Kendyl Clarkson

Kendyl Clarkson joined the Youngstown State women’s lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant in July 2019.

Clarkson came to Youngstown with six years of head coaching experience at the Division III level and a highly-accomplished background as a student-athlete.

Most recently, Clarkson was the head coach at Virginia Wesleyan University during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The Marlins had back-to-back seasons with at least a .500 record for the first time in more than a decade under Clarkson’s leadership. She recruited the largest two incoming classes in program history, and the Marlins had their biggest roster in program history in 2019.

Prior to her time at Virginia Wesleyan, Clarkson had a successful four-year run at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. She was named the 2017 USA South Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and led the Monarchs to a 32-32 record in four seasons from 2014-17. MU was 1-11 the season prior to her arrival, and Clarkson led the team to records of 5-12, 10-5, 8-8 and 9-7. She coached a total of 11 all-conference players as she became the winningest coach in program history.

Clarkson got her coaching start as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure in 2012-13. She served as the Bonnies’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, and she was also charged with individual skill enhancement and film exchange.

As a student-athlete at Division III Buffalo State, Clarkson led the country in assists per game in 2010 and 2011, and her 88 assists in 2012 tied the Division III all-time record. As a senior, she led the Bengals to their first NCAA Tournament appearance as well as a victory in the opening round. She finished her career ranking second in NCAA history with 240 career assists, and her 385 career points ranked in the top 20.

Clarkson earned her bachelor’s degree in individualized studies with concentrations in education and coaching from Buffalo State in 2012.