Jess Wilk was named an assistant athletics director to assist in student development and sports performance in July of 2019. In 2023 she was promoted to associate athletic director and became the sports supervisor for women’s soccer. She also acts as the sport administrator for volleyball. She previously served in an administrative role within the athletics administration. She previously worked at UVA as both a head field hockey coach and an assistant lacrosse coach.
Wilk, a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, has been a part of the national teams program for 26 years. She has appeared in the World Cup as a player four times, while also serving on gold medal-winning staffs in 2009, 2013 and 2017. She was also an assistant coach for the Under 19 United States team that won the World Cup Championships (2006-07).
Wilk served as an assistant lacrosse coach at James Madison (2006-08), Virginia (1996) and Maryland (1991-93). She was the head field hockey coach at Virginia (1999-2005) and led the Cavaliers to the 2001 NCAA Elite Eight. Prior to her time as UVa’s head coach, she was an assistant field hockey coach from 1993-99 and also spent time at Maryland as an assistant field hockey coach (1991-93).
An accomplished lacrosse and field hockey player at both the collegiate and international level, Wilk was a member of the United States’ World Cup lacrosse team in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005, winning three out of four World Cups (1993, 1997 and 2001) and serving as team captain in 1997, 2001 and 2005.
She played collegiate lacrosse and field hockey at the University of Maryland, where the Terrapins won the 1986 women’s lacrosse NCAA Championship and the 1987 field hockey NCAA Championship.
Wilk was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2017, she was honored during the 2017 World Cup with the FIL Spirit of Lacrosse award.