Theresa Walton joined the VCU women’s lacrosse team during the summer of 2017. Walton focuses on the Ram’s defensive unit, goalkeepers and serves as recruiting coordinator.
In 2018, the lacrosse team finished the year 7-11 overall with a 5-4 Atlantic 10 conference record. The team earned it’s first Atlantic 10 Championship bert by defeating seven-time defending conference champion UMass in the regular season, halting their NCAA record 61-game conference winning streak.
Walton led a defensive unit that helped propel the team to it’s first winning record in conference and included the program's first wins over Davidson and UMass. The defense held opponents to single-digit goals four times in 2018, which also featured two overtime wins. The defense also set a season best record of 192 caused turnovers with eight Rams causing at least 10 turnovers.
Walton joined VCU after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Mount Olive. In her first two years at Mount Olive, the Trojans had an overall record of 27-9. In 2015, Walton helped guide Mount Olive to the Conference Carolinas Women's Lacrosse Championship as the team was ranked No. 9 in the year-end Nike/LaxMagazine Division II Women's Lacrosse Top 20 Poll, the highest ranking in program history.
Prior to arriving at Mount Olive, Walton served as an assistant coach at Alma College (Mich.), where she helped the team to a 16-3 mark. Alma posted a record of 7-8 the year prior to Walton's arrival.
Walton earned her bachelor's degree in communications at Canisius College (N.Y.) and helped lead the Griffins to back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's lacrosse titles, including the first title in school history. Walton earned MAAC All-Tournament honors during Canisius' first title run. She tallied 42 goals and eight assists for 50 points during her career.
"We are excited to welcome Theresa to our Ram Family. She brings a great deal of coaching and recruiting experience to our staff, having most recently served as recruiting coordinator at Mount Olive. Theresa has a great passion for coaching and lacrosse which will greatly benefit our team and the entire athletic department. She truly embodies our program's core values and will no doubt serve as a wonderful mentor for our student-athletes," said O'Brien.