Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport Univ Athletics
1 Avenue of the Arts Newport News, VA 23606
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Public Medium National competitor


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Lisa Valentine

Lisa Valentine begins her third year as Christopher Newport’s head coach following an impressive start to her career with the Captains.

Taking the reins in 2016 as just the fourth head coach in program history, Valentine has made an immediate impact while helping CNU register back-to-back 11-win campaigns. Along the way, the Captains have returned to the national spotlight, earning a place in the IWLCA National Coaches’ Poll. The squad climbed as high as 15th in the rankings during the 2016 campaign, marking the program’s top spot in over three years.

During her first season in Newport News, Valentine helped the Captains compile an 11-5 record while finishing atop the NCAA with a .580 free-position percentage. The 2016 squad also ranked first in the CAC with a .541 save percentage and a 13.13 goals-per-game average. In 2017, Christopher Newport registered an 11-8 record while ranking ninth in the NCAA in free-position percentage (.525) and first in the conference in draw controls (259).

In addition to the team’s success, Valentine has helped five Captains earn All-Conference honors over the past two years, while four players have collected All-Region accolades. Headlining the decorated contingent, Meaghan Galvin was celebrated as the CAC Player of the Year in 2016 and became the first Captain to earn All-American accolades from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association after securing second-team nods as a junior and senior.

Equally impressive off the field, Christopher Newport has been recognized as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad during each of the past two seasons. The Captains also earned the IWLCA Community Awareness Award in 2016, which is bestowed upon the program that has made outstanding contributions on the campus and in the community.

Prior to arriving in Newport News, Valentine spent five years as the head coach at St. Mary’s (Md.). During her time with the Seahawks, she compiled an overall record of 49-39, including a 22-15 ledger in league action. Along the way, the team reached the semifinals of the CAC Tournament in 2013 and 2015.

During her final year at St. Mary’s, the Stevensville, Maryland native led the Seahawks to a 13-5 record, including a 6-2 mark in the CAC. She also registered a 12-win campaign during her first year at the helm in 2011.

In her time at St. Mary’s, she coached eight All-Region honorees and 15 All-Conference performers. Just as impressive in the classroom, Valentine’s teams were named IWLCA Division III Academic Squads in 2012-14.

Prior to her time at St. Mary’s, Valentine served on the coaching staff at Washington College of Maryland from 2008-11. She was an assistant coach with the Shorewomen in the summer of 2008 before being promoted to Senior Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator the following summer.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Maryland, she played lacrosse for the Division I powerhouse for four seasons. As a Terrapin, she helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003.

Valentine earned her B.A. in economics from Maryland in May, 2006.

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Katie Vautier

Katie Vautier begins her first year as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Christopher Newport in 2018-19 after piecing together an extensive résumé as both a successful coach and student-athlete at the Division III level.

Vautier, who served as an assistant coach at Transylvania since the summer of 2016, is well respected in the Capital Athletic Conference following an All-American playing career at York (Pa.). Her primary focus will be working with the CNU defensive unit.

Prior to arriving in Newport News, Vautier helped guide Transylvania to new heights over the past two seasons, culminating in the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2018. During the spring, the squad claimed the Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference regular season and tournament championships while compiling a pristine 11-0 mark in league action. Along the way, the Pioneers registered a program-best 18-2 record and earned a spot in the second round of the national playoffs.

The 2018 team eventually established new school standards for wins, goals, ground balls, draw controls, and caused turnovers during the year. Transylvania also ranked second in the NCAA in scoring defense after limiting the opposition to just 5.35 goals per game.

In addition to the 2018 season, Vautier also led the Pioneers to a 14-3 mark in 2017. Once again, her work with the defensive unit paid dividends as Transylvania led the ORLC in goals-against-average.

Along with her efforts at Transylvania, Vautier previously spent time as a coach with the Chesapeake and Maryland United Lacrosse Clubs. She also served as the head junior varsity coach while working as an assistant on the varsity staff at Annapolis High School in 2016.

Before joining the professional ranks, Vautier was a decorated women's lacrosse player at York (Pa.). During her tenure from 2010-13, she was a three-time first-team All-Conference and All-Region selection while earning a spot on the second-team All-American squad as a senior. Starting every game during the course of her career, she graduated as the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers, ground balls, draw controls, starts, and appearances.

A two-time team captain, she helped the Spartans rank among the top-20 nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll during each of her final two seasons.

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Kat Francis

Kat Francis begins her first year as an assistant coach with the Christopher Newport women’s lacrosse team following a decorated career as a standout at Lynchburg.

During her time with the Hornets, Francis was a four-time All-League performer before graduating in 2016. Along the way, she was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2013 and secured a pair of All-State honors, including first-team nods as a senior.

At the time of her graduation from Lynchburg, Francis was the program’s all-time leader with 215 draw controls and also ranked among the top-10 in points, goals, and caused turnovers. In addition to her work on the field, she also has a wealth of experience coaching at the club and high school levels in South Carolina.

Francis earned her Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Lynchburg before attaining a Master’s in health, exercise, and sports science from The Citadel in May.

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