COLUMBUS, Ohio – Taylor VanThof, a two-time second-team All-American during her career at Loyola (Md.) and a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist, has been hired as an assistant coach at Ohio State, head coach Amy Bokker announced today.
VanThof comes to Columbus after spending the last year as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. Prior to the season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huskies were 5-2 overall and had scored 19 or more goals in four of their five wins.
“I am very pleased to welcome Taylor to Buckeye Nation,” said Bokker. “She is a young, innovative coach who is ready to contribute to our offensive unit and draw teams. Taylor has had incredible mentors as a coach and a player and I am excited to watch her continue to grow. She is competitive, passionate about the game and I believe will be a tremendous role model for the women in our program.”
Drafted 14th overall by the Philly Fire in the 2019 WPLL Spring Draft, VanThof wrapped up a successful four-year career as a member and team captain of the Loyola (Md.) women’s lacrosse team, where she owns the school record for the most draw controls in a single game (21), season (146) and career (392). She also became just the third player in Patriot League history with 100 draws in multiple seasons.
VanThof is still active with the WPLL and is currently a member of the Command.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that head coach Amy Bokker, as well as the rest of the women’s lacrosse support staff, has given me,” said VanThof. “I am excited and honored to officially be a part of the Ohio State Department of Athletics and Buckeye Nation. Ohio State is rich in tradition and I am humbled to take part in continuing to build this legacy.”
Tabbed as the 2019 Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, VanThof amassed 103 goals and 26 assists during her career. In addition to being named a 2018 Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist, VanThof has was also honored as an IWLCA second-team All-American and an Inside Lacrosse third-team All-American in both 2018 and 2019, as well as three selections to the All-Patriot League first team and the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.
Off the field, VanThof held assistant coaching roles with the Lady Roc, Coppermine and SEVEN Lacrosse Training programs. From 2015-19, VanThof served as the head coach of the Greene Turtle Lacrosse team where she provides instructional sessions and skill development for the youth teams.
A native of Livonia, N.Y., VanThof earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration: marketing from Loyola (Md.) in May of 2019.