University of Mary Washingon

University of Mary Washingon Athletics
1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Maddie Taghon

Maddie Taghon has been promoted to the position of head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Mary Washington, as announced by Director of Athletics Patrick Catullo. Taghon will assume her new role effective immediately.


"Maddie has been a perfect fit for our women's lacrosse program and is a rising star in the coaching profession", noted Catullo. "She is a proven teacher of the game and has demonstrated her commitment to providing a great student-athlete experience. We look forward to her placing her own stamp on the program and continuing the team's hard-won tradition of excellence."


"I am thankful and honored to be named head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Mary Washington, and I would like to thank Dr. Juliette Landphair and Athletic Director Patrick Catullo for this amazing opportunity", said Taghon. "I am so excited to inherit a program that has such a long-standing tradition of success, and above all I am very grateful to continue working with this incredible group of young women. I look forward to continuing to lead this program to success both on and off the field. Go Eagles!"


Taghon served for two seasons as assistant coach at UMW in 2019 and 2020. In her first season with the Eagles, she helped lead them to a 16-5 overall record and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and this spring, the team posted a 5-2 record and was ranked 14th in the nation in the final IWLCA national Division III poll.


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 semifinal 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.

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Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Moore has been promoted to the administrative role of Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Assistant Department Chair at the University of Mary Washington, as announced by Director of Athletics Patrick Catullo. Moore will relinquish her role as women's lacrosse coach as she transitions to a full-time administrative role.


"I look forward to having Caitlin transition into this new role", said Catullo. "Caitlin is a nationally recognized and successful coach, a dynamic leader with integrity and vision and her experience within the department as a faculty member and administrator will serve her well in this new role."


"I'd like to thank Director of Athletics, Patrick Catullo, for this exciting opportunity and look forward to working in this new role on behalf of our great student-athletes, coaches and staff", noted Moore.


Recently, Moore has served in an administrative role as a direct report to the Director of Athletics, as she has been responsible for the community engagement and academic success efforts for the department, as well as other duties as assigned.


Committed to women's lacrosse, Moore has also served on numerous NCAA Regional and All-American selection committees.


One of the greatest players in University of Mary Washington women's lacrosse history, returned to her alma mater in 2014 as the head women's lacrosse coach, with seven years of great results. She brought the Eagles back to national prominence, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-19. She was named as the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association's College Division Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2018. Moore led the Eagles to their highest ranking in school history at #2 in 2019.


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 and her former head coach, Dana Hall. 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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