Kylee White, a four-time member of Canadian World Cup teams, enters her fourth season as San Diego State women's lacrosse head coach. Women's lacrosse became the 19th collegiate sport at SDSU in 2012 and the first addition since 2000, when women's indoor track and field began competition.
White led SDSU to its first postseason berth in program history in 2014, as the Aztecs began the season with a 4-0 mark, and set several new program records including most conference victories (4), most road victories (4) and most player of the week honors (6). San Diego State also had attack Michaela Jarvis, midfielder Christina Ricciardulli and defender Lauren Paul named to the all-MPSF second team, while the Aztecs played a challenging schedule that featured four teams that made the NCAA Tournament and six teams that were ranked or received votes in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or the Brine Women's Media Poll.
The Aztecs made good progress under White the
second season in program history, finishing with
eight wins overall and three victories in Mountain
Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play. In the
process, SDSU had a program-best four-game winning
streak from March 10-22, capped off with its first
victory over conference foe Oregon. In addition, the
Aztecs had three players earn MPSF Player of the
Week honors, as sophomore Christina Ricciardulli,
sophomore Bailey Ewing and sophomore Madison Wallace
were each all-MPSF second-team selections.
In her first season at San Diego State, White led the Aztecs to five victories in their inaugural campaign, including two wins in
MPSF action. SDSU claimed its first victory in program history on Feb. 17 with a 14-9 decision over Cincinnati at Aztec Lacrosse Field. SDSU then earned a close 11-10 win vs. Saint Mary's (March 2), followed by cruising to a 15-8 victory over Fresno State in the Aztecs' final home game (March 20). SDSU closed out its first season on a high note by winning two of its last four games, including a 19-6 victory at Regis University (April 7) and a close 13-12 win at Saint Mary's (April 13).
It addition to the successful campaign, White coached two players to all-conference honors in her first year on Montezuma Mesa. Madison Wallace and Meris Walsh garnered all-MPSF second-team honors after each had a tremendous first year as an Aztec. Wallace started all 15 games in defense for SDSU, while collecting 25 ground balls and causing 11 turnovers on the season. Walsh, meanwhile, also started 15 contests en route to scoring a team-high 47 goals and adding three assists for a team-leading 50 points in her sophomore campaign.
"Kylee White has participated in lacrosse at the
collegiate and international level as both a
student-athlete and coach," San Diego State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Sterk said. "She
possesses a tremendous will to win, and an intensity
and drive to build our program the right way. As a
former scholar-athlete and all-Big Ten performer,
Kylee understands that having a great program means
not just achieving success on the playing field, but
developing our student-athletes as scholars and
"It's an honor to be selected as the first head
women's lacrosse coach at San Diego State
University," White said. "I'm excited to join the
Aztec family and to help continue the development
and growth of lacrosse in the West. SDSU has a great
tradition of academic and athletic excellence and
I'm looking forward to building a program that
encompasses these same standards."
In 2010, White came to Montezuma Mesa after spending two
seasons at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md.,
where she served as the first assistant coach,
instructing the midfield and defensive players.
White was also the coordinator of recruiting and
During her two years at Loyola, the Greyhounds
went 22-13 (.629) and earned a trip to the 2010 BIG
EAST Tournament for the first time in program
history, while leading the nation in caused
turnovers per game in both 2009 and 2010. In
addition, White helped coach a second-team
All-American in 2010 and four all-region selections.
"I learned a lot over the past two years with
Loyola University," White said. "I wanted to thank
(Loyola head coach) Jen Adams for her mentorship in
preparing me for this incredible opportunity."
Prior to Loyola, White returned to her alma mater
at Ohio State in 2008, where she served as an
assistant coach. While in Columbus, White helped the
Buckeyes to a 10-8 record. OSU finished the season
ranked 11th in the country in ground balls per game.
Before Ohio State, White worked three seasons on
the staff at Stanford where she helped the Cardinal
to three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)
Championships. Stanford became the first program
west of the Mississippi River to earn a bid to the
NCAA Division I Championships.
White was also an assistant coach of Canada's
U-19 team that finished fourth in the 2007 World
Championships. Four of the players White coached
were named to the All-World Team after the
A native of London, Ontario, Canada, White has
played in four IFWLA World Cups for her native
country. In 2001 and 2005, she helped Canada to a
pair of fourth-place finishes. White led the Canadians to its first bronze
medal in 27 years in the 2009 World Cup, and
propelled them to a silver medal in the 2013 World
Cup played in Canada. At the 2005 tournament, White
ranked in the top five for caused turnovers per game
and was nominated for the All-World team.
A four-year letterwinner at Ohio State, White
(then Kylee Reade) was a four-time Buckeye
scholar-athlete pick and an Academic All-Big Ten
performer on three occasions. She co-captained the
2002 squad to an 11-5 mark, runner-up finish in the
American Lacrosse Conference, and Ohio State's first
NCAA bid. White caused 28
turnovers in 2001 and still ranks among the OSU
all-time leaders in caused turnovers and ground
White was a two-year member of the Ohio State
Student-Athlete Advisory Board and served as a
co-captain of the inaugural Ohio State women's
varsity hockey team in 1999-2000.
In 1995, White played on the inaugural U19
Canadian National Team and helped lead the team to
the First World Championship, finishing fourth.
White, who earned her bachelor of science degree
in education in 2002, is married to Todd White and
has a great dane named Astro.