Kayla Treanor says “I am ready” to have SU compete for a national championship

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV & SU ATHLETICS) — The K-train is pulling up to Syracuse. 

Four-time All-American Kayla Treanor, who led the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team to unprecedented success on the field, will guide the program from the sidelines. Treanor is the third head coach in program history.  

“I am so proud to return to Syracuse University,” Treanor said. “This place has always been home to me. I want our kids representing Syracuse as great students, athletes and most importantly great people. My goal is to compete for championships year in and year out. Go Orange!” 

At just 27 years old, Treanor’s rise through the coaching ranks has been meteoric. But with rise success has followed. During her introductory press conference, Treanor was asked if she’s ready at what some perceive to be an inexperienced age. The former four-time All-American cited her unique resume.

“I am ready. This is an opportunity, like I said, that I’ve wanted for a long time. It’s not something that (I’ve) just stumble upon. I’ve been working for this my whole life. And I think, the reason that I have been very confident is my experience is really unique. Of the last eight Final Fours, I have been to seven of them. And I have been able to coach and play at a high level. That gives me a lot of confidence.”

Kayla Treanor, New Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach

That same confidence is matched by her Athletic Director John Wildhack. When he was posed with the same question, Wildhack spouted off with a slew of hall-of-fame coaches who also started at what might be considered a young age.

“So, I think your question is answered,” Wildhack said with smirk. “Not a concern at all.”

This comes on the heels of the previous head coach, Gary Gait, leaving to take the Syracuse men’s head coaching position. During Gait’s men’s lacrosse press conference, Wildhack told the media that Gary was the best candidate, not the best alum to take the job, and he said the same approach would be taken in the women’s search. 

“We’re excited to bring one of the brightest coaches in the sport home to lead our women’s lacrosse program,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said. “Kayla has experienced success at a championship level both as a coach and a student-athlete. She mentored two of the last three Tewaaraton Award winners and as an assistant, has coached in three consecutive appearances in the national championship game, including winning the 2021 national title. Kayla is one of the most decorated players in women’s lacrosse history. She is the right person to guide our program as we take the next step to win a national championship.” 

After starring for the Orange from 2013-16, Treanor started her coaching career at Harvard, where she served as an assistant for former Orange head coach Lisa Miller for one year. She joined the coaching staff at Boston College in 2017. In her four seasons with the Eagles, Boston College advanced to the championship game three times (2020 season cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic) and claimed the national championship in 2021. Under her tutelage, two Eagles, Sam Apuzzo and Charlotte North, earned the Tewaaraton Award as Boston College ranked among the top offenses in the nation. 

Treanor led the Orange to four consecutive appearances at Championship Weekend from 2013-16 and a spot in the 2014 national championship game. She is the only player in program history to earn IWLCA first-team All-America honors in each of her four seasons. Treanor was a three-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award and Honda Award and earned the IWLCA Attacker of the Year Award in three consecutive seasons (2014-16). In addition, she was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and earned a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team in each of her four seasons. 

In addition to her success at Syracuse, Treanor has excelled on the international stage for Team USA. She helped the U.S. take home gold at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup. Treanor amassed 43 points on 24 goals and 19 assists – all team highs – in the tournament, which included a record-setting 12-point performance against England in pool play. She will take part in a training camp with Team USA June 29-July 1 in preparation for next summer’s World Championship. 

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