Fresno State University

Fresno State Athletics Department
1620 East Bulldog Lane OF 87 Fresno, CA 93740
Division 1 California Southwest
Public Very Large Competitive team


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Jessica Giglio

The upcoming 2020 season marks Jessica Giglio's ninth year as the Fresno State head lacrosse coach with the Bulldogs heading into their 11th season as a program.

Prior to joining the `Dogs in 2011, Giglio spent four seasons as head coach at Oneonta State. Giglio's resume includes coaching two All-Region All-Americans and multiple SUNY all conference selections and coaching Rendcomb Junior College to a United Kingdom National Championship final.

SUNY Athletic Conference was familiar territory for Giglio, as she graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2006, where she played four years of lacrosse and three years of field hockey for the Blue Knights. As a goalie for the Blue Knights, she finished her career ranked second in career saves with 629, including a season-high 180 saves in 2004. She received multiple accolades and graduated as the most decorated goalie in Geneseo history.

Giglio arrived in Oneonta in the spring of 2008 after living in England coaching and playing lacrosse.

In England, Giglio coached lacrosse for two years at Rendcomb College. She also coached the Developmental team, University College of London, and other various schools with the English Lacrosse Association. She played and coached for the Hitchin Lacrosse Club in England from 2006 to 2007 and also played and coached for the Cheltenham Lacrosse Club in England before returning to the United States.

Giglio was also the former head coach for four years for the Finland Women's National team and is currently the assistant manager for the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team.

A Long Island, N.Y. native, Giglio is a Level II certified international lacrosse and field hockey coach. She is also an international qualified lacrosse referee.

Giglio graduated with a dual degree in communicative disorders & sciences from Geneseo in 2006.

The former Jessica Pausewang married Michael Giglio on August 30, 2014 in Coronado, Calif.

2019 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 7-7

MPSF Record: 0-2

The 2019 season was a record-breaking one for Giglio and the Bulldogs as they opened the season with a 3-0 record, for the second time in program history, with wins over Massachusets Lowell, Cal and Oregon. The Bulldogs’ 18-10 neutral site win over Oregon was the first time the ‘Dogs defeated the Ducks in program history.

With several key wins in the 2019 season, the Bulldogs broke 18 team records throughout the spring, including three goalkeeping records with 192 saves, 13.71 saves per game and a .484 save percentage. The ‘Dogs set a new team record with two neutral wins (Cal and Oregon) and created a new program best with two home losses in 2019.

The Bulldogs earned their second consecutive MPSF Rookie of the Year honor in Sydney Skalstad. Fresno State earned six All-MPSF selections, two MPSF All-Tournament selections and seven MPSF Player of the Week honors this season. The Bulldogs finished the 2019 season ranked No. 67 in the NCAA and ranked within the top 50 in nine different categories.

2018 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 9-9

MPSF Record: 0-2

The Bulldogs broke 17 team records during the 2018 season. Fresno State had its first MPSF Rookie of the Year in Mackenzie Wallevand. Six Bulldogs were named to the All-MPSF Team, the most in program history. Fresno State had eight MPSF Player of the Week honors this season. The 2018 squad had a four-game winning streak on the road, marking the most consecutive wins in program history.

2017 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 9-7

MPSF Record: 2-6

The 2017 season was Fresno State’s most successful season to date. Giglio lead her squad to the first winning season in program history (9-7). The ‘Dogs had a record-breaking five wins at home and three on the road. The team broke 25 program records throughout the season. Six individual single-season records were broken, including points, goals, assists, hat tricks, shots and draw controls. Sarah Bloise, Tiffiny Wallace and Kyleigh Westgarth were name to the All-MPSF Second Team. Giglio’s 2017 team also excelled in the classroom with nine MPSF All-Academic selections and three IWLCA 2016-17 Academic honorees.

2016 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 5-10

MPSF Record: 2-7

During the 2016 season, the Bulldogs set top marks for the program with five wins and three home wins. Fresno State broke 16 program records throughout the season. Under Giglio’s leadership four individual single-season records were set in points, goals, ground balls and draw controls. Caroline Dineen-Carlson was named to the All-MSPF Second Team for the second consecutive season.

2015 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 4-11

MPSF Record: 2-7

The 2015 season was a special one for Giglio and the Bulldogs, as their four wins set a program record. Midfielder Caroline Dineen-Carlson was named to the All-MPSF Second Team after setting a program record with 30 goals on the season. 10 Bulldogs also earned MPSF All-Academic honors.

Fresno State made great strides under Giglio (pronounced: JILL-ee-oh) in 2014, including a key 16-12 home victory over St. Mary's in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play to finish above them in the final conference standings. The Bulldogs also opened the season by defeating Monmouth N.J. on the East Coast.

2014 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 2-13

MPSF Record: 1-8

One of the lacrosse program's primary points of emphasis is the importance of the student-athlete experience - which is highlighted by midfielder Marcy Levatino, who led seven Fresno State All-MPSF academic honorees in 2014 and was elected as the athletic department's Student-Athlete Advisory Council President for the 2014-15 academic year. Levatino, a nursing major, represents Bulldog student-athletes at conference, regional and national meetings.

