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Amherst Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff


Christine Paradis
Christine Paradis

Carol Knerr
Carol Knerr

Jen Seferiadis
Jen Seferiadis

    Entering her 10th season with a career record of 116-30 (entering 2004), 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 back-to-back ECAC Championships in 1997 and 1998, a trio of trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Game in 1999, 2001 and 2002, and breaking through with the program's first-ever National Championship in 2003. The reigning Warrior/Inside Lacrosse, IWLCA and WomensLacrosse.com Division III Coach of the Year, 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 gained valuable coaching experience as an assistant at Springfield College and Yale University, and coached the Amherst 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 was recently inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame, and gained induction in the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January, 2004.

Christine Paradis' Career Coaching Record

Carol Knerr began her tenure as Christine Paradis' top women's lacrosse assistant in style, helping coach the Jeffs to the 2001 NCAA Championship game in her first season, followed by a return trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2002 and the programs first-ever NCAA Championship in 2003. 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 as head coach of the Amherst field hockey team, sharing the position with Paradis in 2001 and 2002 before assuming sole control in 2003.

Jen Seferiadis enters her first season at Amherst after a one-year stint as a womenís soccer assistant at her alma mater, the University of Rochester, where she majored in psychology and political science and minored in Spanish before graduating in 2002. As an undergrad, Seferiadis collected nine varsity letters in three different sports and was highly decorated on the womenís soccer field, earning All-UAA, UAA MVP, Regional All-America, NSCAA All-America, UAA All-Academic and Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. She also captained the Yellowjackets to the 2001 UAA Championship and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. Seferiadis was a two-year captain on the womenís lacrosse team as well, earning All-UCAA, UCAA All-Academic and IWLCA National Academic honors. She capped her playing career with the Meryle Spurrier Award, which recognizes Rochesterís top female athlete based on leadership, academic and athletics. Seferiadis is working toward a masterís degree in sport management at nearby UMass Amherst and serves as a women's soccer assistant in the fall.

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