United States Military Academy

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Kristen Skiera

Kristen Skiera, formerly Kristen Waagbo, enters her sixth season as the Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Army West Point during the 2019-20 academic year after being appointed to the position on June 13, 2014.

Under her watch, the women’s lacrosse team reached new heights in 2019. She guided the team to a program-best 14-5 record and a third-place finish in the Patriot League standings after playing to a 6-3 mark in league play. Army played in its first-ever league tournament and claimed a, 12-9, win in the quarterfinal round versus Lehigh at Michie Stadium. The successful season also included a seven-game winning streak to start the year, a program-high nine home wins and countless records broken.

Skiera coached a program-best five All-Patriot League performers in Jackie Brattan, Caroline Raymond, Samantha Stewart, Maddie Burns and Manuela Cortes. Raymond was named the league’s rookie of the year, making her the first-ever major award winner from Army. The freshman was also tabbed the ECAC Rookie of the year after setting a program record for single-season points and assists.

In the 2018 season she coached the Black Knights to a five-game turnaround, marking the program's first-ever 10-win season. During that season, Army also set program records in home wins (5) and Patriot League victories (4), with Amy Johnston and Samantha Stewart garnering all-league accolades. The Army defense was one of the best in the league under Skiera's watch, allowing the second-fewest goals (184).

During the 2017 season, Skiera led the program to its first Patriot League victory with an 11-9 road win at Colgate on April 19. To start off the season, the Black Knights went 4-1 with wins over Marist (13-12), Manhattan (11-6), Central Connecticut State (13-11) and Quinnipiac (9-8 OT). Army picked up its first post-season honors with the selection of Manuela Cortes and Kiersten Spencer to the All-Patriot League Second Team. Shelby Lindsay was named to the Academic All-Patriot League squad and garnered the prestigious IWLCA Coaches Association Community Awareness Award.

Skiera led the team during its inaugural season to a 5-12 mark. The first program win came against Central Connecticut State. The team defeated the Blue Devils, LIU Brooklyn, UMass-Lowell, Presbyterian and Howard in its first NCAA season.

Skiera oversaw the women’s lacrosse program’s final season at the club level, guiding the Black Knights to an 8-3 overall record and an appearance in the championship game of the New England Women’s Lacrosse League Tournament in 2015.

She transitioned the team to the varsity level as women’s lacrosse became the Academy’s 28th varsity sport beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. Army West Point made its debut at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Patriot League in the 2016 season.

A former standout attacker at Duke, Skiera arrived at West Point after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater under head coach Kerstin Kimel. During her two seasons in Durham, N.C., Skiera helped lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearances, along with producing four Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans.

As an assistant at Duke, Skiera served in an offensive coordinator position where she was tasked with tracking player development and creating and implementing offensive strategy. She also handled recruiting responsibilities, helping in areas of talent evaluation and in the academic fit of student-athletes.

Before returning to Duke, Skiera served as an assistant coach at Navy for two seasons, where she worked primarily with the Midshipmen offense. While in Annapolis, Md., Skiera helped Navy to a combined 33-9 record, back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and Patriot League Championships in 2011 and 2012. Under Skiera’s direction, the Midshipmen netted 275 goals during the 2011 campaign before setting a Patriot League standard with 306 goals in 2012.

Skiera spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach with UC Davis’ women’s lacrosse program and helped dramatically increase the Aggies’ offensive production. Skiera instructed a UC Davis offense that achieved 14.06 goals per contest in 2010 after netting 10.06 goals per game in 2009.

Prior to her time at UC Davis, Skiera worked two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Navy, aiding the Midshipmen in their transition from the club level to Division I for the 2008 campaign.

In 2008, Skiera served as the co-head coach of the Dutch national women’s lacrosse team, leading the squad in the 2008 European Lacrosse Championships in Lahti, Finland.

Skiera completed an impressive four-year playing career at Duke in 2007, twice earning All-America honors. She graduated as the school’s career leader in assists (116) and ranks second with 277 points. Additionally, Skiera is tied for fourth on the Blue Devils’ career goal scoring list with 161 markers.

During her senior campaign, Skiera tallied a Duke-record 44 assists to go along with a career-high 90 points in 20 appearances. She earned three All-America citations following the season and was a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton Award.

In 2006, Skiera notched a team-leading 32 assists and finished second on the squad with 46 goals, drawing Inside Lacrosse All-America third team recognition and being named a Tewaaraton Award nominee. During her four seasons at Duke, Skiera led the Blue Devils to three NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances, four consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and one ACC Tournament championship.

Skiera earned her bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with a concentration in markets and management studies from Duke in 2007.

In January of 2018, Skiera was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame. She began her stellar career at Mt. Hebron High School where she led the team to four consecutive state titles. She was named Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year, twice (2002 & 2003) and was the All-Metro Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year as a senior in 2003.

A native of Ellicott City, Md., Skiera resides at West Point with her husband Kyle. The two were married in the summer of 2016.

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Shannon Gilroy

Shannon Gilroy enters her fourth season as an Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Army West Point in 2019-20.

During her time with the Black Knights, Gilroy has primarily worked with the draw takers and offensive unit.

