Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb Athletics
110 S. Main St - PO Box 997 Boiling Spring, NC 28017
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Jessie Aguglia

Jessie Aguglia is in her fourth season in charge of the Gardner-Webb University lacrosse program, taking over as the full-time head coach following the 2019 season. Aguglia served as interim head coach during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Aguglia is the all-time winningest head coach in Gardner-Webb women's lacrosse history with a total of 16 career victories.

Gardner-Webb lacrosse experienced a boost under Aguglia, setting a single-season wins mark in 2019 and posting the program's first winning record in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium. She matched the single-season wins record again in 2020, finishing the shortened season with a 6-3 record, the first winning record in the program's history. The Runnin' Bulldogs closed the 2020 season on their first four-game win streak with wins over Wofford, St. Bonaventure, Detroit Mercy, and VCU.

Aguglia mentored three All-Big South Conference second-team selections in Talen Francis, Abby Hanscom and Moninque Martin in 2019. Hanscom, a three-time All-Big South choice, set the GWU single-season mark with 42 goals and added 14 assists to pace the squad. She ranked in the top-5 in both goals and total points among Big South scorers.

In 2021, Aguglia helped guide Talen Francis to a spot on the All-Big South Conference first-team, the first to receive that honor in school history. Heather Lobas also earned a selection on the postseason All-Conference Team after finishing third in the Big South in caused turnovers per game (1.64).

Aguglia took over the program following a stint as an assistant coach with the Runnin' Bulldogs. She joined the Gardner-Webb program from NCAA Division II UVA-Wise, where she served as an assistant coach in 2016. With Aguglia’s help, the Cavaliers posted an 11-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Mountain East play.

Prior to her arrival at UVA-Wise, Aguglia served as the head varsity coach at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, S.C. during their inaugural season.

Aguglia spent her collegiate career at nearby Limestone College, where she helped the Saints to four consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, and two berths in the national championship game in 2011 and 2013.

The Webster, N.Y. native made 77 appearances over the course of her four-year career, totaling 66 goals, 11 assists, and 77 points. She also tallied 106 ground balls, 52 draw controls and caused 36 turnovers.

An outstanding student as well, Aguglia earned an induction in both the National College Athletics Honor Society and the History Honor Society in addition to a pair of President’s Awards at Limestone in 2011 and 2013. Aguglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Limestone in 2013.

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Leigh Anne Olson

Leigh Olson is in her third season with the Gardner-Webb lacrosse program since joining the coaching staff in 2020.

Olson brings a wealth of knowledge to the program, having served as head lacrosse coach at Worcester Prep in Berlin, Md. from 2015-2016 and as the head junior varsity coach at Worcester Prep from 2014-2016.

She also has camp experience, serving on staff for the Salisbury University Nike Lacrosse Camp for three summers.

She was a third-team IWLCA All-America selection in 2013 at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, also earning All-Region and first-team All-Conference honors. Olson was also named MVP of the league championship tournament that season.

Olson led NCAA Division III in points per game in 2013 and set a new program record with 117 points (73 goals, 44 assists). She was named Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year in 2012 and earned second-team All-Region and All-Conference accolades.

She graduated from Salisbury (Md.) University in 2015 with a degree in liberal arts and psychology.

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Sarah Schaefer

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