CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson women’s lacrosse and Head Coach Allison Kwolek have announced the addition of Bill Olin to the staff as an assistant coach. Olin joins the Tigers following six years as an associate head coach at Cornell.
“We’re excited to welcome Bill to Clemson,” said Kwolek. “His passion for the sport of women’s lacrosse is impossible to ignore. Bill has had success as both a player and coach, including helping Cornell to an Ivy League title. He’s a tireless recruiter, and we’re looking forward to him getting started as we prepare to welcome our first team to campus.”
During his time at Cornell, Olin and Big Red won an Ivy league Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. His team qualified for the Ivy League Tournament in two of his four seasons on the sidelines, and he helped developed six All-Ivy League defensive players, including 2017 conference Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-American Catie Smith.
Olin was a head coach at Capital University from 2014-16. His 2015 squad won the OAC regular season championship in just the second year of the program’s existence. The team finished with a regular season record of 14-3, including 6-0 in conference play, before finishing as league’s tournament runner-up. Capital had eight members named to the all-OAC teams, including Defensive Player of the Year, Tate Stover. Brennan O’Callaghan was the recipient of the OAC Freshman of the Year and OAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year awards. At year’s end, Olin was named the OAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to his tenure at Capital, he was an assistant coach at SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse immediately following his playing career.
As a player, he was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, where he was a three-time ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Week, and three-time All-ECAC Academic team member.
“I want to first thank Jenny Graap and my Cornell Lacrosse family for the past six years and their immense support,” stated Olin. “My family and I are incredibly grateful to Coach Kwolek and the Clemson athletic community for this opportunity. The tradition of Clemson athletics, the ability to work with Allison and Madison [Carter], and to help establish Clemson Lacrosse as a national contender is a dream come true.”
Bill and his wife Katelynn have three children: Findley, Brooks and Welles.
The Clemson women’s lacrosse program is set to play its inaugural season in the spring of 2023. For all the most up-to-date information regarding Clemson women’s lacrosse, visit ClemsonTigers.com and follow @ClemsonWLax on Twitter and Instagram.