COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse staff under new head coach Amy Bokker is complete with the hiring of associate head coach Kristen Carr, the program announced Wednesday (June 26). Carr comes to Ohio State from Stanford, where she assisted Bokker for four seasons, leading the Cardinal to three NCAA Tournament appearances and the inaugural Pac-12 Championship in 2018.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kristen Carr to Buckeye Nation,” Bokker said. “I have had the pleasure of having Kristen by my side for the past four seasons and I am so happy we are starting a new chapter at Ohio State together. Kristen knows how to get the most out of student-athletes. She is genuinely caring, thoughtful and selfless in her contributions to the team. Kristen works very hard and this is evident in how she develops relationships with those around her including student-athletes, recruits and as you will soon see, our extended Buckeye Lacrosse family. As a current professional and national team player, Kristen continues to be a role model and an advocate for women’s lacrosse – a true leader in our sport.”
Carr served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, producing three Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans. During her tenure at the helm of the defense, Stanford ranked in the Top 25 in scoring defense in three of four seasons, including finishing the 2018 season at 10th in the nation, allowing an average of just 9.4 goals per game. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Carr functioned as director of recruiting and director of camps and clinics.
“I want to thank head coach Amy Bokker and the Ohio State University for the opportunity to serve as their women’s lacrosse coach,” Carr said. “I couldn’t be more excited to begin my next adventure in coaching at Ohio State and I am overjoyed to join Amy, Kara Mupo and Buckeye Nation. Ohio State has a rich tradition of excellence and I am honored that we will have a hand in helping create a legacy for Ohio State women’s lacrosse. Go Bucks!”
A current member of the U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse team, Carr was coached by Bokker as a member of the gold-medal winning 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup team in Oshawa, Ontario. The U.S. defended that title in 2017, with Carr helping the team to its eighth FIL World Cup in a victory over Canada in Guildford, England. The U.S. National team won another gold medal in the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, with 2017 marking the first year of lacrosse being included in the World Games. In addition, Carr is a speaker and demonstrator at the US Lacrosse Conference.
Passionate about community service, Carr is a trained facilitator for the One Love Foundation’s Escalation Workshop. She served as the co-director for the Lacrosse for Love Tournament in 2016 benefiting the One Love Foundation and was coordinator and liaison for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation while a member of the University of North Carolina women’s lacrosse team.
Carr plays professional lacrosse in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) as a starting defender on the Upstate Pride. Prior to playing in the WPLL, Carr played for the Baltimore Ride in the United Women’s Lacrosse League.
Before joining the Stanford staff, Carr served as an assistant at the University of Delaware for three seasons. While at Delaware Carr worked as an offensive coordinator, increasing the team’s shooting percentage to 46.8 percent from 44.1 percent, and total points to 264, up from 217, while guiding the Blue Hens to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship. She also assisted with strength and conditioning, service initiatives, player development, equipment and sponsorship, travel and fundraising efforts.
A 2010 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in exercise and sport science, Carr served as a volunteer assistant with the Tar Heels in 2011. Working as a draw coach, assistant defensive coordinator and goalie coach, Carr helped lead UNC to a 15-6 record, a runner-up finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a berth to the NCAA Final Four.
An IWLCA All-American defensive midfielder, Carr led the Tar Heels to a four-year record of 60-20 and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2009, a berth in the semifinals in 2010 and trips to the quarterfinals in 2007 and 2008. She appeared in 81 games with 62 starts and recorded 21 goals and nine assists while setting a UNC career record with 174 draw controls. She also set the single game (eight) and single season (64) marks for draw controls. Carr was also a member of the Carolina Leadership Academy, achieving 3DL Leader of Distinction status from 2009 to 2010, the most prestigious leadership honor on a varsity team.
Carr earned First Team All-America and First Team All-ACC honors as a senior in 2010 when she was one of the nation’s top draw control specialists and led the nation’s third-ranked defense that allowed just 7.25 goals per game. She broke her own UNC single season draw control record with 64 and also caused 18 turnovers to rank No. 3 all-time in UNC history. The team went 17-3 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.