Courtesy of Oberlin Athletics
OBERLIN, Ohio – Oberlin College Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement and Delta Lodge Director of Athletics & Physical Education Natalie Winkelfoos announced the appointment of Kim Russell as the school's head women's lacrosse coach.
"I am grateful to Natalie Winkelfoos and the search committee for choosing me to lead the Oberlin women's lacrosse program," Russell said. "Coach McCandlish did an amazing job building this program over the last five years and I am confident we will continue to create a positive, supportive, and successful environment for our players. We will empower each other to be the best we can be as a team and individuals - on and off the field."
Last year, Russell served as the Director of Girls Lacrosse at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where she oversaw the program and served as head coach for its inaugural 2017-18 varsity season. In addition, Russell managed the program's camp business.
Prior to her time at IMG Academy, Russell was the first-ever women's lacrosse coach at Baldwin Wallace University where she led the Yellow Jackets to the Ohio Athletic Conference finals in three of her four years at the helm. Under her guidance, BW posted a 46-21 overall record and a .687 winning percentage. The 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Russell instructed multiple All-OAC selections and IWLCA Great Lakes Region honorees. Additionally, her players excelled in the classroom as she mentored CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-Americans and IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selections.
"Kim is bringing a wealth of talent and experience to Oberlin," Winkelfoos said. "She will transition easily into the department and community. Not only is Kim an excellent addition to our coaching staff but will also be an asset in our wellness programming — she will be a coach for all students on campus."
Before her tenure at BW, Russell held coaching roles with various club programs in the Cleveland area. She took on her first head coaching position in 1996 when she became the first head coach in the history of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio.
Russell was an NCAA Division I lacrosse and field hockey student-athlete at the College of William & Mary where she earned all-region and all-conference before graduating with a degree in business management.
She inherits a Yeowomen program that finished the 2018 season 10-6, which included a 6-2 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference and second seed in the league tournament.
Russell will start with the non-traditional season this fall in preparations for the Yeowomen's 2019 campaign.