Captains Elite Lacrosse, Owner
Christopher Newport University, Head Coach
University of Maryland ‘06
Lisa Valentine enters her fifth 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 a 41-32 record over the last four seasons. 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).
Christopher Newport University, Assistant Coach
Rebecca Hartrum begins her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Christopher Newport women’s lacrosse program after returning to the Captains following a one-year stint as the head coach with Fox Chapel High School in 2019.
Prior to her time in the Keystone State, Hartrum played an integral role with the Captains. After joining the program as an assistant coach in August of 2015, she helped Christopher Newport reach new heights during its transition to the vaunted Capital Athletic Conference. During her first stint in Newport News, she helped the squad compile a 32-22 record, including back-to-back 11-win campaigns in 2016 and 2017.
In her first season as an assistant coach, Hartrum helped Christopher Newport climb as high as 15th in the IWLCA National Coaches Poll while leading the nation in free-position percentage. The Captains also ranked first in the CAC in scoring offense during both the 2016 and 2018 campaigns.