Randall (Goldsborough) Swope, a former standout player at the University of Maryland and with the U.S. National Team, is entering the sixth year of her second stint as Bucknell’s head women’s lacrosse coach. Swope previously coached the Bison in 2003 and 2004, leading the team to .500 or better records and berths in the Patriot League Tournament both years, and she returned to the Bucknell sideline prior to the 2012 campaign.
In 2016, Swope led Bucknell to one of the biggest turnaround seasons in the country. The team finished 10-8, a 7.5-game improvement from the previous season. The 10 wins were tied for second-most in program history, and the Bison set a new team record with 221 goals while leading the nation in assists per game (8.1).
In her first two seasons at Bucknell, Swope coached back-to-back Patriot League Offensive Players of the Year in Suzanne Raffaele and Meredith Wright, as well as a PL Defensive Player of the Year in goalie Nicole Kallis. The Bison finished 8-8 in 2003 and 8-7 in 2004, and in 2003 they defeated Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals to reach the championship game for the first time in program history.
Swope’s 2004 team placed a national-best 10 student-athletes on the IWLCA All-Academic Team, and that squad’s 3.43 combined grade-point average was the second-best mark in the nation.
Following the 2004 campaign, Swope departed Bucknell to continue her international playing career while also serving as girls’ athletic director and varsity lacrosse and soccer coach at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md. In 2007 she headed west to become assistant women’s lacrosse coach and recruiting coordinator at Stanford, where she helped lead the Cardinal to the MPSF championship.
Before returning to Bucknell, Swope had been serving as a physical education and health teacher as well as head girls’ lacrosse and soccer coach and assistant basketball coach at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
A 1997 Maryland graduate with a degree in kinesiological sciences, Swope was part of three NCAA championship teams in College Park. A student-athlete on the Terrapins lacrosse squad from 1993-96, the four-year starter was a member of Maryland’s back-to-back national championship teams in 1995 and 1996. In addition, she served as an assistant coach for her alma mater when the Terps won their third consecutive national title in 1997.
She went on to serve as an assistant coach at North Carolina in 1998, where she helped the Tar Heels reach the NCAA Final Four. After a one-year stint as lacrosse and soccer coach at her alma mater St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, Md., in the fall of 1999 she earned her first collegiate head coaching position at Division III Franklin & Marshall. While in that role, she led the team to a top-15 national ranking in each season, while also consistently coaching players to regional and national All-America status. She accumulated a 26-22 record with the Diplomats and led her team to two straight Centennial Conference semifinal appearances.
An active participant in national coaching camps and clinics since 1993, Swope has also been heavily involved in lacrosse on the international level. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2006 and was part of gold medal-winning U.S. World Cup squad in 2001. Swope, who also played on the soccer team at Maryland, has been a consultant to the Wales national women’s lacrosse team, and in 2010 she coached a team with the Rebels Lacrosse Club.
In the summer of 2013, Swope served as an assistant coach with the Haudenosaunee Nation team at the Women’s World Cup in Oshawa, Canada. She helped the squad to a seventh-place finish out of 19 teams.
Formerly Randall Goldsborough, she was married to Lindi Swope in August 2015.