Christine Paradis
Christine Paradis
Carol Knerr
Carol Knerr
Brooke Diamond '03

Brooke Diamond '03

Amherst Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff

In her 12th season with a career record of 144-37 (entering 2006), 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 (1997, 1998), six trips to the national quarterfinals (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), five berths in the NCAA Final Four (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), a trio of appearances in the national title game (1999, 2001, 2003), and breaking through with the program's first-ever NCAA Championship (2003). The 2003 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 title game in her second season, followed by return trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2002 and 2004 and the program's first-ever NCAA Championship in 2003. She draws from 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.

Brooke Diamond ’03 enters her second season as an assistant coach after completing a twelve season playing career for Amherst in which she served as a captain for the Jeffs’ soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. Diamond capped her lacrosse career as she co-captained the Jeffs to the 2003 National Championship title and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Additionally, Diamond, a two-time 1st Team All-America selection and two-time NCAA Tournament Team selection, was honored by the IWLCA as the 2002 and 2003 Ensign C. Markland Kelly Division III Goaltender of the Year and the 2003 Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year. A Longmeadow, MA native, Diamond is currently a full-time graduate student working towards a Masters Degree in Exercise and Sport Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

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