Youngstown State University

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One University Plaza Youngstown, OH 44555
Division 1 Ohio Midwest
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Theresa Walton

Theresa Walton was named the first Women's Lacrosse Head Coach in school history in July 2019.


Walton, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., spent the past two seasons at VCU focusing on the defensive unit, goalkeepers and was as recruiting coordinator for Head Coach Jen O'Brien at VCU. The newly-formed program posted seven victories in each of Walton's two seasons with the school.


In 2019, VCU was 7-11 and went 4-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Rams' defense caused 187 turnovers in the 18 games. Individually, nine players caused at nine turnovers.


In 2018, VCU finished the year 7-11 overall with a 5-4 Atlantic 10 record. The team earned it's first Atlantic 10 Championship berth by defeating seven-time defending conference champion UMass in the regular season, halting their NCAA record 61-game conference winning streak.


Walton led a defensive unit that helped propel the team to its first winning record in conference and included the program's first wins over Davidson and UMass. The defense held opponents to single-digit goals four times in 2018, which also featured two overtime wins. The defense forced a school-record 192 turnovers with eight Rams causing at least 10 turnovers for the campaign.


Walton joined VCU after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Mount Olive. In her first two years at Mount Olive, the Trojans had an overall record of 27-9. In 2015, Walton helped guide Mount Olive to the Conference Carolinas Women's Lacrosse Championship as the team was ranked No. 9 in the year-end Nike/LaxMagazine Division II Women's Lacrosse Top 20 Poll, the highest ranking in program history.


Prior to arriving at Mount Olive, Walton served as an assistant coach at Alma College (Mich.), where she helped the team to a 16-3 mark. Alma posted a record of 7-8 the year prior to Walton's arrival.


Walton earned her bachelor's degree in communications at Canisius College (N.Y.) and helped lead the Griffins to back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's lacrosse titles, including the first title in school history. Walton earned MAAC All-Tournament honors during Canisius' first title run. She tallied 42 goals and eight assists for 50 points during her career.


She is a graduate of Nottingham High School where she earned Academic All-America and OSHL All-League honors.

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Kendyl Clarkson

Kendyl Clarkson joined the Youngstown State women’s lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant in July 2019.


Clarkson came to Youngstown with six years of head coaching experience at the Division III level and a highly-accomplished background as a student-athlete.


Most recently, Clarkson was the head coach at Virginia Wesleyan University during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The Marlins had back-to-back seasons with at least a .500 record for the first time in more than a decade under Clarkson’s leadership. She recruited the largest two incoming classes in program history, and the Marlins had their biggest roster in program history in 2019.


Prior to her time at Virginia Wesleyan, Clarkson had a successful four-year run at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. She was named the 2017 USA South Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and led the Monarchs to a 32-32 record in four seasons from 2014-17. MU was 1-11 the season prior to her arrival, and Clarkson led the team to records of 5-12, 10-5, 8-8 and 9-7. She coached a total of 11 all-conference players as she became the winningest coach in program history.


Clarkson got her coaching start as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure in 2012-13. She served as the Bonnies’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, and she was also charged with individual skill enhancement and film exchange.


As a student-athlete at Division III Buffalo State, Clarkson led the country in assists per game in 2010 and 2011, and her 88 assists in 2012 tied the Division III all-time record. As a senior, she led the Bengals to their first NCAA Tournament appearance as well as a victory in the opening round. She finished her career ranking second in NCAA history with 240 career assists, and her 385 career points ranked in the top 20.


Clarkson earned her bachelor’s degree in individualized studies with concentrations in education and coaching from Buffalo State in 2012.

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