St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics & Recreation Scott Devine announced Wednesday the resignation of head women's lacrosse coach Lisa Valentine following five successful seasons at St. Mary's.
Valentine has accepted a similar position at fellow Capital Athletic Conference member institution, Christopher Newport University, and will begin her new duties on the Newport News, Virginia campus on June 17th.
"I speak for our entire staff and our women's lacrosse student-athletes when I say we will all truly miss Lisa. She has done an outstanding job leading our women's lacrosse program during her time at St. Mary's. Lisa brought a high degree of professionalism to all that she did here," said Devine. "She leaves the program in great shape, which is a testament to the hard work Lisa put into recruiting, coaching, and developing our players."
Valentine spent five seasons at the helm of the Seahawk women's lacrosse program after becoming the program's 12th head coach prior to the 2011 season. She also served as the St. Mary's field hockey assistant coach for two seasons (2013-14).
The Stevensville, Maryland native guided the Seahawks to a five-year record of 49-39 (22-15 CAC), including a pair of trips to the semifinals of the CAC Tournament in 2013 and 2015. The program experienced its first victory over a Top 20 team since 2010 when St. Mary's posted a 10-9 win over No. 17 Washington College this season on February 28th.
While bookending her Seahawk career with two 10-win seasons, Valentine coached eight players to 11 IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region selections as well as 15 Seahawks to 21 All-Capital Athletic Conference awards, including the 2013 CAC Rookie of the Year in Shelby Newman '16.
Valentine expressed, "I am forever indebted to St. Mary's College and the athletic department for their support and loyalty over the past five years. The administration and student-athletes made my time at St. Mary's something I will always cherish. I wish the women's lacrosse program, the athletic department, and the college all the best in the future."
Along with its on-field success, St. Mary's has demonstrated its academic prowess as well under Valentine's guidance. The Seahawks have three times been named an IWLCA Division III Academic Squad (2012-14).
Devine added, "On behalf of the College and the athletic department, I thank Coach Valentine for her excellent service and wish her the best of luck as she takes on her new position."
A national search for Valentine's replacement will begin immediately.
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