Walker Named Head Coach at Boston College
Acacia Walker has been named head coach of the Boston College women's lacrosse team, BC director of athletics Gene DeFilippo announced Wednesday.
Walker joined the BC program as the associate head coach prior to the 2011 season, and served as an assistant for two years under Bowen Holden, whom Walker replaces. Walker served as the Eagles' offensive coordinator and played a key role in recruiting, as well as in many other facets of the daily operations of the BC program under Holden.
"I feel privileged to be selected as the head coach of the Boston College women's lacrosse program,'' Walker said in a statement released by the school. "I am confident we will provide a healthy, energetic, positive experience for our student-athletes. The opportunity Boston College provides its student-athletes is one of the best and I plan to bring in premier student-athletes to add to BC's rich tradition and success. I am committed to building a strong program that will make the BC community proud.''
Prior to working with the Eagles, Walker spent time at UMass as the associate head coach, and at Northwestern as an assistant coach. During her tenure, UMass won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, while Northwestern tallied three straight national championships.
Walker continues to be an active player at the elite level, as she was named to the 2011-12 U.S. women's national team, marking the 10th consecutive year that she has been involved with the team. Some of her playing highlights include winning a gold medal with the 2009 World Cup Team in Prague and helping the 2010-11 national team go undefeated on American soil.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Maryland, Walker, an Annapolis, Md., native, was a four-year member of the Terrapins' lacrosse team and captained the squad her senior season. She was an IWLCA All-American, as well as an All-ACC selection. In 2005, she won the University of Maryland M Club "James H. Kehoe" Award and was a Tewaaraton Candidate in 2004 and 2005.
Last week Boston College said Holden was "no longer with the program," but did not provide any futher information. Holden compiled a 64-60 record over seven seasons. In 2010 and 2011, the Eagles tied program records for wins in a season with 12 and the '11 team was the first Boston College women's team to make the NCAA tournament.
"We appreciate Bowen's efforts to build our program over the course of the past seven seasons, and we wish her the best for the future," DeFilippo said.