NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Christine Halfpenny, women's lacrosse head coach the last five seasons at the College of William and Mary where her teams have achieved four straight 10-win seasons and a pair of regular-season conference titles, has been named head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Notre Dame.
Halfpenny's Tribe squads captured Colonial Athletic Association regular-season titles in both 2008 and 2009 - and she merited CAA coach-of-the-year honors in 2008. Her teams combined for a 20-8 record in league play (including four straight conference tournament bids) - as William and Mary reached double digits in victories each of the last four seasons (10-7 in 2011 and 2009, 10-8 in 2010, 10-9 in 2008). Those four consecutive 10-win seasons matched the best previous stretch in program history.
"Chris brings to Notre Dame the experiences of having been involved with multiple programs and teams that have been to the NCAA final four, won conference titles and produced All-Americans," says Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick.
"From a coaching, recruiting and academic standpoint, she understands exactly what the expectations are here at Notre Dame and what it will take for our program to take the next set of steps forward."
Notre Dame's newest head coach tutored two All-Americans at William and Mary, to go with 26 all-conference selections and 10 all-region honorees. Her 2011 squad became the first in CAA history to receive awards for player of the year, defensive player of the year and rookie of the year in the same season.
A four-year letter-winner in women's lacrosse at Virginia Tech, Halfpenny started on the 1999 Hokie team that won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship, finished 11-6 and achieved a program-first top-20 ranking. She received the coaches award that year and was a two-time member of the athletic director's honor roll (1998, 1999). She graduated in 1999 with a degree in health and physical education.
Born in Latham, N.Y., Halfpenny and her husband Matt (he's the head men's and women's tennis coach at Norfolk State University) are parents of two sons - Jackson and Cole.
Year by Year with Halfpenny
Year School / Position
2000 Cave Spring High School (Roanoke, Va.) - Head Boys and Girls Swimming Coach, (Virginia Boys AAA state champion)
2001 Brown - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach
2002 Brown - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach
2003 Virginia Tech - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach
2004 Duke - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach, (13-6, NCAA Championships, Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season champion)
2005 Duke - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach, (17-4, NCAA Championships semifinalist, Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament champion)
2006 Duke - Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach, (18-3, NCAA Championships semifinalist, Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season champion)
2007 William and Mary - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
2008 William and Mary - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, (10-9, Colonial Athletic Association regular-season champion, CAA Coach of the Year)
2009 William and Mary - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, (10-7, Colonial Athletic Association regular-season champion)
2010 William and Mary - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, (10-8)
2011 William and Mary - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, (10-7)
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