Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/8/15
From Press Release
Richmond women’s lacrosse head coach Allison Kwolek has announced the hire of former Northwestern goalie Bridget Bianco to the position of assistant coach with the Spiders this summer. The Moorestown, New Jersey native was a three-year starter for the Wildcats.
Bianco was a standout goalie at Northwestern. Her freshmen year the Wildcats captured an NCAA National Championship. As a starter, she helped lead the team to consecutive Final Four berths in 2013 and 2014. Bianco is a former Tewaarton Watch List honoree that earned All-America status in 2013 and All-NCAA Tournament honors in 2014. She was named All-American Lacrosse Conference in 2014 after earning three ALC Defensive Player of the Week honors and earned a Big 10 Player of the Week in 2015 when that league formed a women’s lacrosse conference. She graduated from Northwestern in June.
“I’m excited to announce Bridget as our new assistant coach,” said Kwolek, who enters her fourth season at the helm. “She had a great career in goal for Northwestern and I’m excited for her to begin working with our goalkeepers and defensive unit. Bridget brings a wealth of experience from a successful program and we look forward to her contributing her knowledge to our program.”
She has worked multiple camps each summer since she arrived in Evanston, both back home in South Jersey and at Northwestern. She also performed a variety of community service projects as a student athlete, including Girls in the Game, Breaststroke for Breast Cancer, and Knockout for Autism and Outreach With Lacrosse & Schools (OWLS).
“I am really excited for the opportunity to join Richmond women’s lacrosse,” said Bianco. “Between their prestigious academics and amazing athletics, I do not think there is a better place to begin my coaching career. Allison and (assistant coach) Sarah (Kuonen) have done such an amazing job with this program and have a great philosophy, which makes it very exciting to learn from them. I really look forward to helping the team on our upcoming season!”
Her primary focus with Richmond will be working with the goalies and defensive unit. She’ll also be involved with overall player development, scouts, film review and travel.
The Spiders are coming off their first back-to-back seasons with 10 or more wins since 2007-2008. Richmond has finished second in the A-10 in both of the past two seasons and advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championships title game in both seasons. Despite losing the program’s all-time assists leader in Emily Doyle and three-year starting goalie Emily Boyce, the Spiders boast the 2015 A-10 Rookie of the Year in Kim Egizi and return 17 of the 23 student-athletes on the squad.