In the past two seasons, Gilroy coached the most potent and balanced units in both areas as the Black Knights set program records in points, goals, assists, man-up goals, free position goals, shots, shots on goal and draw controls.

Gilroy was part of program history during the 2019 season as the Black Knights played to a program-best 14-5 record and a third-place finish in the Patriot League standings after recording a 6-3 mark in league play. Army played in its first-ever league tournament and claimed a, 12-9, win in the quarterfinal round versus Lehigh at Michie Stadium. The successful season also included a seven-game winning streak to start the year, a program-high nine home wins and countless records broken.

She worked with Jackie Brattan, who just in her second year, was the first cadet in program history to eclipse 100 draw controls in a single season. Julianna Dworschak and Samantha Stewart also were threats on the draw, compiling career highs of 87 and 79 respectively. The trio were one of just three in 2019 to all record over 70 draws for the season, joining the likes of Boston College, Notre Dame and Maryland.

Gilroy also helped coach Brattan, Stewart, Manuela Cortes and Caroline Raymond to All-Patriot League postseason honors. Raymond was also tabbed the rookie of the year in the Patriot League and by the ECAC following a year in which she set the program record for points and assists.

In 2018, Gilroy also worked with one of the deepest draw control units in the nation as Amy Johnston (85), Stewart (47), Brattan (46) and Dworschak (42) were one of just eight units with four different players recording 40 or more draw controls, along with Boston College, Coastal Carolina, High Point, Maryland, Navy, Princeton and San Diego State.

She mentored Amy Johnston to the program’s first All-Patriot League First Team honors and at the time, a program-record 85 draw controls. Johnston became one of two players in program history at the time to eclipse 100 career points, joining teammate Rachel Hornick.

The Black Knights were equally deep in the attacking zone with eight players posting 20 or more points, six of whom eclipsed the 20-goal mark. Hornick led the offensive group for the second consecutive year in goals (25), assists (23) and points (48), documenting the program’s first season with 20 goals and 20 assists.

In her first season at Army, Gilroy instructed Hornick to the program’s first 50-point season with 40 goals and 13 assists. She also worked closely with Army’s first post-season honorees as Manuela Cortes and Kiersten Spencer were named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.

Prior to West Point, Gilroy worked primarily with the attack and midfield units at Vanderbilt and mentored Second Team All-BIG EAST honorees Kelly Chandler and Emma Dagres.

Gilroy also brings a wealth of top-level playing experience, including competing on the United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team since June 2015. She was one of 24 players to represent the United States during a foreign tour to England in the summer of 2016.

She has gained additional experience as a member of the Long Island Sound of the United Women’s Lacrosse League, the world’s first-ever professional women’s lacrosse league. Gilroy was drafted 10th overall by Long Island during the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League Draft in April 2016.

Prior to playing at the national and professional levels, Gilroy enjoyed a standout playing career at the University of Florida, where she was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award presented annually to the top player in the nation.

A three-time All-American at Florida, Gilroy helped lead the Gators to three conference titles and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four in 2012. She was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2015, while earning All-Tournament Team honors each year. - in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in the BIG EAST in 2015. Additionally, Gilroy was named ALC Midfielder of the Year in 2014 and was an Inside Lacrosse BIG EAST Player of the Week.

Gilroy finished her career ranked tied for eighth in the NCAA Division I record books in career goals (256) and tied for 16th in points (320).

Gilroy graduated from Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2015.

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Carly O'Connell

Carly O'Connell enters her second season with the women's lacrosse program after joining the staff in September 2018.

“We are super fortunate to be heading into this year with Carly on our staff,” Noto Family Women's Head Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. “She is an ambitious young coach on the rise. She has an unbelievable work ethic paired with a great knowledge of lacrosse and team building. Her passion for the sport is contagious when you watch her coach and see her play professionally. Carly works extremely hard to excel at everything she does which completely syncs with our ethos and standard of excellence here at West Point.”

O’Connell comes to West Point after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell. In her first year on the staff, she assisted the River Hawks in a six-game turnaround and helped the team win a program-best six straight contests. UMass-Lowell saw a 40-percent increase in goals and points per game and over a 55-percent increase in assists per game with O’Connell serving as the offensive coordinator.

Prior to arriving at UMass-Lowell, O’Connell was a standout midfielder for the women’s lacrosse team at Oregon. She was Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation as a freshman and sophomore, before being named First Team All-MPSF in her final two seasons with the Ducks.

A four-year starter at Oregon, she helped lead the Ducks to three consecutive MPSF Tournaments from 2014-16. She compiled some of the best numbers in program history and still holds several top-five marks. O’Connell currently ranks first all-time in single season points (71), second in single season draw controls (77) on top of single game draw controls (10). Additionally, she sits third all-time in career points (199) and assists (86), second in draw controls (203) and fifth in caused turnovers (63).

After wrapping up her collegiate playing career in Eugene, Ore., O’Connell was drafted by the Philadelphia Force of the United Women’s Lacrosse League.

This past season with the Force, she totaled seven goals, nine assists, 33 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers and 21 draw controls in five contests.

She also has experience working at the club level, having coached the Revolution Lacrosse Club as well as the 3D Lacrosse Club.

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