Kerry Stoothoff was hired as an assistant coach with the JMU lacrosse program in July 2016.
Stoothoff is primarily responsible for leading JMU’s goalkeeping unit.
In her first year with the program, JMU saw a big defensive turnaround as the goalies aided in the team ranking 10th nationally in scoring defense (8.95). The Dukes held opponents to seven goals or less in 10 games and five or fewer in five outings. In the first round of the 2017 NCAA Championship, JMU limited Louisville to only six goals to earn the program’s first NCAA victory since 2010.
She coached Emily Poelma to a stellar season between the pipes, as she was named VaSID Second Team All-State. Poelma ranked 15th nationally with a 9.38 goals against average and just outside the top 30 in save percentage (.462).
Stoothoff came to JMU after spending the past three seasons at NCAA Division II power Adelphi where she coached the goalies and defense. During her time with the Panthers, she helped the program to two national championships in 2014 and 2015 and a berth in the NCAA title game in 2016.
Adelphi went 64-2 in her three years on the coaching staff, including a 37-1 mark during Northeast-10 play. The Panthers’ defense was regarded as one of the nation’s best, recording three shutouts and limiting opponents to less than five goals in 35 of 66 games, including 13 during the 2016 campaign.
She coached goalkeeper Taylor Hayes to a plethora of national awards in her three seasons with program. Hayes was the 2016 NCAA Division II statistical champion for goals against average, conceding just 4.27 goals per outing in 22 starts. The goalie was also named 2014 NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year and earned MVP status at the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship.
Stoothoff was a four-year letterwinner at Loyola, making 62 starts and totaling 3,497 minutes between the pipes for the Greyhounds. A three-year starter, she completed her career ranking fifth on Loyola’s all-time saves list with 528. Stoothoff left the program with a career .485 save percentage and 9.61 goals against average, resulting in a 53-22 record in goal.
The Blue Point, N.Y., native was a two-time Tewaaraton Award watch list selection in 2011 and 2012 while also earning IWLCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region and All-Big East honors during both seasons. Stoothoff helped Loyola to back-to-back Big East titles in 2011 and 2012 and was voted the Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, becoming the only player in conference history to win consecutive MOP accolades. She was also tabbed Loyola’s MVP in 2010 and received the Unsung Hero Award in 2012.
Stoothoff also plays in the professional ranks as the starting goalkeeper for the Baltimore Ride of the United Women’s Lacrosse League, playing in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.