University of Mary Washingon

University of Mary Washingon Athletics
1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Public Small National competitor


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Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Moore, one of the greatest players in University of Mary Washington women’s lacrosse history, returned to her alma mater as the head women’s lacrosse coach, with great results.

Moore has brought the Eagles back to national prominence, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons. She was named as the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association's College Division Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2018.

Moore’s star was on the rise after turning around the program at Randolph-Macon. After being hired prior to the 2011 season, Moore’s first squad finished with a 7-10 record, and followed with an 8-10 mark in 2012. The 2013 season saw the Yellow Jackets improve to 12-6, winning their first eight games. For her efforts, Moore was named as a finalist for the IWLCA Region Coach of the Year.

Moore arrived in Ashland after a two-year stint as an assistant coach with her alma mater. Moore helped lead the Eagles to 28 wins over her two years on the sidelines in Fredericksburg. The 2010 squad advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked 12th in the nation. In 2009, UMW posted 14 wins, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was ranked 18th in the nation at the close of the season.

Moore joined Hall's staff in 2008 after completing one of the most brilliant careers in school history. She graduated as the Mary Washington career leader in points (303), while being the single season record holder in points with 143, and assists with 81. Moore also held single game records for assists (10) and points (14).

A two-time All-CAC choice and All-Region selection, Moore was a consensus All-American in 2008, after she led the nation in assists per game and points per game as a senior, breaking the NCAA Division III record for points per game with 7.94. Moore helped UMW to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to her lacrosse duties, Moore also served as an assistant coach for the field hockey program in 2008-09. The Eagles won 34 games in her two plus seasons.

Originally from Cypress, Texas, Moore graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in business administration in 2008 and her MBA in 2012. She and her husband Ray, a former baseball standout at UMW and current varsity baseball coach at Douglas Freeman High School, reside in Glen Allen, Va. They have one daughter, Mary Grace, and one son, Matthew.

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Maddie Taghon

Head Coach Caitlin Moore announced the addition of Maddie Taghon as the program’s assistant coach in August of 2018.

Prior to UMW, Taghon worked for three years at Shenandoah University, helping lead the team from a 5-12 record in 2016 to 12-7 in 2018. She also coached the team to two semi-final ODAC tournament appearances and mentored the 2018 ODAC ROY and VA State ROY.

Taghon, a four year member and three year starter at Presbyterian (S.C.) College and team captain of the Blue Hose during her senior campaign, also worked for a year at Ampleforth College in England. In this role, she coordinated games, practices and travel itineraries for varsity, junior varsity, U15, U14 and elementary school teams at Ampleforth.

In addition, she taught lacrosse-based physical education lessons in both the elementary school as well as served as a teaching assistant in both the primary and senior schools.

Moore on Taghon, “Maddie’s passion, energy and commitment to the student-athlete experience is a perfect fit for our program. She is a truly dedicated teacher of the game and will fit seamlessly with our culture.”

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