SHANNON GILROYDIRECTOR OF OPS./ALUMNI ARMY WEST POINT SHANNON.GILROY@WESTPOINT.EDU 845-938-1981
Kristen Skiera, formerly Kristen Waagbo, enters her third season as the Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Army West Point during the 2016-17 academic year after being appointed to the position on June 13, 2014.
Skiera led the team during its inaugural season to a 5-12 mark with the first program win coming against Central Connecticut State. The team defeated the Blue Devils, LIU Brooklyn, UMass-Lowell, Presbyterian and Howard in their 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 continued to transition the team to the varsity level, with women’s lacrosse becoming the Academy’s 28th varsity sport in the 2015-16 academic year. Army West Point competed at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Patriot League in the 2016 season.
Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera
Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera announced the hiring of Shannon Gilroy as an assistant coach in August. Gilroy comes to West Point after spending one year as an assistant at Vanderbilt.
Gilroy worked primarily with the attack and midfield units at Vanderbilt and mentored Second Team All-BIG EAST honorees Kelly Chandler and Emma Dagres. The Commodores finished with a 5-11 overall record during the 2015 season.
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 selected 10th overall by Long Island during the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League Draft in April 2016.
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach Shannon Gilroy
Carly O'Connell enters her first season with the women's lacrosse program after joining the staff in September 2018.
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.
ASSISTANT WOMEN'S LACROSSE COACH CARLY O'CONNELL
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