March 16, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
Cardinal assistant coach Kylee Reade has been named to the coaching staff of the U-19 Canadian National Team, as announced by the Canadian Lacrosse Association earlier this month. The London, Ontario native is a veteran of the Canadian Women's National Team program, having competed in two IFWLA World Cups and the inaugural U-19 World Championships in 1995.
"I am so excited for this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Canadian U-19 coaching staff," said Reade. "I feel like it has been a long time since I truly gave back to the program that has opened so many doors for me."
Reade joins a group of four coaches who will lead the team to the IFWLA U-19 World Championships in August of next year. Jennifer Johnson, a Penn State alum, was named the head coach of the team. Reade, Jennifer Cassidy and Lynz Keys will be the assistants. The foursome are far from strangers, having competed together at the 2001 World Cup in High Wycombe, England and again last summer at the 2005 World Cup in Annapolis, Md. Reade and Johnson were also teammates at the inaugural U-19 World Championships in 1995.
"The other coaches are awesome," said Reade. "They are some of my closest friends from playing together for the last 10 years. I am so excited to be coaching with them and to be bringing some new knowledge and game tactics back to Canada."
Reade's playing career began at the age of seven, playing men's box lacrosse for a team in her hometown of London, Ontario. She began playing field lacrosse with the Ontario Provincial Team in 1994, and contributed to three Canadian Championships as a junior and one as a senior. As a young player at the 1995 World Championships, she was a member of the Canadian team that captured a fourth-place finish.
Reade is a 2002 graduate of Ohio State, where she was a four-year letterwinner in both lacrosse and ice hockey. She co-captained one of the best Buckeye women's lacrosse squads in history, leading the 2002 team to an 11-5 overall record and a second place finish in the American Lacrosse Conference. The midfielder's name is also etched in the Ohio State career record books in numerous defensive categories. Her 28 caused turnovers during her junior season ranks tenth on the Buckeye's single-season chart. She is also tied for sixth in career caused turnovers with 60, and ranks sixth on the career ground balls list with 123.
Reade competed for Canada as a key midfielder in the IFWLA World Cup this summer. Ranked in the top-five in the World Cup for caused turnovers per game, she was nominated for the All-World Team as a midfield defender. The Canadian team finished fourth in the ten team field with wins over Wales, Scotland and Japan. In the match with eventual World Champion Australia, Reade netted a goal for Canada with 19:30 remaining in the second half.
The U-19 team coaching appointments begin immediately and will run through the end of the 2007 IFWLA World Championships. The fourth annual competition is scheduled to take place August 4-12, 2007 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. The Canadian squad has earned the Bronze medal in the last two events.
"I am really excited about the potential of this team," noted Reade. "We have a great group of hard-working, raw athletes that are committed to becoming terrific lacrosse players. Our coaching staff is energized and ready to take this team to the top of the medal podium."