Staff
Director
Meghan Dennehy

Meghan Dennehy is a native of Gambrills, Md. She began playing lacrosse in 6th grade, and knew she found her true strength. Upon graduating high school, she spent 3 semesters at Anne Arundel Community College where she played both soccer and lacrosse and was named Female Athlete of the Year during her freshman year. In the spring of 2001, Meg began at Limestone College where she ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in fitness and wellness with a minor in biology. While at Limestone, Meg earned All-American honors for three consecutive seasons in lacrosse. During her senior year as a captain, Meg led the Saints to a 13-4 record and assisted them at ending the season as third the country. In that same year Limestone made its first appearance in the schools’ history to the NCAA final four. She was named to Limestone’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

After finishing her degree at Limestone, Meg decided to continue working in the “field” that she grew to love. She began her collegiate coaching career at Belmont Abbey College where she served as the assistant women's lacrosse coach for the ’05-’06 and ’06-’07 seasons. At the beginning of her 3rd season at the Abbey, Meg was approached by the head coach from Queens University of Charlotte and was offered the assistant coaching job there. After only a semester, the head coach left and she was named interim head coach in the spring of 2007; during that season she coached the Royals to an 11-7 record, and they finished 3rd in the conference. Shortly after the end of the 2007 season, she was named the head coach of the Women’s Lacrosse team and led the Royal’s as head coach for the following 6 seasons. In the final season at Queens, the team finished second overall in the conference by defeating the number six team in the nation, Pfeiffer University, advancing them to the conference finals for the first time in the history of the program. In her six years at the helm, she compiled a 49-57 record playing some of the toughest competition in the nation.

Currently, Meg is the head coach at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She began in 2013 where she was given the task of starting up the lacrosse program. In their first season, Meg led the women's lacrosse team to three wins and a berth in the Mountain East Conference Tournament in 2015. Dennehy's work in the team's inaugural season helped five of her players receive all-conference honors and earned her MEC Coach of the Year honors. In 2016 the UVa-Wise women’s lacrosse team compiled a record of 11-5 and for the second straight year earned a tournament berth finishing 3rd overall in the conference. The team had many players make the all-conference teams with three being named to first team, two named to second team and two named honorable mentions. Additionally, four players were named to the all-freshman team.

Because promoting the growth of women’s lacrosse is important to Meg, she started Freedom Lacrosse during the summer of 2009 in Charlotte, NC. Her hope now is to put areas of Southwest Virginia and the North Carolina high country on the map as a force in the women’s lacrosse world, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to help the youth in these areas excel in the sport.

In her rare moments of free time, Meg enjoys reading, going to the pool and the beach, snowboarding, and barbequing with friends. She is also a reality TV junkie, and enjoys shows like “Project Runway”, “Survivor”, and “Hell’s Kitchen”.

Director
Kristina Llanes

Kristina Llanes was named the new women's lacrosse coach at Mars Hill on August 10, 2016. Llanes will spend the 2016-17 season on the recruiting trail before placing MHU’s first women’s lacrosse team on the field in the spring of 2018.

Llanes brings an abundance of knowledge to Mars Hill after spending the previous four years at Kennesaw State. Taking over another new program in the Owls, she led the team to the Atlantic Sun tournament in just her first season at the helm, while also helping her players garner postseason accolades.

Llanes joined the Owls after last coaching in the collegiate ranks in the spring of 2011 as the head coach at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. for three seasons. While with the Blue Hose she helped build a program that was only a year old when she took the reins.

In 2011, her final season with the Blue Hose, Llanes guided Presbyterian to its best season in program history, while also leading a team with no seniors to wins over Fresno State, Liberty, and Detroit in the National Lacrosse Conference Tournament.

Before Llanes joined the Blue Hose she was the head women’s lacrosse coach at SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, NY for three seasons. She helped launch the program, which is now part of the Division III Skyline Conference. Under her guidance, the Privateers earned their first win as a varsity sport – an 18-5 victory over Pine Manor on Mar. 17, 2008. The team was awarded the Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Award in 2008, the Privateers first full season in the league.

Prior to her time at SUNY Maritime, Llanes spent one year as the assistant coach at Averett University, in Danville, Va. In addition to working with the Division III Cougars of the South Athletic Conference, she served as the assistant coach to the boy’s team at Hargrave Military Academy.

Llanes was a four-year starter at Pfeiffer University, where she earned a B.A. in Communications in 2004. As a senior, Llanes helped lead the Falcons to the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference championship and a No.7 spot in the final Division II rankings.

A native of Traceys Landing, Md., Llanes currently resides in Asheville, N.C. with her dog, Chloe.​

Director of Character and Leadership Development
Jen Boa

Jen attended Hood College in Frederick, MD, where she played soccer for two seasons and was a member of the swim for three, in addition to being actively involved in campus life. In May of 2004, she earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Hood, then headed back to her home state to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Florida State University. After she completed her MSW in 2005, Jen chose to move to Charlotte, NC, where she began teaching at a Catholic school. Moving to Wise, VA, brought an opportunity to find a different kind of employment, and Jen currently works at Health Connect America as a Supervisee in Social Work; in two years she will be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. At this time she spends her days in almost every school in Wise County providing individual and group counseling sessions to students.

