Julika Blankenship is currently in her 2nd season at Winthrop.
Blankenship came to the Eagles after spending 3 seasons at Queens University of Charlotte, a Division II institute that competes in the Big South. After taking over a 10-10 program in 2013, in her first season the Royals ended 14-4 and found themselves nationally ranked in the top 10 for the first time in program history. During her 3 seasons with the Royals, she compiled an overall record of 44-12 while producing numerous all conference and all region selections in those 3 seasons. Blankenship was also a two time Coach of the Year selection at Queens (2014, 2016) as well as 3-time regular season Conference Champions and three time overall Conference Champions. She also led the program to the first NCAA appearance in program history in 2016 which also included the first ever win in an NCAA tournament. That same season, the Royals also tabbed the most wins in a season in program history. Prior to her time at Queens, Blankenship spent 5 years as the head coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. In the 2013 season, The Shorewoman reached the Centennial Conference Tournament that year picking up their first ever tournament victory, and Blankenship earned Coach of the Year honors.
Washington's 2013 season marked the third consecutive season that the Shorewoman would make an appearance in the conference tournament after posting an impressive 13-5 season record where they were ranked as high as 18th in the nation. Prior to taking them to the conference tournament in 2011, the shorewomen had not been to tournament play since 2004. Blankenship compiled a record of49-32 in her 5 years producing numerous all conference and all region selections. In 2005-2008, she was the first assistant at Washington College while completing her master’s degree in Psychology. Blankenship spent one year at UC Davis as the first assistant in 2005 immediately following her graduation from Gettysburg College. Prior to entering the coaching profession Blankenship was a standout student-athlete at Gettysburg College, where she finished her career as the all-time leader in both points (309) and assists (160), 2 records that she still holds. As a senior captain, she led the Bullets to their third consecutive Centennial Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals in 2004. She was named a first team All-American by the IWLCA/US Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse, and Womenslacrosse.com and was selected as the Centennial Conference and ECAC Southern Player of the Year. Blankenship, who was also a second team Inside Lacrosse All-American as a junior, put up back-to-back 100-point seasons in her final two years with the Bullets, breaking the single-season school record for assists in each of those seasons.
Coach Blankenship has been running camps and clinics throughout Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and now South Carolina since her start in 2008. Point Blank Lacrosse continues the tradition of providing a valuable camp experience for girl’s lacrosse players looking to expand their skill set.
Kayla Minner joined the Eagle Lacrosse coaching staff in July 2017 after most recently serving as an assistant coach at the Queens University of Charlotte.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kayla joining my staff, said Coach Blankenship. “She will contribute a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the game as well as the energy and enthusiasm that we need to continue in our forward progression. Kayla supports my philosophy and mission regarding the student-athlete experience, and will be an amazing addition to the department in general.”
Minner worked with the royals from 2015-2017 serving as the offensive coordinator. She helped Blankenship lead the program to their first NCAA appearance in program history in 2016 which also included the Royals first ever win in an NCAA tournament. That same season, the Royals also tabbed the most wins in a season in program history.
Prior to her time at Queens, Minner was a graduate assistant at Bloomsburg University where she received her master’s in Student Affairs and Educational Leadership. While being the primary assistant on staff she helped the team turn in a 9-8 overall record in the PSAC as an integral part of the weight training and skill development of the student-athletes. Three students earned All-PSAC honors during her time there, and the team was named IWLCA Division II Academic Honor Squad.
“I am very honored and excited to join the women’s lacrosse staff at Winthrop, said Minner. “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to continue to work alongside Coach Blankenship. It is a great time for the program and I am eager and looking forward to developing the student-athletes both on and off the field.”
Prior to beginning her collegiate coaching career, Minner was a student-athlete on the Mercyhurst University women’s lacrosse team accumulating 136 goals and 75 assists from the 2009-2013 season. Minner’s efforts on and off the field earned her the head captain title in 2012 and 2013 when she was named to the All-PSAC First Team. She was also an IWLCA Senior All-Star and a member of the IWLCA Division II Academic Honor Squad in 2013. Minner earned her degree from Mercyhurst in 2013 after double majoring in early childhood education and special education.
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