COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University women’s lacrosse Head Coach Alexis Venechanos has bolstered her staff with the additions of Kevin Burns as an assistant coach and Lynda McCandlish as the director of operations, the team announced Tuesday.
Burns and McCandlish bring a wealth of head coaching experience to the staff, with Burns coming off a seven-year run as the head coach at Bellarmine, and McCandlish finishing up a successful five-year stint at Oberlin. The new staff members also have built in connections to coach Venechanos, with Burns working as an assistant coach at UMass while Venechanos ran their women’s program, and McCandlish playing under Venechanos at Northwestern.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome both Kevin and Lynda along with their families to Buckeye Nation,” coach Venechanos said. “I have known both Lynda and Kevin for over 10 years and I know they are a perfect fit for the program. They both bring different lacrosse experiences and knowledge to the program and I cannot wait to learn from them.”
Burns, the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, led the Knights to new levels of success in his seven years at Bellarmine. During his tenure, the team saw its first postseason appearance in 2016. In addition to postseason action, the team notched it first two All-Americans in program history, and notched 10 all-conference selections over his seven years.
“I am very excited to be a part of the women’s lacrosse program at The Ohio State University,” Burns said. “I want to thank coach Venechanos and the rest of the Ohio State Athletics administration for this amazing opportunity. My whole family can’t wait to join Buckeye nation!”
A two-time national champion as a player at Northwestern, McCandlish has spent the last five years as the head coach at Oberlin where she led the Yeowomen to unprecedented success. The Upper Arlington native notched two North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards during her time at Oberlin while leading the team to two NCAC Championship game appearances.
“I am beyond excited and honored to become a Buckeye,” McCandlish said. “Being from Columbus, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Ohio State, and I can’t wait to get started. Alexis was one of my coaches at Northwestern and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work with her. The past 5 years at Oberlin has been an incredible experience and I want to thank everyone there. Go Bucks!”
In total, the Buckeye lacrosse staff brings 23 combined years of head coaching experience and seven national championships to the table.
“The ability to add two members to the Buckeye Lacrosse program with head coaching experience is tremendous,” Venechanos concluded. “The goal for the season is to compete for a Big 10 Championship and we just took a big step closer to that goal.”