Sept. 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Head coach Alexis Venechanos has announced the hiring of Jay Carroll as director of operations and Rainey Hodgson as a student assistant coach for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program.
“The addition of a director of operations position to our program will continue to enhance our student-athlete experience,” said Venechanos, who will be in her seventh season at Ohio State in 2017. “With Jay’s unique background and strong organizational skills, he is more than capable of providing the coaching staff and players the necessary support to be successful. We are thrilled to have him in Buckeye Nation.
“Rainey continues our Buckeye Lacrosse coaching tree and we are honored to have her mentoring our players. She provided us strong leadership both on and off the field and it is fantastic having another strong female role model on staff who can relate to the student-athletes and help guide them to reach their potential.”
Carroll will be primarily in charge of assisting the coaching staff with numerous logistical and operational needs, including travel coordination, managing practice and game film and assisting the staff with camp operations. He also will help to maintain a database for recruiting, coordinating referees on game day and setting up daily practice and game plans among other responsibilities.
“As someone who was born and raised in Upper Arlington, growing up just minutes from campus, the fondest memories of my childhood involve Ohio State University athletics,” Carroll said. “I feel so fortunate and am truly honored to come home and be a Buckeye. I want to thank Janine Oman and Alexis Venechanos for the opportunity to work for such a special program. I look forward to learning from this elite, energetic and experienced coaching staff and working with them for the foreseeable future.”
Carroll comes to Ohio State after earning his bachelor’s degree in Media and Journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill this past spring. While at UNC, he served as the head manager for the women’s lacrosse team during the 2016 national championship season that saw the Tar Heels also capture the ACC regular season and tournament crowns. Among his many duties, he oversaw a staff of five additional managers and assisted the coaching staff with film, scouting and highlight videos.
Also during his time at Chapel Hill, he served a manager for the junior varsity men’s basketball team and also assisted the varsity program with numerous tasks during home games and was a staff member at the Roy Williams Basketball Camps.
Carroll was a two-sport varsity athlete in golf and soccer in high school, graduating from St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus in 2011. He also has been a USSF and NCHSAA-licensed soccer referee since 2006, officiating games in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina and served as an assistant boys golf coach at Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington.
Hodgson, from West Islip, N.Y. on Long Island, also will assist Carroll and the coaching staff with logistical and operational needs during practice and games while serving as a valuable mentor to team members, on and off the field.
“These last four years playing lacrosse at Ohio State have been, hands down, the best years of my life,” Hodgson said. “I am so lucky to be able to spend another year at my alma mater being mentored by some of the best coaches in the country. I am ecstatic to start my coaching career at a place so special and rich in tradition.”
Hodgson was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2013-16, playing in 56 games with 32 starts. She served as co-captain last season when she helped Ohio State set program records with its 11-1 start, a nine-game winning streak and a No. 8 Top 20 ranking in the Inside Lacrosse poll.
Hodgson finished second in the Big Ten in assists (1.8), third in points (3.8) and fourth in ground balls (1.7) per game last season. She earned Big Ten player of the week honors in April after she recorded a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists as Ohio State knocked off Penn State at home on Senior Day.
Over her four-year career, she recorded 119 points on 69 goals and 50 assists, which is tied for eighth all-time at Ohio State, and also scooped up 53 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers. Her senior class recorded 45 wins over the last four years, tying for the most all-time with the 2015 seniors. She also played a key role in helping the Buckeyes to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015.