2013 (Head Coach)

Overall Record: 2-13

MPSF Record: 0-8

During the 2013 season, Giglio led the team to two non-conference victories, breaking several school records and earning many conference honors along the way in just her second season with the Bulldogs.

Three 'Dogs earned MPSF weekly awards under Giglio's leadership. Levatino was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Anjelica Fuccillo earned MPSF Rookie of the Week after the first week of play while Katie Wilbur went on to be named MPSF Defensive Play of the Week in the first week of March.

Under Coach Giglio, the Bulldogs also broke several single-season records in 2013. The team recorded a season-best 147 points and 115 goals. The 'Dogs also topped the Fresno State single-game points record with 23 against Presbyterian and the single-game save record with 18 at Denver.

At the conclusion of regular season play, Levatino was named to the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-MPSF Second-Team. Levatino was the second Fresno State lacrosse student-athlete to ever earn All-Conference honors.

2012 (Head Coach - first season)

Overall Record: 3-10

MPSF Record: 1-5

In her first season, Giglio helped the Bulldogs to their first win in the program's four year existence. She lead the team to an overall 3-10 record , including the No. 1 upset of the year, beating UC Davis, 12-11 in double overtime for their first conference win in the MPSF.

Under Giglio's tutelage, Briana Hetherington was named the MPSF Player of the Week after the Bulldogs first win in program history against Long Island 17-12. Hetherington was the first Bulldog ever to win this award.

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Elisabeth Blackwell

Elisabeth Blackwell made an immediate impact to the success of the Fresno State lacrosse program in her first year as assistant coach, working primarily with the defenders and goalkeepers, after coming to Fresno State following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb of the Big South Conference. Blackwell assisted in getting the Bulldog student-athletes prepared for different positions as there were player position adjustments made throughout the season for the success of the team.

Blackwell trained the Bulldog goalies, who chalked a program-high 192 saves, this season. Junior goalkeeper Laurel Maunder recorded a record-high 181 saves this season with 20 saves in a game. On the defensive end, Blackwell helped coach key Bulldogs in defenders Abbigayle Roberts and Olivia Mannon, who both were selected as All-MPSF defenders, along with Maunder who was selected as the MPSF All-Conference goalkeeper.

During her time at Gardner-Webb, she helped coach the Runnin’ Bulldogs to multiple individual successes such as senior Amanda Steinmuller racking up 61 points on the year through 39 goals and 22 assists along with freshman Talen Francis tying the program’s freshman scoring record with 44 points on the season and earning Big South Women's Lacrosse Freshman of the Week honors on three separate occasions.

The Naples, Fla., native joined the Gardner-Webb coaching staff after spending the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant at Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville.

During her season at Louisville, Blackwell helped the Cardinals forge a 12-6 overall record – including an impressive 8-1 mark at home. The Cardinals advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, falling to Northwestern in the opening round.

Two Cardinals earned All-ACC honors, three earned IWLCA All-Region honors and Kaylin Morissette was named first-team IWLCA All-America after scoring 56 points (37 goals, 19 assists). Morissette, also a Tewaaraton Award nominee, was selected by the Philadelphia Force in the 2016 UWLX (United Women's Lacrosse League) Draft.

Prior to joining the Louisville staff, Blackwell spent her final three collegiate seasons at Stetson. The standout defender started 43 games and was a Co-Captain in 2015. That season, she helped anchor the top defense in program history.

Blackwell spent her freshman season at LIU-Brooklyn, starting all 16 games for the Blackbirds in 2011.

She was a four-year letter winner at Barron Collier (Fla.) High in Naples, helping the Cougars to a pair of state championships and another runner-up finish. Blackwell earned All-County and All-Region honors and was team MVP in 2010.

She graduated from Stetson in 2015 with a degree in Biology.

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Kara Concheck

The Fresno State lacrosse program welcomed Kara Concheck back to its program as an assistant coach on Aug. 19, 2019.

Concheck returns to the Bulldog family after spending the last four seasons (2016-19) as head coach at Saint Francis. She became the program's all-time winningest coach in 2018 and won 21 games in her tenure at the helm of the Red Flash.

As head coach for the Red Flash, Concheck boasted a team that sat highly in all offensive categories in the Northeast Conference. She also developed eight All-Conference selections in her four years.

Prior to her time at Saint Francis, Concheck was named a lacrosse assistant coach at Oberlin College. She spent three seasons there (2014-16) and helped the team to a North Coast Athletic Conference championship appearance in 2015. During her time at Oberlin College, she also taught a women's strength training course and a conditioning course.

Concheck graduated from Fresno State in 2014 and spent four years in the lacrosse program. Concheck left the Bulldog lacrosse program as the all-time leading scorer with 73 career goals and 85 career points. Her offensive efforts did not go unnoticed as she was selected to the All-MPSF second team in 2014 and was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year that season.

The native of Columbus, Ohio graduated with a degree in recreation administration.

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