Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Athletics
Siegel Ctr - 1200 W. Broad St - P.O. Box 8430 Richmond, VA 232843013
Division 1 Virginia Northeast
Public Very Large National competitor


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Nicole Flores

Nicole Flores enters her third season as the VCU Women's Lacrosse head coach after being appointed to the role in July 2021.

In just her second season in 2023, Flores led VCU to a program-record number of wins. In addition, the Rams had two student-athletes selected to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team.

Flores, who is only the second head coach in the program’s short history dating to 2015, boasts more than a decade of coaching experience. She joins VCU after serving as an assistant coach at Stanford the past two seasons. Flores has also spent time as an assistant coach at Dartmouth, Trinity, Bowdoin, Union and Eastern Connecticut State.

While at Stanford, Flores served as both the program’s recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator. The Cardinal completed an undefeated regular season this past spring en route to winning the PAC-12 Tournament and securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal ranked 28th nationally the past season in scoring defense under her watch, allowing 10.92 goals per game.

Prior to Stanford, Flores helped lead Dartmouth to the 2019 Ivy League Regular Season Championship. While with the Big Green, she managed the development of the team’s goalkeepers and defense in addition to planning official visits and assisting with the team’s recruiting efforts. Dartmouth finished 22-11 in her two seasons. The Big Green hadn’t posted a winning record in the four seasons prior to Flores’ arrival.

Flores spent one year as an assistant at Trinity, where she helped lead the team to the 2017 NCAA Division III Final Four and coached the 2017 IWLCA National Goalkeeper of the Year, Zoe Ferguson. Before coaching at Trinity, Flores served on the coaching staff at Bowdoin for two seasons, where the team reached the 2015 Division III Sweet 16. She also spent three seasons at Union (2011-14) and two seasons at Eastern Connecticut State (2009-11).

Flores played collegiately at Springfield College, where she was named to the All-New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference First Team as a senior and served as a team captain. Flores played as a defender and attacker after suiting up as a goalkeeper her first two seasons. She led the team to the 2006 Division III NCAA Tournament as a goalkeeper.

A native of Branford, Conn., Flores graduated from Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2009.

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Meaghan Graham

Meaghan Graham joined the VCU Lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2021.

Graham was a standout student-athlete at Fairfield University, helping lead the Stags to three MAAC Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Graham was named the MVP of the MAAC Championship in 2019. She also served as team captain. She played in 64 career games, scoring 74 goals and recording 44 assists.

Graham graduated from Fairfield with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in elementary education.

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Maggie Chizmar

Maggie Chizmar was named an assistant coach for VCU Lacrosse in August 2021. Chizmar had previously served as an assistant coach at Babson College since 2019 where she helped lead the Beavers to the 2021 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championship and a second round appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Chizmar was a two-time All-American East selection as a student-athlete at UMBC and boasts coaching experience at Johns Hopkins as well as with elite lacrosse club organizations Northeast Maryland Select and the Coppermine Lacrosse Club.

While at Babson, Chizmar coached senior Georgia Salvatore who was named an IWLCA Third Team All-American while four student-athletes overall earned All-NEWMAC First-Team Honors. In 2019, she helped the Beavers earn their second consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and they also recorded their first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in nearly a decade.

Prior to Babson, Chizmar spent more than 10 years with the Northeast Maryland Select (NEMS) Lacrosse Club. She served as a head coach with the club beginning in 2005 and has had more than 38 of her athletes going on to play at the collegiate level.

She also spent time working for the Coppermine Lacrosse Club from 2013-15 and spent three seasons as a varsity girls assistant coach at the John Carroll School. Chizmar also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University during the 2009 season.

Chizmar was a four-year standout at UMBC from 2004-08 and helped the program capture a share of its only America East Conference regular season title in 2006. She earned all-conference honors in both 2007 when she earned All-America East First Team honors and 2008 when she was an All-American East Second Team selection.

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