PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Scarlet Knight Kristin Checksfield has been named the top assistant coach for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse program, head coach Laura Brand has announced.
Checksfield, who played at Rutgers from 2000-2003, joined RU’s staff last offseason as the second assistant. She will begin her second season on the Rutgers sideline this fall.
“Kristin has done an outstanding job here at Rutgers,” said Brand. “Her knowledge of the University and dedication to the program bring a great deal to this staff. She is extremely trustworthy and driven, and shares my goal of success both on the field and in the classroom. I look forward to the benefits this program will reap on all fronts through her promotion.”
Checksfield is one of the program’s all-time most decorated players. She was a three-time all-BIG EAST selection from 2001-2003, and was named the league’s 2002 Defensive Player of the Year. She also 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. Prior to the start of the 2005 campaign, she was the school’s all-time leader in caused turnovers with 109, breaking the previous mark by 26. Checksfield also owned the second-highest ground ball total in a single season with 41 in 2002, while her 34 ground balls in 2003 were tied for fourth on the single-season chart. She also owned a share of the record for most caused turnovers in a game with seven against Hofstra on March 15, 2003.
Checksfield was a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, earning the award during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years. She graduated from Rutgers in 2003.
Rutgers ended the 2005 season 6-10 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights were forced to deal with an unusually high number of season-ending injuries, but fought hard through a schedule that included eight nationally-ranked opponents.