Kerry Stoothoff

Stoothoff joins Notre Dame from the reigning national champions James Madison.

During the 2018 campaign, the Dukes goalkeepers were a major part of their national championship run. James Madison lost just one game all season (22-1) and finished in the top-10 in scoring defense (9.26) for the second straight year. Stoothoff guided goalkeeper Molly Dougherty through a stellar freshman campaign. Dougherty amassed a 14-0 record, ranked ninth in the nation in goals against average (9.36) and was named Rookie of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) and first team All-Colonial Athletic Association. Dougherty held Boston College scoreless for over 15 minutes in the second half of the national title game en route to JMU’s first national championship.

Another key piece in the championship run that Stoothoff oversaw was senior captain Haley Warden. She set the JMU and CAA single season record for draw controls in a season with 108 and none were more important that the final one. She won the final draw of the championship game with 22 seconds left to clinch possession and run out the clock.

In her first year with the program, JMU saw a big defensive turnaround as the goalies aided in the team ranking 10th nationally in scoring defense (8.95). The Dukes held opponents to seven goals or fewer in 10 games and five or fewer in five outings. In the first round of the 2017 NCAA Championship, JMU limited Louisville to six goals to earn the program’s first NCAA victory since 2010.

She coached Emily Poelma to a stellar season between the pipes, as she was named VaSID second team All-State. Poelma ranked 15th nationally with a 9.38 goals against average and just outside the top 30 in save percentage (.462).

Stoothoff came to JMU after spending the past three seasons at NCAA Division II power Adelphi where she coached the goalies and defense. During her time with the Panthers, she helped the program to two national championships in 2014 and 2015 and a berth in the NCAA title game in 2016.

Adelphi went 64-2 in her three years on the coaching staff, including a 37-1 mark during Northeast-10 play. The Panthers’ defense was regarded as one of the nation’s best, recording three shutouts and limiting opponents to less than five goals in 35 of 66 games, including 13 during the 2016 campaign.