Captains Elite Lacrosse, Owner
Christopher Newport University, Head Coach
University of Maryland ‘06
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).
Christopher Newport University, Assistant Coach
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.