Acacia Walker will be entering her fifth season in 2017 as the head coach of the Boston College women's lacrosse team. She took over the position on May 23, 2012.
As either a player or coach, Walker has participated in 13 of the last 14 NCAA Tournaments and was a part of Northwestern's three consecutive NCAA titles from 2006-08 as an assistant coach.
In 2016, Walker became the fastest coach in program history to net their 50th career win, doing so in only 74 games against Virginia Tech on April 16. The Eagles went 10-9 that season and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. She also coached three players to IWLCA ACC All-Academic team, four players to IWLCA first and second All-Northeast Regional honors and two players to All-ACC honors.
In 2015, Walker led a program that cracked the top three in the national rankings before falling to Loyola (Md.) 19-12 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in May. The 2015 season was highlighted by several accomplishments in the 2015 season. The Eagles finished the season 15-4 overall, their highest winning percentage (.789) since Walker began her tenure as head coach, while recording an impressive 8-0 record on the road last season. Additionally, Walker coached three Tewaaraton Award nominees, including the first Tewaaraton finalist in Boston College history with Sarah Mannelly while Kenzie Kent was named to the IWLCA All-Rookie Team. Three Eagles earned IWLCA All-American Status and the team was honored by the IWLCA for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or greater under Walker in 2015. Boston College was 5-2 in ACC play during Walker's third season as head coach.
In 2014 Walker led the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, beating Bryant and Loyola before finally falling to Syracuse. During the 2014 season BC reached a national ranking as high as No. 4. She coached two players to IWLCA All-American honors and four to IWLCA All-Northwest Region honors. She guided the program to a 16-5 overall record and a 3-4 ACC record.
In her first year as a head coach in 2013, she guided the team to program tying record of 12 wins, despite playing the seventh-most difficult schedule in the country. She also led the Eagles to their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and coached BC to school records for ACC wins in a season (3) and consecutive games won within a season (8). The winning streak began with victories over then-No. 9 Virginia and then No. 6-Duke with the win over Duke marking the first time BC had defeated the Blue Devils.
Jennifer Kent is in her ninth year in 2017 as an assistant coach for the Eagles. She focuses her attention on the defensive end but also plays a crucial role in individual development.
In 2016, she helped coach the team to their fourth NCAA appearance in a row.
In both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Kent was a member of the coaching staff that advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. In that time, she helped Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick twice receive IWLCA All-American honors while guiding Sarah Mannelly to an All-American nod in 2015 as well as the first ever Tewaarton Award finalist in program history.
In 2013, Kent assisted the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, beating Bryant and Loyola before finally falling to Syracuse. During the 2014 season BC reached a national ranking as high as No. 4. She helped coached two players to IWLCA All-American honors and four to IWLCA All-Northwest Region honors. Kent and the women's lacrosse coaching staff the program to a 15-6 overall record and a 3-4 ACC record.
In 2013, the Eagles had a milestone year, earning their second NCAA berth in program history, and the defensive end was a large part of that success.
A native of Norwell, Mass., and a graduate of Thayer Academy - where she was inducted into the Thayer Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 - Kent was a four-year letterwinner at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She played soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the Mules. In lacrosse, she was a two-year captain, MVP, and leading scorer. Kent earned Brine/IWLCA 2nd Team All-American honors in her senior season in 1990.
All World Team 2017
Team USA Gold Medalist 2017
Syracuse University 2013-2016
Team Captain 2015-2016
First Team All American: 4 years
NCAA All Tournament Team: 4 years
All ACC First Team 2014-2016
ACC Attacker of the Year 2014-2016
Honda National Player of the Year Finalist 2014-2016
Tewaarton Finalist 2014-2016