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Amherst Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff


Christine Paradis
Head Coach Christine Paradis

Carol Knerr
Asst. Coach Carol Knerr

Cara Coscarelli '02
Asst. Coach Cara Coscarelli '02

    Entering her ninth season, head coach Christine Paradis has molded the Amherst women’s lacrosse program into one of the most successful in the nation, guiding the team to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1995 to 99, including ECAC Championships in 1997 and 1998, and a pair of trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Game in 1999 and 2001. She followed that success with the college’s third-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2002 and is just two wins shy of 100 for her career, with a 98-28 overall record in eight seasons. Paradis was a standout field hockey and lacrosse player at the College of William & Mary before graduating in 1984, and was later chosen to represent the United States on both the U.S. National and World Cup Lacrosse Teams. She also gained valuable experience as an assistant coach at Springfield College and Yale University prior to taking the helm at Amherst, and has coached the field hockey team to seven consecutive postseason appearances. Paradis was also inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.

Carol Knerr began her tenure as Christine Paradis' top women's lacrosse assistant in style, helping lead the Jeffs to the 2001 NCAA Championship game in her first season and a return trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2002. She draws from the experience gained as a two-sport assistant coach at Ivy League power Dartmouth College, where she helped lead the Big Green to an ECAC Field Hockey Championship - and an Ivy League title and subsequent trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in women's lacrosse - in 1999. The Wyndmoor, PA native was a standout women's lacrosse and field hockey player at the University of Richmond where she was a four-year starter and captained both sports before graduating in 1998 with a degree in leadership studies and a minor in sports science. In the fall, Knerr serves (along with Paradis) as co-head coach of the Amherst field hockey team.

Awarded the College’s prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship after graduating in 2002, Cara Coscarelli has already proven to be a valuable asset to the Amherst athletic department, working as an assistant coach in women’s soccer, squash and lacrosse while overseeing an extensive program of intramural sports. An outstanding defender on the women’s lacrosse team, Coscarelli helped lead the Jeffs to a trio of NCAA Final Four appearances and two trips to the NCAA title game. She earned a wealth of postseason accolades as a senior co-captain, including Second-Team IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse Division III All-America, First-Team Brine/IWLCA Division III New England Regional All-America, First-Team ECAC Division III New England All-Star, First-Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Spring All-Academic and 2002 NCAA All-Tournament honors.

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