Kyle Simensky enters his eighth year at the helm of the USMMA women's lacrosse program in 2019-20 and is the first women's lacrosse head coach in the history of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
In 2018, Simensky and his Mariners boasted a program-best 14-3 overall record and went a perfect 7-0 in Skyline Conference action, earning the programs first postseason appearance and went on to claim their first-ever Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Simensky was named the Skyline Conference Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2018 and took home the Academy’s Sue Petersen Lubow Trophy as the Coach of the Year of a women’s team for the second time in the past three seasons. Simensky and his staff coached juniors Meredith Willard and Jessica Reilly to the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, to highlight the six First Team All-Conference selections including one attack, two midfield, two defense and a goaltender. Along with the conference selections, the team also had three All-ECAC selections in Willard, Reilly and senior Rebecca Bessler and one Second Team IWLCA All-Region selection in Reilly.
In 2016, Simensky was named the Landmark Conference Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and was also the recipient of the Academy's Sue Petersen Lubow Trophy for being selected as the Coach of the Year of a women's team. The program also had its first two players earn Landmark postseason honors as freshman Meredith Willard was named the Rookie of the Year and to the Second Team All-Conference at attack and classmate Hannah Gizzi earned a spot on the First Team All-Landmark as a goalie.
On March 8, 2014, Simensky coached the Mariners to their first win in program history with a 12-7 home victory over Bryn Athyn College. He guided the Mariners to the program's second win ever, a 15-1 victory over St. Elizabeth on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
He previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Mariners' men's team from 2009-10 and was part of the 2009 squad that captured a Landmark Conference Championship.
Simensky is also a decorated NCAA Division III athlete, competing for the men’s lacrosse team at Cortland State. His team made three consecutive appearances in the national championship game from 2006-08 and won a DIII National Championship in 2006. Simensky was named a SUNYAC All-Conference performer his senior season when he finished the season with 54 points on 40 goals and 14 assists.
Simensky graduated from SUNY Cortland in Spring 2008 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Physical Education and he earned his master’s degree in Health Education from Adelphi University.