Randall Swope, a veteran coach and former head coach, was hired as an assistant coach in 2017 prior to the start of the 2018 season and was promoted to interim head coach when Laura Moan stepped down as head coach in December. After a national search, she was named head coach in June of 2018.
Despite the midyear transition, Swope led the River Hawks to four victories and had two players earn All-Conference honors with Libby Dex earning First Team honors and Mary Vilardi picking up a Second Team honor in her first season with the team.
Swope was most recently the head coach at Division I Bucknell University in nearby Lewisburg.
Swope was head coach at Bucknell for the past six seasons and turned the program around with back-to-back winning seasons in 2016 and 2017. It was the first consecutive winning years since 1997-98. She holds the all-time coaching wins record at the school with 51 victories in eight seasons with 35 in the last six years and another 16 wins when coaching the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Following the 2004 campaign, Swope departed Bucknell to continue her international playing career while also serving as girls’ athletic director and varsity lacrosse and soccer coach at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md. In 2007 she headed west to become assistant women’s lacrosse coach and recruiting coordinator at Stanford, where she helped lead the Cardinal to the MPSF championship.
Before returning to Bucknell, Swope had been serving as a physical education and health teacher as well as head girls’ lacrosse and soccer coach and assistant basketball coach at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
A 1997 Maryland graduate with a degree in Kinesiological Sciences, Swope was part of three NCAA championship teams in College Park, a student-athlete on the Terrapins lacrosse squad from 1993-96, the four-year starter was a member of Maryland’s back-to-back national championship teams in 1995 and 1996. In addition, she served as an assistant coach for her alma mater when the Terps won their third consecutive national title in 1997.