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Madison Carter

Position: Assistant Coach

Former Penn State All-American Madison Carter, who led the Nittany Lions to two Final Fours as a player, became a member of the inaugural Clemson women’s lacrosse coaching staff in August of 2020.

A four-year starter at Penn State, Carter was one of the best players in the country during her standout career, leading the Nittany Lions to their first Final Four appearance in 17 years (1999). And then leading Penn State back to the Final Four as a sophomore, when she led the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the nation in goals (70). The 70 goals are the most goals scored in a season by a Penn State sophomore.

The two-time IWLCA All-American finished her career fifth on Penn State’s all-time goals list (197), and is seventh in points (218), despite only playing six games during her senior year due to injury. She started every game of her collegiate career before her injury.

“I am excited to have Madison join me at Clemson,” Clemson head coach Allison Kwolek said. “I have known Madison since her recruiting process in high school and the thing that has always stood out about her is how great a person she is. Her playing experience at the Power 5 level and her leading Penn State to two Final Fours makes her right at home here at Clemson.

“Madison’s elite level talent on attack and her experience on the draw will be a great asset to our players,” Kwolek said.  “Her energy and passion for the game of lacrosse will serve Clemson well as we look to build our program.”

A native of Davidsonville, Md. native, Carter had just been hired on staff at the University of Richmond in July, before following Kwolek to Clemson one month later.

Carter began her coaching career at Mercer, helping the Bears to the 2021 Southern Conference Championship and the NCAA Tournament appearance. At Mercer, she worked with the defensive unit and draw specialists, along with assisting with recruiting and scouting of opponents.

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016, Carter earned All-Big Ten honors all three of her full seasons with Penn State. She was named to the Tewaarton Watch List four times and to the Tewaarton Top 25 in 2017.

Carter was a four-year letterwinner at South River High School, just outside Annapolis, Md., where she was an Under Armour All-America nominee as a senior and was named to the U.S. Lacrosse All-America Team. She graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a bachelor of science in rehabilitation and human services. She is currently working on her master of education in curriculum and instruction.