Blackwell comes to Fresno State after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb of the Big South Conference. During her time there, she helped coach the Runnin’ Bulldogs to multiple individual successes such as senior Amanda Steinmuller racking up 61 points on the year through 39 goals and 22 assists along with freshman Talen Francis tying the program’s freshman scoring record with 44 points on the season and earning Big South Women's Lacrosse Freshman of the Week honors on three separate occasions.
The Naples, Fla., native joined the Gardner-Webb coaching staff after spending the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant at Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville.
During her season at Louisville, Blackwell helped the Cardinals forge a 12-6 overall record – including an impressive 8-1 mark at home. The Cardinals advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, falling to Northwestern in the opening round.
Two Cardinals earned All-ACC honors, three earned IWLCA All-Region honors and Kaylin Morissette was named first-team IWLCA All-America after scoring 56 points (37 goals, 19 assists). Morissette, also a Tewaaraton Award nominee, was selected by the Philadelphia Force in the 2016 UWLX (United Women's Lacrosse League) Draft.
Prior to joining the Louisville staff, Blackwell spent her final three collegiate seasons at Stetson. The standout defender started 43 games and was a Co-Captain in 2015. That season, she helped anchor the top defense in program history.
Blackwell spent her freshman season at LIU-Brooklyn, starting all 16 games for the Blackbirds in 2011.
She was a four-year letter winner at Barron Collier (Fla.) High in Naples, helping the Cougars to a pair of state championships and another runner-up finish. Blackwell earned All-County and All-Region honors and was team MVP in 2010.
She graduated from Stetson in 2015 with a degree in Biology.
Mollie Stevens joins the Bulldogs’ coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending last year as a general manager and athlete development coach at The Edge Training Academy.
Prior to her stint with The Edge Training Academy, Stevens was a star midfielder for the Florida Gators lacrosse team, racking up multiple accolades as a four-year starter in The Swamp.
During her senior season, the Centreville, Md., native was named a team captain in 2017, backing it up by being named the 2017 BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, 2017 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Stevens was also named to the 2017 IWLCA All-America First Team (First Team All-Region), a 2017 Tewaaraton Award Top-25 Nominee, the 2017 IWLCA National Offensive Player of the Week once and the Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week once.
On top of the award recognition, Stevens rewrote the Gators’ record books with a few of her own. She set the Florida single-season record for draw controls (84) in just 15 games, set the Florida record for single-game draw controls with 11 at Jacksonville and set the Florida single season record with 48 ground balls. For her career, Stevens is in the top 10 in Gator history of points, points per game, goals and goals per game. Most notably, she has the fifth-most goals in program history at 159.
Overall, Stevens led the Gators her senior year in goals (59), ground balls (48) and draw controls (106). Those 59 goals were the fourth most in a singles season in Gator lacrosse history, and she set career-highs in goals, assists (16), points (75), ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers (23) that season. She also notched a career high for goals in one game that season with seven.
As a junior, Stevens was named to the 2016 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and named the BIG EAST Attacker of the Week twice. She also became the eighth Gator ever to score 100 career goals and was a member of the US National Team Training Roster.
After setting more previous career highs, Stevens also received national honors as a sophomore, being named to the 2015 IWLCA All-South Second Team and the 2015 All-BIG EAST First Team. She set the program scoring-streak record with at least one goal in 25 consecutive games, also recording multiple goals in 14 games, pushing her to third in the BIG EAST in goals scored that season.
Starting off as a freshman, Stevens scored 36 goals, setting a previous single-game high of four goals on multiple occasions against ranked opponents and in the NCAA Tournament. For those efforts, she was announced as the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week once and named to the 2014 ILWomen All-Rookie Team. Stevens also took care of business off the field, being named to the 2014 SEC First-Year Honor Roll.
In high school, Stevens was a four-year varsity starter for Queen Anne’s County lacrosse, guiding Queen Anne’s to Maryland Class 3A/2A East Region championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Some of her high school honors include being named a US Lacrosse First Team All-American in 2013, an All Mid Shore First Team honoree in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and an All Mid Shore Co-Player of the Year in 2012.
She was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 Under Armor All-American Washington DC Team and played for Maryland United 2013 East Club for four years. Outside of lacrosse, Stevens also played field hockey, soccer and swam.
Stevens graduated in the spring of 2017 with a degree in tourism, event and recreation management.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Emily Gibson enters her second season as the volunteer assistant coach for Fresno State.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Gibson was the head coach for the NEMS '13 club lacrosse team, based out of Harford County, Md., for six years. She also was the volunteer assistant for the NCAA Division III Notre Dame University of Maryland women's lacrosse team for the 2013 season.
Starting every game as a freshman midfielder for the Loyola Greyhounds, Gibson was sixth on the team in points, and was second in draw controls. During her 2008 sophomore season, played in all 16 games and was fourth on team in draw controls.
Junior year, Gibson played under current head coach Jen Adams, current assistant coach Dana Dobbie and former assistant coach (current SDSU head coach) Kylee White. She ended the season with Big East Honorable Mention All-Conference honors, fourth on the team in points, second in groundballs, and third in draw controls.
In 2010, Gibson saved her best season for last while finishing second on the team in points, first in groundballs, second in draw controls, and first in caused turnovers. She also received Big East Second Team All-Conference honors and First-Team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection by the IWLCA.
Gibson currently works for Adventist Health in Hanford, Calif., and is going back to school to study physical therapy.
A native of Jarrettsville, Md., Gibson attended North Harford High School with Fresno State assistant coach Nicole Price, where they played basketball and lacrosse together for three years. She then earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2010 from Loyola University Maryland.