Regina Oliver (Thomas), a standout for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team from 2002-05, is one of the most outstanding players in program history. She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 in her first year of eligibility.
Oliver, who helped lead the Buckeyes to their first NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and ’03, was a four-time First Team All-American Lacrosse Conference and IWLCA All-Region selection as well as a 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. She earned IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse Second Team All-America accolades in 2003 and was named to the third team in 2004. Oliver was a three-time Inside Lacrosse All-American, with a first team nod in 2003 and third team honors in 2004 and ’05. She was the 2002 ALC Rookie of the Year and earned ALC Player of the Year honors in 2003, leading Ohio State to its first ALC championship.
The native of Pottstown, Pa., ended her career as Ohio State’s career leader in ground balls (236) and caused turnovers (201) and owns the Top 4 marks for caused turnovers in a season, with a school-record 53 in 2003, as well as three of the Top 7 totals for ground balls in a campaign.
After her time as a Buckeye, Oliver continued her lacrosse career as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She was part of two Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup titles, winning gold in 2009 and ‘13. Following the 2009 FIL World Cup, she was named to the All-World Team, a recognition awarded to the 12 best players in the world.
Following graduation in 2005, Oliver spent the 2006 and ’07 seasons as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. She also spent time on staff at Duquesne and is now in her 11th season as the head coach at the University of Cincinnati. She is in the second year of a three-year term as vice president of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA).
READ: 2010 feature on Oliver