Entering her 25th season at the helm of the Amherst College women's lacrosse program in 2019, head coach Christine Paradis is fresh off a season that saw the Mammoths post a 17-3 overall record (9-1 NESCAC) and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
With a career coaching record of 294-109 (.730), Paradis has molded the Amherst women's lacrosse program into one of the most successful in the nation, and led Amherst to a program-record 19 wins in 2014 en route to earning IWLCA Berkshire Region Coach of the Year honors and returning Amherst to the NCAA Division III Championship semifinals for the first time since the 2004 season and making its sixth semifinal appearance overall. It was Amherst’s 11th NCAA playoff appearance as the team improved to 22-10 all-time in national postseason play.
In 2018, Paradis continued to add to her legendary coaching career by being selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Years by her peers for the second time (2014). Guiding the program to one of the best starts in program history, Paradis spearheaded a bounce-back season for the Mammoths, with the team concluding the regular season with a 9-1 overall record while ranking inside the top-three in the NESCAC in both goals per game (13.56) and goals against average (6.81).
Paradis has guided the team to back-to-back ECAC Championships (1997, 1998); 10 trips to the national quarterfinals (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2018); six berths in the NCAA Final Four (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003,2004, 2014); a trio of appearances in the national title game (1999, 2001, 2003), and the program's first-ever NCAA Championship title in 2003.
The 2003 Warrior/Inside Lacrosse, IWLCA and Womens Lacrosse.com Division III Coach of the Year, Paradis was a standout field hockey and lacrosse player at the College of William & Mary before graduating in 1984, and was later chosen to represent the United States on both the National and World Cup Lacrosse Teams. She gained valuable coaching experience as an assistant at Springfield College and Yale University, and coached the Amherst field hockey team to eight consecutive postseason appearances, including a trio of NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the NCAA Championship final in 1999.
Paradis was inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame and gained induction in the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January of 2004.
In addition to her passion for lacrosse, Paradis is also a certified Yoga Instructor and serves as the Wellness Director for the Athletic Department, bringing holistic practices and programming to our campus. Recently, Paradis published an article entitled “Coaching as a Spiritual Practice”, which illustrates her commitment to create a culture of competing and coaching with heart and mindful awareness.