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Christine Paradis
Paradis led the Jeffs to their first-ever NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship last season.

Paradis to Gain Induction in New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame

January 20, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College head women’s lacrosse coach Christine Paradis will be inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame, as selected by the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of US Lacrosse, this Saturday at the Museum of National Heritage in Lexington, MA. Cocktail hour will commence at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00, dessert at 7:30 and an awards presentation at 8:00.

“Christine is a distinguished coach who inspires great respect from her student-athletes and peer coaches,” says Amherst athletic director Peter Gooding. “Amherst College is fortunate to have a coach of her versatile strengths - a coach interested in the welfare of her athletes way beyond the athletic field.”

The New England Hall of Fame serves the Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont Chapters. In addition to Paradis, this year’s class includes player and official Bill Coleman of Jaffrey, NH, coaches Missy Foote and Erin Quinn of Middlebury, VT, player and coach Ned Herter of the Middlesex School in Concord, MA, player and coach Pam Jezukawicz of Framingham, MA, player and coach Janet Sullivan of Weston, MA, officials John Hill of Braintree, MA and Jim Tighe of Duxbury, MA, and Jay Williams of Scituate, MA for lacrosse development service.

Entering her tenth year at Amherst, Paradis led the Jeffs to their first-ever NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship last season after guiding the team to the national title game in both 1999 and 2001 and the national semifinals in 2002. She 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 gained valuable experience as an assistant coach at Springfield College and Yale University prior to taking the helm at Amherst, and coached the Lord Jeff field hockey team to eight consecutive postseason appearances, including a trio of NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the NCAA Championship final in 1999.

Paradis is a two-time New England Region Field Hockey Coach of the Year and was recently inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame. She earned a bevy of national and regional women’s lacrosse coaching awards in 2003, including Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III Coach of the Year, IWLCA National Coach of the Year, WomensLacrosse.com Division III Coach of the Year and IWLCA New England Coach of the Year.