More importantly than spreading lacrosse in under developed areas, Jen is excited to be a part of an organization that is geared specifically to girls. In the past she has worked with Athena’s Path, a Charlotte organization that empowers girls by giving them the tools and perspective they need to become leaders in their own lives. Jen feels that Freedom will not only give girls in Southwest Virginia and the North Carolina high country an opportunity to play lacrosse, but will also provide them with an opportunity to gain self-esteem and confidence through teamwork. “The coaches at Freedom are all former lacrosse players; because of their great successes in collegiate athletics, they are all automatically incredible role models for the Freedom girls.”

When Jen is not fundraising, counseling, or writing, she enjoys spending time by the pool, snowboarding, and reading. She is a huge Harry Potter fan, but her favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Goal Keeper Specialist
Maddie Coleman

Maddie Coleman begins her fifth season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2018. In Coleman's first four seasons at Denison, she helped lead the Big Red to four straight North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championships. Denison has also advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament in all four seasons and in 2016 and 2017 DU won the NCAC regular season title.

Coleman came to Granville from Glenalmond College in Perth, Scotland where she spent the year as a girls lacrosse coach and sports assistant after a four-year playing career at the perennial powerhouse Gettysburg College.

While attending Gettysburg College she was the starting goal keeper for the Bullets when they captured their first National Championship in 2011, and was also named to the NCAA All-tournament Team. That year she finished 4th in the nation with a .534 save percentage and 10th in goals-against average. She was a two-time first-team Centennial Conference selection and a two-time All-Metro Region honoree. As a captain in 2012, Coleman earned IWCLA All-American status.

Coleman has worked many camps in the past including- Bill Pilat's Goalie School, Denison University, Midwestern Force Club Team, and Washington and Lee University.

A native of Lexington, Va., Coleman earned a Master of Education in Sport Leadership degree in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Health Science in 2012 from Gettysburg College.

Goal Keeper Specialist
Sam Hurley

Samantha Hurley is currently the Head Coach at Young Harris College.

Prior to YHC she was an assistant at Mercer University for one year and the assistant coach at Roanoke College for three years.

While fulfilling her college coaching duties, Hurley also assisted organizing and working multiple lacrosse camps around the country. Amongst the numerous camps were Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School, Lock Haven Summer Lacrosse Camp, Tier One Camp, James Madison University Lacrosse Camp, and Mercer University Summer Lacrosse Camp.

In addition, Hurley coached for Midwestern Force Lacrosse Club for three years.

Hurley was a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team at Lock Haven University. She played both midfield and attack, helping Lock Haven to win two conference championships and earn three bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Hurley graduated from Lock Haven in 2013 with her bachelor's degree in Recreation Management – Fitness Management along with earning a minor in Psychology

Shooter Specialist
Lisa Valentine

Lisa Valentine begins her third year as Christopher Newport’s head coach following an impressive start to her career with the Captains.

Taking the reins in 2016 as just the fourth head coach in program history, Valentine has made an immediate impact while helping CNU register back-to-back 11-win campaigns. Along the way, the Captains have returned to the national spotlight, earning a place in the IWLCA National Coaches’ Poll. The squad climbed as high as 15th in the rankings during the 2016 campaign, marking the program’s top spot in over three years.

During her first season in Newport News, Valentine helped the Captains compile an 11-5 record while finishing atop the NCAA with a .580 free-position percentage. The 2016 squad also ranked first in the CAC with a .541 save percentage and a 13.13 goals-per-game average. In 2017, Christopher Newport registered an 11-8 record while ranking ninth in the NCAA in free-position percentage (.525) and first in the conference in draw controls (259).

In addition to the team’s success, Valentine has helped five Captains earn All-Conference honors over the past two years, while four players have collected All-Region accolades. Headlining the decorated contingent, Meaghan Galvin was celebrated as the CAC Player of the Year in 2016 and became the first Captain to earn All-American accolades from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association after securing second-team nods as a junior and senior.

Equally impressive off the field, Christopher Newport has been recognized as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad during each of the past two seasons. The Captains also earned the IWLCA Community Awareness Award in 2016, which is bestowed upon the program that has made outstanding contributions on the campus and in the community.

Prior to arriving in Newport News, Valentine spent five years as the head coach at St. Mary’s (Md.). During her time with the Seahawks, she compiled an overall record of 49-39, including a 22-15 ledger in league action. Along the way, the team reached the semifinals of the CAC Tournament in 2013 and 2015.

During her final year at St. Mary’s, the Stevensville, Maryland native led the Seahawks to a 13-5 record, including a 6-2 mark in the CAC. She also registered a 12-win campaign during her first year at the helm in 2011.

In her time at St. Mary’s, she coached eight All-Region honorees and 15 All-Conference performers. Just as impressive in the classroom, Valentine’s teams were named IWLCA Division III Academic Squads in 2012-14.

Prior to her time at St. Mary’s, Valentine served on the coaching staff at Washington College of Maryland from 2008-11. She was an assistant coach with the Shorewomen in the summer of 2008 before being promoted to Senior Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator the following summer.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Maryland, she played lacrosse for the Division I powerhouse for four seasons. As a Terrapin, she helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003.

Valentine earned her B.A. in economics from Maryland in May, 2006.