In 2019, Allyson Kenyon begins her 17th year at the helm of the Bridgewater College field hockey team.
Bridgewater earned four All-ODAC selections in each of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, with Laura Gretz named to the VaSID All-State Team in 2017.
In 2016, Bridgewater went 11-7 and earned a bye in the first round of the ODAC playoffs. The Eagles had a player named to the national All-Rookie Team and another freshman earn National Rookie of the Week honors during the season. Overall, BC had three All-State and six All-ODAC selections.
2015 was the best season in the history of the Bridgewater field hockey program, as the Eagles won their first-ever ODAC championship and earned their first NCAA tournament win with a 2-1 victory at #17 Catholic. Kenyon was named the VaSID State Coach of the Year for a second straight season after leading Bridgewater past #15 Lynchburg in the ODAC semifinals and host Washington & Lee in the championship game.
Bridgewater won 12+ games in three straight seasons from 2013-15- the three best years at Bridgewater since 1980.
Kenyon was named both the ODAC and VaSID Virginia State Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the Eagles to their first-ever appearance in an ODAC championship game. Bridgewater defeated Shenandoah 2-1 in overtime at the Jopson Athletic Complex to reach the title game, eventually losing 2-0 at Lynchburg. Senior Caroline Augsburger was named a second team All-American, the Virginia State and ODAC Player of the Year, and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for her accomplishments in athletics, academics and service.
Kenyon also serves the department’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She addresses equity issues within the athletics department and assists the Title IX coordinator in responding to reports of sexual misconduct.
She ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulation including Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act, the Clery Act and other legal requirements, and collaborates with campus and community partners to develop best practices for Title IX enforcement.
In 2013, the Eagles finished the season with an 12-7 overall record and earned a 6-2 mark in conference play. The 2013 season was the best for the program since 1980, when the team finished with a 14-4-1 record.
The 2012 season was highlighted by the program's second straight appearance in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. The Eagles reached the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament before falling to eventual champion Lynchburg by a 3-1 tally.
Kenyon, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., attended Central Dauphin East High School where she participated in three varsity sports: Field Hockey, Swimming and Soccer. In 1996, she was named the school's Most Outstanding Female Athlete for her efforts on all three teams.
She continued her athletic and academic career at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. where she participated on both the field hockey and swim teams for all four years. She was a three time member of the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association's All-Academic Team and the Mid-Atlantic Conference All-Academic squads for both sports.
Kenyon earned her Bachelor's Degree in Politics from Juniata in 2000. Kenyon later earned her Master's Degree in Athletic Administration/Coaching from James Madison in 2005.
Emphasizing academic excellence as well as teamwork and competitiveness, Kenyon has had 58 athletes receive NFHCA Division III All-Academic Team honors. She has also coached 14 all-conference first team selections, 17 all-conference second team players, and 38 all-conference third team/honorable mention awardees.
Prior to her time at Bridgewater, Kenyon worked in Washington, D.C. for a non-profit organization. She also helped coach the inaugural season of the T.C. Williams Varsity Girls' Lacrosse team.