Yale University

Yale Athletic Department
P.O. Box 208216 - 20 Tower Parkway New Haven, CT 06511
Division 1 Connecticut Northeast
Private Medium National competitor


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Erica Bamford

Former US National Team member Erica Bamford (née LaGrow) was announced as Yale’s Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse on July 1, 2015. Her first three seasons in New Haven have seen the Bulldogs make a number of strides. In her first season they were in contention for a spot in the Ivy League Tournament until the final game, and they saw year-to-year improvements in their shooting percentage, free position shooting percentage, draw controls, clears and save percentage. In her second season, 2017, the team set the school records for goals in a season, points in a season and draw controls in a season. Yale also beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2010. Last season the Bulldogs beat a pair of ranked opponents and had the second-most draw controls in program history (230).

In Bamford's three seasons in New Haven, Yale has had:

Two All-Region honorees

One All-ECAC honoree

Nine All-Ivy League honorees (one first team, three second team, five honorable mention)

One finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award

The Bulldogs have excelled in the classroom, earning the IWLCA Academic Merit Squad honor for the top GPA in the country in 2018 while also earning IWLCA Academic Squad recognition in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Yale has had a total of 29 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selections under Bamford.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Bamford spent seven years as an assistant coach at Florida. She helped the Gators make five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, win five regular season conference championships and win three conference tournament championships. She also has a gold medal from the Women’s World Cup during her time playing with the National Team.

At Florida Bamford worked under former Yale head coach Amanda O’Leary, a US Lacrosse Hall of Fame member who has earned a pair of national coach of the year honors. Bamford was the Gators’ offensive coordinator and helped the team lead the nation in goals with 326 in her final season -- the fourth straight season the Gators scored at least 310 goals and finished in the top five nationally in scoring offense.

Bamford is the ninth head coach in the 40-year varsity history of Yale women’s lacrosse.

Bamford graduated with honors from North Carolina in 2008, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. She was a part of four straight NCAA quarterfinal appearances for the Tar Heels. In her senior season she scored 24 goals, was named second team All-South Region for the second time and was named first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. A four-year starter at midfield, she was on the conference honor roll every year. She also earned All-ACC Academic honors twice, and received the University of North Carolina Athletics Director’s Scholar-Athlete Award for excellence in academics and athletics.

In addition to her standout collegiate career, Bamford was also a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2007-2012. In the summer of 2009, she helped the U.S. win gold at the Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in Prague. Additionally, she was a member of the touring team that captured the 2008 Prague Cup.

Bamford is a native of Skaneateles, N.Y., and attended Christian Brothers Academy. Since 2004 she has been coaching at various levels, including four summers as a volunteer coach at the Star-Riders Lacrosse Club in Central New York. She also provided a five day multi-sport camp for school age children in rural Honduras in 2010, and has been an active member of the Big Brother Big Sister program since 2005.

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Colleen Smith

Colleen Smith, an All-American defender at Princeton who spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at UC-Davis, joined the Yale women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2016. In her first season, she helped the program continue making strides, as the Bulldogs set school records for goals, points and draw controls in a season. They also beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2010. In her second season, the Bulldogs beat a pair of ranked opponents.

Smith was a part of three NCAA tournament appearances at Princeton, including a 16-13 upset of No. 8 Penn State in her senior season (2014). That season she was named second team All-American, first team All-Mid Atlantic region, an ECAC All-Star and unanimous first team All-Ivy League. She also earned Princeton’s Connie McAllister Award and was a finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, reflecting her work ethic and leadership skills.

Smith was co-captain of the Tigers in 2014, finishing second on the team in caused turnovers with 14 and adding 17 draw controls and 13 ground balls. The team limited Ivy opponents to just 7.64 goals per game (second in the league). She also tallied her first career point that year with a goal against No. 14 Georgetown.

After playing with the Timperley Lacrosse Club of Manchester, England, in 2014-15, Smith spent 2015-16 at UC-Davis, working primarily with the defense. She helped the Aggies earn their first trip to the MPSF tournament in six years and their first winning record in conference play since 2000.

A Wilmette, Ill., native, Smith graduated from Loyola Academy. She majored in psychology at Princeton.

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Molly Hulseman

Molly Hulseman, who played in the NCAA Tournament four times while at Loyola, joined the Yale women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2017. A native of Chicago, Ill., Hulseman attended Loyola Academy -- the same high school as Yale’s other assistant coach, Colleen Smith.

Hulseman works extensively with Yale's draw control unit. In her first season, she helped Izzy Nixon lead the Ivy League in draw controls per game, setting the Yale single-season record in the process.

Hulseman spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Michigan, where she worked primarily with the defense and draw control specialists. In her final season -- the Wolverines’ fourth as a varsity program -- they set the school record for draws (244), making a dramatic improvement from their total the previous season (189).

Hulseman’s stint at Michigan came on the heels of a successful playing career at Loyola, where she was a four-year starter and totaled 70 goals along with 29 assists. The Greyhounds went 58-26 during her tenure, advancing as far as the NCAA quarterfinals in her senior year. They won the Big East regular season championship in 2012 and then won Patriot League championships in 2014 and 2015. An attacker/midfielder, Hulseman was the recipient of the team’s Reverend Francis J. McManamin Unsung Hero Award as a senior.

During her time at Loyola, Hulseman assisted with several camps and clinics and was also member of Loyola's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology in May 2015.

Hulseman has also served as a coach, personal trainer, tournament coordinator and camp counselor for Sports Made Personal in Chicago, Ill., since 2009. In that role, she has trained girls from ages 6-19 at varying levels of ability. She was also the head coach of two age groups for the Team One Lacrosse Club in Chicago.

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Kiley Anderson

Kiley Anderson, a record-setting attacker from UMass, joined the Yale women’s lacrosse staff as a volunteer assistant in the summer of 2019.

Anderson enjoyed a highly successful career at UMass after she transferred from Boston College following the 2015 season. The Minutewomen went 66-15 overall and 35-1 in Atlantic 10 play during her tenure. This past season she served as team captain, leading the team to a 15-4 record and 9-0 mark in conference play. She was named first team All-Northeast Region and was selected for the Senior All-Star game by the IWLCA. She was also a first team Atlantic 10 all-conference honoree, leading the conference in goals (67). She tied the school record for goals in a season, set the school record for goals in a game (nine) and finished second on UMass’ career draw controls list (208). She finished seventh nationally in goals per game (3.94) while helping the Minutewomen rank No. 1 nationally in draw controls per game (19.11) and No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (17.47 goals per game).

Anderson’s first two seasons with UMass included a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and three wins in NCAA Tournament games. The Minutewomen advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2016, the first time since 1984 they advanced that far in the tournament.

Anderson has been coaching with Nor’easter Premiere Lacrosse Club since 2014. She also has worked camps for Northwestern, UMass and Yale.

Anderson graduated with a B.A. in sociology in May 2019. A native of Killingworth, Conn., she attended Haddam-Killingworth High School and was an honorable mention US Lacrosse All-American. She also was a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American.

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