Kelsey Van Alstyne

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Kelsey Van Alstyne will return for her second season in 2019.

In her first season at The Rock, Van Alstyne led Slippery Rock to a 13-5 record and a berth into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament. The 13 wins were the most victories in a season in Rock history and the PSAC Tournament berth was just the second in SRU’s 28-year history.

Under her guidance, The Rock finished 2018 leading the nation in ground balls per game (29.06) while also ranking third in caused turnovers per game (14.78), third in save percentage (.535), 11th in goals allowed per game (8.78) and 22nd in win percentage (.722).

Van Alstyne mentored three all-conference honorees in Rachel Shaw, Tia Torchia and PSAC Athlete of the Year Emily Bitka, who went on to be named and All-American and the MVP of the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game.

Van Alstyne, a 2011 graduate of Bloomsburg with a degree in exercise science, returned to the PSAC in 2017 after spending three seasons as the head coach at Division III Morrisville State, where she led the team to a pair of conference titles, two NCAA playoff appearances and never posted a losing record.

The Burnt Hills, New York native guided Morrisville to an 11-8 record and a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) title in 2015 in her first year with the program. That conference title led the Mustangs to their first ever appearance in the NCAA playoffs. Van Alstyne followed that up with a 9-9 showing in 2016 and an appearance in the NEAC semifinals before capping her three years at Morrisville last spring with a 13-6 record, a second NEAC title and another trip to the NCAA playoffs.

She finished her three-year stint at Morrisville with a 33-23 overall record and had a total of 20 student-athletes named to All-Conference teams, including at least one major award winner in each season. She coached the Rookie of the Year and overall Player of the Year in 2015 and coached the Defensive Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Van Alstyne was also named the conference’s Co-Coach of the Year last spring.

In addition to her head coaching responsibilities at Morrisville, Van Alstyne also served as the athletic department’s head strength and conditioning coach for two years, proving instruction and training for 11 men’s and women’s teams. She also spent time in the classroom, teaching Freshman Year Experience courses for two years.