD where she coached for three seasons so Lawrence is no stranger to starting a program from scratch.


Lawrence started coaching career in Syracuse, NY at her alma mater Corcoran High School.


She played college lacrosse at Howard University from 2007 to 2011. She was named team captain from 2008-2011 and was also named Rookie of the Year in 2008. She earned the Bison Leadership Award as well as the Athletic Academic Award in 2011.


Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human, Health, and Performance Leisure Studies from Howard and got her Master’s in Higher Education from Purdue Global University.


Lawrence was born in Syracuse, NY and attended Thomas J. Corcoran High School.

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