Caitlin Moore, one of the greatest players in University of Mary Washington women’s lacrosse history, returned to her alma mater as the head women’s lacrosse coach, with great results. Moore, who had coached three seasons at Randolph-Macon College, replaced her college coach, Dana Hall, who was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
Moore has brought the Eagles back to national prominence, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 15-5 record this spring. She was named as the Virginia Sports Information Direcotrs Association's College Division Coach of the Year.
"She is a perfect fit for our program and is a rising star in the coaching profession", said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. "She helped lead the UMW women's lacrosse team to multiple NCAA tournaments as an outstanding player and assistant coach, and we believe she will take us to even greater heights as our head coach."
Tyler added, "Coach Moore did a phenomenal job at Randolph-Macon, steadily building that program into a consistent winner. More importantly, she is a positive mentor and role model for the young women she coaches. Caitlin Moore will be an outstanding leader for our women's lacrosse program and a real asset to the University. It's a great day to be an Eagle!"
Moore’s star was on the rise after turning around the program at Randolph-Macon. After being hired prior to the 2011 season, Moore’s first squad finished with a 7-10 record, and followed with an 8-10 mark in 2012. The 2013 season saw the Yellow Jackets improve to 12-6, winning their first eight games. For her efforts, Moore was named as a finalist for the IWLCA Region Coach of the Year.
"I am extremely honored to be the women's lacrosse coach at the University of Mary Washington”, said Moore. “It is a privilege to be back at my alma mater and I look forward to starting this new chapter.”
Moore arrived in Ashland after a two-year stint as an assistant coach with her alma mater. Moore helped lead the Eagles to 28 wins over her two years on the sidelines in Fredericksburg. The 2010 squad advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked 12th in the nation. In 2009, UMW posted 14 wins, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was ranked 18th in the nation at the close of the season.
Moore joined Hall's staff in 2008 after completing one of the most brilliant careers in school history. She graduated as the Mary Washington career leader in points (303), while being the single season record holder in points with 143, and assists with 81. Moore also held single game records for assists (10) and points (14).
A two-time All-CAC choice and All-Region selection, Moore was a consensus All-American in 2008, after she led the nation in assists per game and points per game as a senior, breaking the NCAA Division III record for points per game with 7.94. Moore helped UMW to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.
In addition to her lacrosse duties, Moore also served as an assistant coach for the field hockey program in 2008-09. The Eagles won 34 games in her two plus seasons.
Originally from Cypress, Texas, Moore graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in business administration in 2008 and her MBA in 2012. She and her husband Ray, a former baseball standout at UMW and current varsity baseball coach at Douglas Freeman High School, reside in Glen Allen, Va. They have one daughter, Mary Grace (1).