Kristen Nicholson

Nicholson, who led the successful reboot of Moravian Colleges womens lacrosse program, was announced as the 9th head coach in Kutztown University program.

Nicholson joined Moravian back in 2014 with the Greyhounds in the midst of a five-year hiatus from varsity play. She spent the 2015 season leading the schools club team, while vigorously recruiting a freshman class for a return to varsity competition in 2016.

Following two respectable seasons, Nicholson guided Moravian to its first winning season since 2008 --and second in its history-- with an 11-5 record in 2018. That started a run of four consecutive winning seasons for the Greyhounds and back-to-back appearances in the Landmark Conference semifinals (2018 and 2019).

Nicholson led Moravian to an ECAC Division III quarterfinals berth in 2017, signaling the programs first-ever postseason game. In 2021, the Hounds defeated Elizabethtown College 15-12 in the Landmark quarterfinals for their first-ever postseason victory.

In six seasons with the Bethlehem-based school, Nicholson composed a 46-37 record (.554). She coached 11 All-Landmark student-athletes, two IWLCA All-Metro Region players, 2016 ECAC South Rookie of the Year Jillian Picciuto and 2019 Landmark Conference Player of the Year Liz Bill. Nicholson also had more than 40 representatives on the Landmark Academic Honor Roll since 2017.

Nicholson coached on Adrienne Carrs staff at FDU-Florham, her alma mater, for three seasons prior to taking the reigns at Moravian. The Devils won 13 games and qualified for the postseason in each campaign. Nicholson was an assistant on FDU-Florhams 2012 MAC Freedom championship team and led the program to a 13-8 record, its second straight conference title and a spot in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament in 2013 while serving as interim head coach with Carr on maternity leave.

The former Kristen Schuster played for FDU-Florham from 2007-10, scoring 179 career points on 131 goals and 48 assists. She also totaled 77 ground balls and 60 draw controls. As a senior, Nicholson was elected a team captain and named All-Middle Atlantic Conference Second Team. She also led the Devils to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the championship game.

FDU-Florham made postseason appearances in each of Nicholsons four seasons as a student-athlete, winning the MAC championship in 2008 and receiving a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Nicholson earned a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from FDU-Florham in 2010 and later received her Master's Degree in sport management from the school. She currently resides in Milford, N.J., with her husband, David, and their son, Gavin.