Kelly Gallagher

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Kelly Gallagher is in her sixth season as the head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Tampa.

She was chosen as the program's first coach, being named to the position on Oct. 9, 2012.

Gallagher brings a total of 19 years of lacrosse experience, including coaching stints with Limestone College (2011-12) and NCAA Division I Detroit-Mercy (2008-11).

Under her advisory, in 2018, the Spartans finished the season ranked No. 19 with an overall record of 12-6, marking the best finish in program history. In the historical season, UT opened competition defeating the No. 11 ranked Rollins College Tars by a final score of 10-6. This marked the first time in program history that the Spartans beat a ranked opponent. The firsts continued as the season progressed and Tampa battled into the national rankings, climbing as high as No. 15 (3/19/18). When conference accolades were announced, Gallagher was named the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year, while one of her players, Bridget Sutter, snagged Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year. The Spartans ended their historic season advancing to the Sunshine State Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament for the third time in program history after finishing third in regular-season play.

Her Spartans ranked among NCAA leaders in draw controls in each of her first two seasons, leading the nation in the category in the first year of existence.

She guided Tampa to a successful inaugural season in 2014, matching up against five nationally-ranked opponents. After guiding the program to its first victory in an 11-9 win over Newberry on March 4, Gallagher led her Spartans to four consecutive victories to conclude the month of March as the Spartans also won five of their final eight games of the 2014 campaign.

As the top assistant at Limestone, Gallagher helped the Saints to a 17-2 record in 2012. While advancing to the NCAA tournament, Limestone had three IWCLA All-Americans. The Saints posted the top win-loss percentage in NCAA Division II, and also had five players in the national top-five among statistical rankings.

Hired as the first assistant coach in Detroit women’s lacrosse history, which began play in 2009 as the first such program in the State of Michigan, Gallagher was directly responsible for recruiting nationwide as well as handling the scheduling of practices and games. She also handled training of the team’s goalkeepers and scouting of both UDM’s players and their opponents.