Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/5/21 – From Press Release
Kim Hillier, the new Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach for Drexel, has named Katie O’Donnell (Henderson, Penn State) and Alyssa Guido as assistant coaches for the upcoming season. O’Donnell and Guido come to the city of brotherly love after spending the 2021 season in the Patriot League.
“I couldn’t be more excited to announce the hiring of both Katie O’Donnell and Alyssa Guido,” Hillier said. “Each of them brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the game of lacrosse that I think will only continue to help elevate this program.”
A West Chester native, O’Donnell joins the Drexel staff after spending her last two seasons with Lehigh University. She will be working primarily with Drexel’s defensive unit and helping to oversee the draw unit. Under the direction of head coach Jill Redfern, O’Donnell helped lead the Mountain Hawks to back-to-back winning seasons.
The Mountain Hawks finished the shortened 2021 season with a 9-4 record and 6-1 in Patriot League play. O’Donnell helped push the Mountain Hawks to their first Patriot League title game for the first time since 2010 and win two Patriot League Tournament contests for the first time in program history.
In her inaugural season with Lehigh, the Mountain Hawks competed to a 6-2 record heading into conference play before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. With the help of O’Donnell, Lehigh saw only the second athlete in women’s lacrosse history to be named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
A two-time All-American midfielder, O’Donnell was a two-time team captain at Penn State, was an IWLCA first team All-American, and won Big Ten Midfielder of the Year. She ended her career fourth in program history for career goals (203) and sixth in points (227) and went on to be selected fourth overall in the 2018 WPLL (Women’s Professional Lacrosse League) Draft by the New England Command. O’Donnell is currently a member of the United States National Team and tried out to be part of the 2021 World Lacrosse Championship team.
O’Donnell also was the Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year in 2014.
“Katie understands what it’s like to compete at the national level and is incredibly passionate about giving back to the sport that provided her the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Hillier. “Her love for the game is contagious and her drive to develop our student-athletes is the exact mindset that I feel will bring these student athletes the most success.”
Guido joins the Dragons after spending the 2021 season as an assistant at Holy Cross. She will assist in overseeing both sides of the ball and work closely with the goalkeepers.
In 2021, Guido only assisted the Crusaders in six games due to season ending complications regarding COVID-19. Prior to her time with Holy Cross, Guido spent two years as the head coach of Maritime College. Maritime battled to a 4-1 record in 2020 before its season ended prematurely due to COVID-19. In her first season at the helm, Guido guided the Privateers to an 8-6 record with a 4-3 mark in the Skyline Conference during the 2019 campaign, with the program posting its first-ever winning season and making its first Skyline Conference playoff appearance. Guido was named the 2019 Skyline Conference Coach of the Year, while four of her players earned all-league recognition.
“Alyssa is one of the most loyal individuals I have ever met,” Hillier stated. “Her experience, patience, work ethic and her [earn everything] mentality throughout the years is exactly why she adds to the completion of our family. She has a ton of knowledge and knows what it takes to be a part of a winning culture.”
Prior to her time at Maritime, Guido served as a coach, director and account manager with Team 91 Lacrosse. She managed multiple girls’ and boys’ youth travel teams on Long Island and in Westchester, including oversight of coaching staffs and event directors. Guido also played professionally with the Philadelphia Force of the United Women’s Lacrosse League in the summer of 2017.
Guido spent her collegiate career at Stony Brook under the wing of Hillier. A four-year letterwinner, Guido totaled 77 points, 28 goals and 49 assists in 68 career games played. Guido helped Stony Brook to an overall record of 72-11 during her four years, with the Seawolves winning four straight America East regular season and tournament titles, in addition to making four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.