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Ohio State women’s lacrosse completes new coaching regime

Former Stanford head coach Amy Bokker is completing her staff.

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While spring sports have wrapped up, coaching changes are revolutionizing women’s lacrosse heading into next season. Plus, Ohio State athletes from several programs have received postseason recognition, and an Ohio State assistant landed a head coaching gig out west.

Women’s lacrosse rounds out its new coaching staff

New women’s lacrosse head coach Amy Bokker has been working to complete her coaching staff since being named to the position in early June. Most recently, Kristen Carr joined the program as associate head coach.

Bokker became the third coach in program history after coming to Columbus from Stanford. During her 11-year tenure with the Cardinal, Bokker managed an overall record of 151-59, including an NCAA Tournament win and victory in the inaugural Pac-12 tournament in 2018. She also took her team to the NCAAs in eight of her 11 seasons.

Carr also came from Stanford, where she coached with Bokker for the past four seasons as defensive coordinator. During her time in Palo Alto, Carr’s defenses finished in the top-25 three out of four seasons. Carr, who spent her playing career at North Carolina, is also a current member of the U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse Team and plays for the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.

Previously, Bokker brought on Kara Mupo, also from Stanford, as offensive coordinator, and Stephani Schmidt as director of player operations.

The women’s lacrosse team finished sixth in the Big Ten this season with a 1-5 conference record. Overall, the team went 5-11 on the season.

Rowing earns All-American honors

Five rowers from the women’s rowing squad, all members of the First Varsity Eight crew, took home Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American honors. Ida Kruse and Lexie Nothdurft both earned first-team honors, while Anjalie Fernandes and Leonie Heuer were named to the second team. Ida Peterson rounded out the group with an honorable mention.

While Kruse wrapped up her collegiate career this spring, the other four rowers are set to return to Ohio State next season. The Buckeyes will once again be well-positioned for a run at the NCAA Championships, after winning three national titles in the past decade.

The First Varsity Eight boat took home a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Championships and second-place in the Big Ten. Overall, the women’s rowing team finished fifth in the NCAA Championships.

In addition to the five rowers recognized this week, 27 athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten distinction earlier this spring.

Men’s lacrosse players take home scholastic recognition

The Big Ten lacrosse season didn’t exactly go Ohio State’s way, but several Ohio State players earned recognition for their academic achievements over the past year.

The U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) named defenseman Matt Borges, midfielder Jack Jasinski and midfielder Logan Maccani as USILA Scholar All-Americans. Previously, the trio, along with 21 teammates, were also recognized as academic All-Big Ten honorees. The program recognizes student-athletes based on their performance in the classroom, on the field and in their communities. Honorees are all seniors, must have a GPA above 3.0 and must be nominated by a coach.

Ohio State’s lacrosse program has a track record for this award, as at least one Buckeye has earned scholar all-American recognition for the past eight years. In all, there are now 17 USILA Scholar All-Americans in program history.

Assistant swim coach named to UCLA head coaching spot

Jordan Wolfrum, who served as an assistant head coach on the swimming and diving team at Ohio State for the past five seasons, was just named head coach for UCLA swimming and diving.

This past season, the Buckeyes’ men’s squad finished in ninth place at the NCAA Championships. Wolfrum also helped the women’s team to a 48-9 record in dual meets over five seasons, including four top-25 finishes in the NCAAs.

Wolfrum has one year of previous head coaching experience, having come to Columbus from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. While at Ohio State, Wolfrum also played a key role in recruiting, compliance and academics.