GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Amherst College women's lacrosse head coach Christine Paradis has been named the 2018 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the organization Thursday.
The third IWLCA regional coaching accolade of her distinguished career (2003, 2014), Paradis is one of eight Division III coaches across the nation to earn the honor. All winners will be recognized at the IWLCA Honors Banquet held on November 14 during the IWLCA Annual Meetings at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Florida.
Exhibiting her trademarked poise and toughness spearheading a bounce-back season for Amherst, Paradis brought the Mammoths roaring back into the national conversation in 2018 – her 24th season at the helm. Guiding Amherst to one of its best starts in program history, the Mammoths' recorded a 9-1 mark in the perennially tough NESCAC conference and posted eight wins against top-21 ranked teams to finish the spring with a 17-3 overall ledger and rank third all-time in program single season victories.
Named the 2018 NESCAC Coach of the Year for her efforts, Paradis mentored three All-NESCAC selections, including the NESCAC Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year, five All-Region honorees and three IWLCA All-America selections.
Returning to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2014, Amherst finished the 2018 season ranked fifth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll after starting the year unranked.