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HEAD COACH LINDSEY KELLER

 

Lindsey Kellar

In 2020, Lindsey (Rosecrans) Kellar will be in her sixth season as the first-ever women’s lacrosse coach at Illinois Wesleyan University.

She has a five-year record of 84-33 (718 winning percentage) and a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin record of 29-8 (.784) with two league championships. She was chosen as the CCIW "Coach of the Year" in 2016, 2018 and 2019 and has coached a total of 25 all-conference selections.

The 2018 team had a 16-5 overall record and went 6-0 in winning the CCIW regular season championship. Winning the CCIW postseason tournament got the team into the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse championships for the second straight year and IWU got its first-ever NCAA tourney win with a home victory over Hamline before losing at Middlebury (Vt.), the eventual national runner-up. The Titans had seven players earn all-conference honors, including offensive and defensive players of the year (Dani Engelbreit and Mariah Smith) and top newcomer (goalkeeper Janaye Godfrey).

In 2017, IWU finished with a 14-6 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the CCIW, winning the league's postseason tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse championships. Illinois Wesleyan placed seven women on the all-CCIW squads with four first-team honorees and three second-team honorees.

In 2016, IWU finished with a 15-4 overall mark and a 4-2 record in the CCIW, earning a spot in the league's postseason tournament before losing in the title game.

Her first team in 2015 won their first three games and finished with an 7-9 overall record, playing against many schools that had established lacrosse programs. Illinois Wesleyan began an intercollegiate women’s lacrosse team in the spring of 2015 after the men’s lacrosse team was started in the spring of 2014.

When she was hired in June 2014, Kellar said, "I am extremely grateful and excited at having the unique opportunity to start the women’s lacrosse program at Illinois Wesleyan. I am thrilled to be a part of such a strong athletics program at a highly academic institution, and I look forward to building a successful team on and off the field,” said Kellar, a native of Niskayuna, N.Y., and a 2009 graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

Kellar had one of the finest careers in Siena women's lacrosse history. At the time of her graduation, she was the program's all-time leader in points (153), goals (120) and draw controls (111). As a senior, she was named to the first team of the all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference squads after breaking the school's single-season record with 65 points.

She spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for Siena, where she helped on Saints teams that qualified for the MAAC conference tournament both seasons and produced the program's first-ever MAAC co-“Defensive Player of the Year “ in Amanda Corso.
Kellar also spent a season as a volunteer assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has been a head coach for the ADK girls lacrosse club, the Albany Elite and Albany Power club lacrosse teams.

Kellar, who teaches classes in psychology at Illinois Wesleyan, earned her doctorate in educational psychology at the University at Albany in December 2014 and she married Michael Kellar in October 2016. They are the parents of Graceyn Rose Kellar, born Dec. 4, 2017.