PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University women’s lacrosse head coach Laura Brand has announced that former Scarlet Knight standout Kristin Checksfield has been hired as an assistant coach.
Checksfield replaces Bernadette Smith on the Scarlet Knights’ sideline for the upcoming 2005 season. She will primarily work with the team’s defenders on a daily basis, while also serving as the program’s academic coordinator.
“I am thrilled to have Kristin back at Rutgers,” said Brand. “Her work ethic on and off the field, coupled with her ability as a player, will bring great things to our program. Kristin not only has a complete understanding of our defensive system, but her ability to guide our younger defenders will greatly aid our team’s success.”
Checksfield, a member of the Scarlet Knights from 2000-2003, is one of the program’s most decorated players of all-time. She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection from 2001-2003, earning league Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002. She was named an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Regional All-American in 2002.
A defensive stalwart, Checksfield’s name is painted throughout the school’s record book. She is currently the school’s all-time leader in caused turnovers with 109, breaking the previous mark by 26. Checksfield also owns the second-highest ground ball total in a single season with 41 in 2002, while her 34 ground balls in 2003 are tied for fourth on the single-season chart. She also owns a share of the record for most caused turnovers in a game with seven against Hofstra on March 15, 2003.
She was a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, earning the award during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 school years.
Checksfield graduated from Rutgers in 2003. She was immediately hired by the public relations firm Manning, Selvage & Lee in New York City, and worked as a health care analyst for the group before returning to her alma mater and accepting the position with the Scarlet Knights.