June 20, 2011

Goldsborough Back at Bucknell for Second Stint

Blog: Bison Set for Return to Glory Days, Sort Of

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Randall Goldsborough, a former standout player at the University of Maryland and with the U.S. National Team, will return for her second stint as Bucknell's head women's lacrosse coach, director of athletics and recreation John Hardt announced Monday. Goldsborough previously coached the Bison in 2003 and 2004, leading the team to .500 or better records and berths in the Patriot League Tournament both years.

In her two seasons at Bucknell, Goldsborough coached back-to-back Patriot League Offensive Players of the Year in Suzanne Raffaele and Meredith Wright, as well as a PL Defensive Player of the Year in goalie Nicole Kallis. The Bison finished 8-8 in 2003 and 8-7 in 2004, and in 2003 they defeated Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals to reach the championship game for the first time in program history.

Goldsborough's 2004 team placed a national-best 10 student-athletes on the IWLCA All-Academic Team, and that squad's 3.43 combined grade-point average was the second-best mark in the nation.

"We are certainly pleased and excited to welcome Randall Goldsborough back to Bucknell," said Hardt. "In her two previous seasons here, she was highly regarded by her student-athletes and our entire staff, and we were sorry to see her leave us after the 2004 season. Randall has achieved success at every level of lacrosse as both a player and coach, and she is adept at passing on all the experiences that she has collected through the years."

"I am absolutely thrilled to be back at Bucknell," said Goldsborough. "I'd like to thank John Hardt for giving me this opportunity. It was really insightful talking to John and the staff and some of the student-athletes on the team throughout the search process, and I really came away with the feeling that everyone here is excited about the future of the program and the success that we know we can have. The timing is perfect for me to come back and take over a program that I feel is capable of achieving a lot of success in the very near future. Bucknell has always had a special place in my heart ever since I left, and I have been waiting for the right chance to get back. We have a lot of work in front of us, but there is a lot of talent on the team, and I can't wait to sprint right back into it and get started again."

Following the 2004 campaign, Goldsborough 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.

Since the 2007-08 academic year, Goldsborough has 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, Goldsborough 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.

She went on to serve as an assistant coach at North Carolina in 1998, where she helped the Tar Heels reach the NCAA Final Four. After a one-year stint as lacrosse and soccer coach at her alma mater St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Md., in the fall of 1999 she earned her first collegiate head coaching position at Division III Franklin & Marshall. While in that role, she led the team to a top-15 national ranking in each season, while also consistently coaching players to regional and national All-America status. She accumulated a 26-22 record with the Diplomats and led her team to two straight Centennial Conference semifinal appearances.

An active participant in national coaching camps and clinics since 1993, Goldsborough has also been heavily involved in lacrosse on the international level. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2006 and was part of gold medal-winning U.S. World Cup squad in 2001. Goldsborough, who also played on the soccer team at Maryland, has been a consultant to the Wales national women's lacrosse team, and in 2010 she coached a team with the Rebels Lacrosse Club.

Goldsborough takes over a Bucknell team that will return nine starters, including its top three scorers, from a 2011 squad that finished 3-13 with a lineup consisting primarily of first-year players. She replaces Caline McHenry, who stepped down last month after four years as head coach.

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