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posted 06.20.2011 at 1.13 p.m. by Clare Lochary

Goldsborough Back to Bucknell

Maryland alum and former U.S. national team player Randall Goldsborough has taken the head coaching job at Bucknell, a position she previously held in 2003 and 2004. Former head coach Caline McHenry stepped down after four years at the helm in May.

This may be a return to (relative) glory for the Bison. Goldsborough went 16-15 in her two seasons in Lewisburg, and took Bucknell to the Patriot League tournament both years. At the time, the 8-7 season in 2004 was the Bison’s first winning season in five years. It was also their last winning season, although they did go 9-9 in 2009.

Goldsborough has a history of winning as a player and a coach. She won back-to-back national championships in 1995 and 1996 as a player at Maryland and was an assistant coach for the Terps’ 1997 championship run.

Goldsborough will inherit a team that went 3-13 in 2011 and will graduate all-conference goalie Alyssa DeLorenz. The cupboard isn’t completely bare, though. The top three scorers, freshmen Katelyn Miller and Ali Carey and sophomore Madison Hurwitz, return.

Goldsborough should have her fingers on the pulse of up-and-coming talent as well, since she was most recently the head girls' lacrosse coach at Sidwell Friends (D.C.) Academy. (OMG WHAT DOES SHE KNOW ABOUT SASHA AND MALIA OBAM—sorry, sorry. Impartial, professional reporter brain is back.) Goldsborough also served as head coach at Division III Franklin and Marshall, and has done stints as an assistant coach at Stanford, North Carolina and her alma mater.

For those keeping count, there are now 16 former Terps who are NCAA head coaches, 10 in Division I: Jen Adams at Loyola, Kelly Amonte Hiller at Northwestern, Missy Doherty at Penn State, Kerstin Kimel at Duke, Sonia LaMonica at Towson, Cathy Reese at Maryland, Amy Patton at Dartmouth, Alexis Venechanos at Ohio State, Denise Wescott at Monmouth and now Goldsborough at Bucknell. That’s actually down from last season – no more Allison Comito at Stony Brook or Mary Ann Melzer at Detroit Mercy – but with six Division I head jobs still open (Cal, Detroit Mercy, Michigan, Notre Dame, St. Francis and Villanova), the Terp count could always rise higher.