Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nicki Moore named Lyndse Hokanson the Colgate women's soccer head coach in December 2019.
Hokanson made quite the mark in her debut season as a head coach in 2020-21. She claimed her first career head coaching win in a 2-1 double-overtime victory at defending champion Navy on Feb. 28, a sign of things to come for the Raiders.
Colgate rattled off back-to-back shutouts to cap the regular season and clinch a postseason berth for the 13th consecutive year. The Raiders kept their season alive by knocking off Boston University on the road 1-0 in double-overtime in the semifinals. Hosting its first Patriot League championship since 2012, Colgate took defending champion Navy to penalty kicks for the title.
Hokanson’s first season saw the Raiders post a 4-3-2 overall record, including a 3-3-1 mark in Patriot League action. Colgate defeated Army, Navy, and Boston University in the same season for the first time in program history, while guiding seven players to All-Patriot League selections, tied for the second-most in a season. Postseason honors included one All-Patriot League First Team selection, four Second Team honorees, and two Third Team members.
Prior to Colgate, Hokanson served five seasons as an assistant at Georgetown. She guided the Hoyas to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, three straight Big East championships, and two trips to the College Cup Semifinals.
During Hokanson's tenure, Georgetown set multiple team records, including most wins (20 in 2016, and then 21 in 2018), most shutouts (17 in 2016 and 2017), and fewest goals allowed (10) in a season. She helped lead the Hoyas to a 79-17-17 overall record and a 31-4-9 conference mark in five seasons.
Primarily working with the goalkeepers, Hokanson guided freshman keeper Anna Leat to All-Big East Second Team and All-Rookie Team honors with 10 shutouts in 2019. Goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman was a United Soccer Coaches All-American in 2018 and broke the NCAA shutout percentage record (.809). Under Hokanson's tutelage, Schechtman earned back-to-back Big East Goalkeeper of the Year honors and was a Mac Hermann Semifinalist with 49 career shutouts.
Georgetown finished the 2018 campaign as the most successful team in program history. The Hoyas posted an impressive 21-1-3 record with their only loss coming to No. 1 North Carolina in the College Cup Semifinals. That NCAA tournament run included shutout wins over Washington State and No. 2 Baylor.
Hokanson has been part of a staff recognized twice as the United Soccer Coaches National Coaching Staff of the Year and Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to her five-year stint at Georgetown, Hokanson spent the 2014 season as a graduate assistant coach at Division II Valdosta State, where she worked in all aspects of team operations. In 2014, Valdosta State finished No. 23 in the country, won its first ever Gulf South Conference championship and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
A three-year starter and team captain from 2012-14 at George Mason, Hokanson graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Hokanson garnered All-Atlantic 10 Second Team and All-Academic honors in 2013. She finished her career among the top 10 all-time in saves, save percentage, goals-against average, and shutouts as a three-time Provost Scholar-Athlete and United Soccer Coaches Scholar-Athlete.
Originally from Crofton, Maryland, Hokanson earned her Master's Degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies in 2017.