PHILADELPHIA – Alex Kahoe has been named the new head women’s lacrosse coach at Saint Joseph’s University, director of athletics Don DiJulia announced today. Kahoe, most recently the head girls’ varsity lacrosse coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, is the third head coach in program history.
“We are pleased and fortunate to have Alex and her rich experience as a scholar-athlete, with six NCAA championship rings and extensive international service join the Hawk Hill community,” said DiJulia. “Our student-athletes will greatly benefit from her leadership and passion to enhance their experience as Everyday Champions.”
“I am incredibly excited about the vision and direction of the athletic department and the women’s lacrosse program,” said Kahoe. “It is an exciting time to be a Hawk.
“Saint Joseph's has tremendous resources academically, athletically, and geographically, in terms of both the university and the sport. I look forward to working with this team and leading them into a new era. I am excited to work with the student-athletes and help guide them to being the best they can be on and off the field.”
A five-time national champion as a player at the University of Maryland, Kahoe brings valuable playing and coaching experience at the Division I level, having served as an assistant coach at five Division I programs over 13 seasons from 2000 to 2013. Kahoe helped guide those teams to seven NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, including four Final Four appearances, and the 2001 NCAA and ACC titles with the University of Maryland. Kahoe also coached four Tewaaraton Award winners and two members of the 2009 USA World Cup Championship team.
Kahoe replaces Denise Roessler, who stepped down earlier this summer after 16 seasons as the head coach of the Hawks.
Kahoe spent the 2013 season as the head girls’ varsity lacrosse coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. At SCH, Kahoe also served as the project manager for the Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership where she researched, created, and implemented the new curriculum and programs associated with the center.
Prior to her stint at SCH, Kahoe simultaneously served as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach for both the Canadian World Cup National Team and the University of Vermont squad from the fall of 2011 through the summer of 2013.
Kahoe coached the Canadian National Team to the 2013 World Cup silver medal, which marked the first time in Canadian women’s lacrosse history that the program had defeated Australia and qualified for the championship game.
At Vermont, Kahoe helped guide the Catamounts to the 2013 America East Tournament and a triple-overtime win over then-#15 Dartmouth for the program’s first win over the Big Green since 1993 and the first win over a nationally-ranked team since 2008.
Kahoe spent five seasons with Duke University between 2006-11 during which time the Blue Devils reached the NCAA Tournament all five seasons with three Final Four appearances. Duke took home three Tewaaraton Awards and landed 14 Blue Devils on the IWLCA All-America Team in those five seasons, while reaching the ACC Finals in 2009.
Kahoe also has a proven track record of success in the classroom. During her five seasons with the Blue Devils, Duke had 27 ACC All-Academic Team selections, three IWLCA Academic Team honors and 2008 IWLCA Merit Squad honors for boasting the third-highest team GPA in Division I women’s lacrosse.
Serving as the associate head coach from 2005-06 and the assistant coach from 2003-05, Kahoe coached the University of Delaware to its first-ever CAA Tournament with an appearance in the 2005 semifinals. From 2002-03, Kahoe coached two IWLCA Mid-Atlantic All-America selections at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kahoe started her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, and in two seasons, she helped guide the Terrapins to the 2001 NCAA title.
She has been the co-owner and director of Fuel Lacrosse and Sports, LLC for eight years, where she directs plans and oversees lacrosse camps and clinics throughout the year.
A 2000 graduate of Maryland, Kahoe was a part of the teams that won five national championships and three ACC championships. A three-time All-American and ACC Goalie of the Year, and two-time NCAA Goalie of the Year, she also earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 1997. Kahoe will be inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on October 3, 2014.
Kahoe was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002 and was selected to the NCAA 25th Anniversary All-Time Women's Lacrosse Team in 2005.
Kahoe was a member of the USA National Lacrosse Team from 1997-2005 and was selected to the USA World Cup Lacrosse Team in 2003. Additionally, she competed for the Ireland World Cup Team that finished fifth in 2009.
“I would like to thank Don DiJulia, Renie Shields, Jim Brown and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to be the head women’s lacrosse coach at St Joe's,” said Kahoe. “I am extremely excited to be apart of the Saint Joseph’s University family.”
Kahoe received a bachelor’s of science double degree in criminal justice and sociology from Maryland in 2000 and a master’s of business administration in sports management and marketing from Delaware in 2006.