Kirstyn Atkinson won three national titles at Northwestern.
Atkinson focuses on the Mids Defensive end. In 2013 she helped mentor a defensive unit that ranked third overall in the NCAA in scoring defense (7.43), which was their highest in program history.
Another aspect of Atkinson's duties in 2013 was overseeing and mentoring Navy goalie Annie Foky. Foky had a breakout season with a .476 save percentage in conference play, which garnered her Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
A dominant defense throughout 2013, Navy had one of it's most successful seasons in program history, finishing 19-2 and 6-0 in Patriot League play, as well as winning its fourth straight Patriot League title. The Mid's received the 8th seed in the NCAA tournament, beating Monmouth in the first round.
Atkinson graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 as a two-sport athlete, playing both soccer and lacrosse. During her playing career as a member of the lacrosse team, the Wildcats went to the NCAA National Championship game four times. She contributed to a defense that helped lead the team to a 23-0 record and became the 2009 National Champions. By the end of her four years, Atkinson was a member of three National Championship teams. The Wildcats held a record of 85-5 (.944) during her four years as a member of the program.
Prior to her time at Navy, Atkinson served as a graduate assistant coach at Drexel during the 2012 season following her playing career at Northwestern. While at Drexel, Atkinson helped the team to an 11-6 record and a berth in the CAA postseason tournament.
Atkinson also has a background as a head coach in the Skywalkers Lacrosse club for four years. She has also worked an extensive amount of camps for several top programs, such as Northwestern.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Atkinson played for McDonogh School, one of the nations top high school programs. She graduated from Northwestern in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Education and Social Policy.