BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb announced Tuesday that Elisabeth Blackwell has joined the lacrosse program as an assistant coach.
Blackwell joins the Runnin' Bulldogs after spending the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant at Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville.
"I am very excited to add Elisabeth to our coaching staff," said head coach Jillian Krick, who enters her second season in charge of the GWU program. "As a former player at Stetson she understands the process of a startup program. She has also seen and experienced success as a coach at Louisville.
"Elisabeth will bring great insight and knowledge from her previous experiences. I am thrilled to have her here on campus to start the fall season."
During her season at Louisville, Blackwell helped the Cardinals forge a 12-6 overall record – including an impressive 8-1 mark at home. The Cardinals advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, falling to Northwestern in the opening round.
Two Cardinals earned All-ACC honors, three earned IWLCA All-Region honors and Kaylin Morissette was named first-team IWLCA All-America after scoring 56 points (37 goals, 19 assists). Morissette, also a Tewaaraton Award nominee, was selected by the Philadelphia Force in the 2016 UWLX (United Women's Lacrosse League) Draft.
Prior to joining the Louisville staff, Blackwell spent her final three collegiate seasons at Stetson. The standout defender started 43 games and was a Co-Captain in 2015. That season she helped anchor the top defense in program history.
Blackwell spent her freshman season at LIU-Brooklyn, starting all 16 games for the Blackbirds in 2011.
She was a four-year letter winner at Barron Collier (Fla.) High in Naples, helping the Cougars to a pair of state championships and another runner-up finish. Blackwell earned All-County and All-Region honors and was team MVP in 2010.
She graduated from Stetson in 2015 with a degree in Biology.