Mount Hebron graduate and former Duke standout Kristen Waagbo has been named the first women's lacrosse coach at Army.
Waagbo will guide the Knights into their first season as a varsity program in 2016. They'll compete in the Patriot League, which includes Navy and Loyola.
The Ellicott City native has military academy coaching experience, having spent 2011 and 2012 as an assitant coach to Cindy Timchal at Navy as well as 2008 and 2009 as a volunteer coach with the Midshipmen. During her latest stint, the Mids won back-to-back Patriot League titles.
For the last two seasons, Waagbo was assistant coach to Kerstin Kimel at her alma mater Duke, where she was an All-America attacker in 2006 and 2007.
“I am excited to join to the tight-knit community at West Point and be surrounded by others who strive to keep the standard of excellence that is synonymous with West Point," Waagbo said in a news release. "I have an amazing opportunity to serve as a mentor and help develop the complete cadet-athlete here. I look forward to building a team and staff that will represent the ideals of this Academy. The Academy’s focus to increase the opportunities for young women with the addition of this program is very exciting and it’s something I look forward to being a part of.”
Army athletic director Boo Corrigan, who announced the addition of women's lacrosse in February, said: "We are very pleased to welcome Kristen as our newest coach at Army West Point. Her careers as both a player and a coach speak to her level of commitment to the game of women's lacrosse and position her for success."
Waagbo, a two-time Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year, was the All-Metro Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year as a senior in 2003. The Vikings won four state titles and lost only one game during her four years. They were ranked No. 1 by The Sun every week of her career.
She also played on the world champion U.S. Under-19 team in 2003 and served as co-head coach of the Dutch national team in 2008.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun