Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
Kristen Waagbo enters her third season as the Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Army during the 2016-17 academic year after being appointed to the position on June 13, 2014. Waagbo transitioned the Black Knights into their first varsity season, leading the team to a 5-12 record during the 2016 campaign. Waagbo oversaw the women’s lacrosse program’s final season at the club level in 2015, guiding the Black Knights to an 8-3 overall record and an appearance in the championship game of the New England Women’s Lacrosse League Tournament in 2015. A former standout attacker at Duke, Waagbo arrived at West Point after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater under head coach Kerstin Kimel. During her two seasons in Durham, N.C., Waagbo helped lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearances, along with producing four Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans.
Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo announced the hiring of Shannon Gilroy as an assistant coach in August. Gilroy comes to West Point after spending one year as an assistant at Vanderbilt. Gilroy worked primarily with the attack and midfield units at Vanderbilt and mentored Second Team All-BIG EAST honorees Kelly Chandler and Emma Dagres. The Commodores finished with a 5-11 overall record during the 2015 season. Gilroy also brings a wealth of top-level playing experience, including competing on the United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team since June 2015. She was one of 24 players to represent the United States during a foreign tour to England in the summer of 2016. She has gained additional experience as a member of the Long Island Sound of the United Women’s Lacrosse League, the world’s first-ever professional women’s lacrosse league. Gilroy was drafted 10th overall by Long Island during the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League Draft in April 2016. Prior to playing at the national and professional levels, Gilroy enjoyed a standout playing career at the University of Florida, where she was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, presented annually to the top player in the nation. A three-time All-American at Florida, Gilroy helped lead the Gators to three conference titles and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four in 2012. She was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2015, while earning All-Tournament Team honors each year, in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in the BIG EAST in 2015. Additionally, Gilroy was named ALC Midfielder of the Year in 2014 and was an Inside Lacrosse BIG EAST Player of the Week. Gilroy finished her career ranked tied for eighth in the NCAA Division I record books in career goals (256) and tied for 16th in points (320). Gilroy graduated from Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2015.
Bria Irizarry begins her third season as an assistant coach at Army in the 2016-17 academic year. Noto Family Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo announced the addition of Irizarry to her staff on August 1, 2014. Irizarry worked primarily with the defense and goalkeepers during Army’s inaugural varsity season in 2016. The Black Knights finished the year 5-12 overall, picking up victories over Central Connecticut State, Howard, LIU Brooklyn, Presbyterian and UMass Lowell. She also helped oversee Army’s final year at the club level, as the Black Knights played to an 8-3 overall record and appeared in the championship game of the New England Women’s Lacrosse League Tournament.