Alex Kahoe Head Coach
A five-time National Champion, three time All-American, and two-time NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year, Alex Kahoe is currently in her eighth season as the head coach of the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse program.
At Saint Joseph's, Kahoe has coached 29 Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections, including the 2016 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and 2019 and 2021 Offensive Players of the Year, 10 Academic All-Conference selections, and a pair of IWLCA All-Region honorees.
Kahoe has led the Hawks to five consecutive trips to the A-10 semifinals; she became the first coach in program history to lead SJU to back-to-back postseason appearances, in 2016 and 2017, and has since led the Hawks to five postseasons in a row, including a trip to the league title game in 2021.
Her 2019 squad, led by Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year Francesca Donato, posted 11 wins to reach double-digits for the third consecutive season. The Hawks placed fourth in the Atlantic 10 standings and won their quarterfinal game against VCU to reach the Atlantic 10 semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. Three Hawks – Donato, Sinead Brierley, and Bridget Cerciello – earned All-Conference First Team nods while Lauren Figura, Sophia Kolkka, and Sarah Platt were tabbed for the All-Rookie Team.
In 2018, one of the most historic seasons in Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse history, Kahoe guided the Hawks to a 12-7 overall record as SJU broke the record for wins in a season for the second year in a row. Saint Joseph's finished the A-10 regular season with a 7-2 record for the third consecutive year to finish third in the league, and Kahoe went on to lead the Hawks to an A-10 quarterfinal win over George Mason as the Hawks reached the A-10 semifinals for the third year in a row. Under Kahoe's direction, the Hawks landed spots on the A-10 First Team (1), A-10 Second Team (2), and A-10 Rookie Team (2) in a season in which SJU broke program records in points (389), goals (262), assists (127), and shots (618), all improvements on records broken the previous season.
Began with SJU '14
Alma Mater: Maryland '00
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CAROLINE STEELE Assistant Coach
Caroline Steele has joined the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse coaching staff in time for the 2020 season.
Steele comes to Hawk Hill after an illustrious career at the University of Maryland, with whom she won a pair of national championships in 2017 and 2019. A two-time nominee for the Tewaaraton Award, she was recently named to Maryland’s All-Decade Team.
“We are happy to welcome Caroline Steele as our assistant coach,” head coach Alex Kahoe said. “Caroline has great knowledge and passion for the game along with her championship experience. We are excited to see the impact she makes with our team on Hawk Hill.”
“I am so excited to join the Saint Joseph’s family,” Steele said. “The women’s lacrosse program has been consistently improving since Alex has taken over. I truly look forward to showing my worth and value for this team, as I have gained such valuable exposure to this wonderful game over my years of playing and coaching. What’s so great about this program is that we have a staff that is incredibly devoted to putting this team on the right path to success.”
Steele earned All-NCAA Tournament Team honors in 2017 as she helped lead Maryland to the national championship; she would go on to become an IWLCA All-America selection in both of her final two seasons with the Terrapins, each time garnering a nomination for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation’s top player. She capped off her collegiate playing career with a second NCAA title in 2019.
A native of Severna Park, Maryland, Steele was twice named to the All-Big Ten Team and earned All-Region First Team honors as a junior. A two-time All-Big Ten Tournament selection, she was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore in 2017. All told, Steele finished her career with 205 goals, good for seventh on Maryland’s all-time list, as well as 59 assists and 264 career points. She then went on to play for the Pride in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.
Began with SJU '20
ALMA MATER Maryland '19
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GRCE GRIFFIN Assistant Coach
Recent Maryland graduate Grace Griffin has joined the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse coaching staff for the 2023 season.
“I am excited to welcome Grace to Hawk Hill!” Kahoe said upon Griffin's appointment. “Grace had an extremely successful playing career, winning both NCAA and Big Ten championships. She knows what it takes to compete at a high level and has a true passion for coaching. We are looking forward to Grace sharing her knowledge and championship mentality with our team.”
Griffin enters the coaching world after a decorated career with the Terrapins. She is a three-time team captain, a first in program history, and was lauded as Maryland’s Student-Athlete of the Year and one of the university’s two Big Ten Medal of Honor Recipients in 2021. Griffin was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List three times and was selected as an All-America honoree in both 2021 and 2022.
1st Year at SJU, 2022
Alma Mater Maryland
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