Gamble completes a staff that includes Liz Hogan, a U.S. national team goalie and Virginia Tech assistant, who arrived earlier this summer. They replaced Brooke Eubanks, now at Cal, and Lauren Schwarzmann, of Mount St. Mary’s, who each became head coaches at NCAA Division I schools.
Gamble played under Bokker as a freshman midfielder at George Mason and will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator. Gamble spent the past three seasons at UConn, which had unprecedented success during that time, reaching its first NCAA tournament, in 2013.
“I’m very excited to welcome Chelsea Gamble to the Stanford women's lacrosse family,” Bokker said. “Chelsea has proven herself as an assistant coach and has the drive and passion to succeed at the highest level. Having coached Chelsea, I know she brings a competitive fire and will motivate our offensive unit.”
Gamble has another connection with Stanford, annually working at the Stanford lacrosse winter camps.
“Amy was a huge reason on why I wanted to get into coaching,” Gamble said. “Two things always stuck with me from my time playing for her: She understands people and insists on understanding who the players are. She also likes to play a high-pressure game, you never see her teams sit back. They always use their tools to their advantage.
“I’m excited to learn from Amy,” Gamble said. “She came here and put Stanford on the map nationally in lacrosse. There’s a chance to do something really special here.”
The Cardinal is coming off a 14-5 season, reaching its fourth NCAA tournament in five years. Stanford advanced to its 17th consecutive conference tournament final and featured junior midfielder Hannah Farr, an IWLCA second-team All-American and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year.
Farr, a native of Hillsborough, Calif., was among four Stanford players named to the IWLCA All-West Region team, three of whom are returning. In addition, 15 Cardinal earned MPSF All-Academic honors, the most in the 10-team conference.