Coastal Carolina Names Kristen Selvage Lacrosse Head Coach
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina director of athletics Matt Hogue has announced the hiring of Kristen Selvage as the second Chanticleer head lacrosse coach. Selvage spent the previous 15 years as the head coach at Lock Haven where she led the program to three NCAA Division II championship appearances since 2009.
Selvage was the 2015 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) Division II Coach of the Year after leading the Bald Eagles to the Division II title game -- falling in overtime -- while going 20-1 overall and 12-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Lock Haven additionally played for the 2009 and 2014 NCAA Division II championships, while reaching the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2005, 2007 and 2010. Overall, Selvage led LHU to a total of eight NCAA postseason berths, including three straight and six over the past seven years.
"We are very excited to welcome coach Selvage to the Coastal Carolina athletics family," said Hogue. "She is a proven winner and veteran head coach who I know will lead our student-athletes and lacrosse program to championship heights."
During her time at Lock Haven, Selvage built the Bald Eagles into a NCAA Division II power. Lock Haven produced 21 All-Americans that earned a total of 39 All-American honors, had seven National Player of the Year honors, finished among the top six in IWLCA NCAA Division II polls in nine of the last 10 seasons and lost just 32 games over the span. The Eagles lost just six conference games over the last seven years and won five PSAC championships. Overall, Selvage posted a 200-62 record with Eagles and was 126-25 in 12 years in the PSAC.
"First and foremost I would like to thank Director of Athletics Matt Hogue, Senior Women's Administrator Cari Rosiek and President David DeCenzo for this opportunity to lead the Coastal Carolina lacrosse program," said Selvage. "I am excited for this tremendous opportunity. The potential for this program and University is infinite and I cannot wait to get started working with our student-athletes."
Along with her 2015 National Coach of the Year honors, Selvage was named the 2015 South Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. She led Lock Haven to a No. 2 national ranking in both 2014 and 2015.
Under Selvage's guidance in 2015, Jessica Pandolf was named the IWLCA Division II Midfielder of the Year for the third consecutive season and teammate Chrissy Baffuto was tabbed the DII Goalkeeper of the Year. The duo additionally picked up first team All-American honors while teammates Jenna Dingler (first team), Kelly Hamilton (second team) and Shannon Bissnette (second team) were named to the All-American team as well.
Pandolf led all Division II players with 82 goals on the season while her 98 points on the season were the third-most in DII. Baffuto recorded 133 saves in nearly 1,300 minutes of action and her 4.98 goals against average was second-best in DII while her .518 save percentage ranked fourth.
In 2014, Lock Haven, thanks to a 17-game win streak, made its second appearance in an NCAA Division II title game as the squad posted a 19-3 record overall and 11-1 mark in the PSAC. Pandolf won her second National Midfielder of the Year award and was joined on the All-America first team by Chelsea Borrino while Lindsay Walbrant and Kelly Hamilton earned third team honors.
While LHU posted an 11-0 mark during the 2013 PSAC regular season, the Bald Eagles lost in the league's tournament final. However, the squad earned a berth to the NCAA postseason and Pandolf won the first of her three IWLCA Division II Midfielder of the Year honors. Pandolf was additionally tabbed first team All-American and Borrino earned third team All-American honors.
Selvage directed LHU to the 2011 PSAC title, a berth in the NCAA postseason and a No. 4 final national rank. Four-time All-American Katie Zichello was selected as the IWLCA Division II National Defender of the Year as she led the nation in caused turnovers (67) and ground balls (87).
The 2010 squad posted a 16-1 record, were PSAC champions and reached the NCAA semifinal while ending the season fourth in the national poll. For her effort, Selvage was selected as the PSAC West Division Coach of the Year and five Eagles were named All-American.
Selvage led Lock Haven to the 2009 NCAA Division II title game -- the program's first appearance in the final since winning the 1979 championship. She was selected PSAC West Division Coach of the Year, going 18-4 overall and 7-1 in the league. The team featured four All-Americans and finished third in the final national poll.
In 2008, Lock Haven was 15-4 overall and 12-2 in the PSAC but missed out on the postseason. However, the Bald Eagles finished sixth in the final national poll and had three players earn All-American honors. The 2007 squad reached the NCAA Division II semifinal, featured four All-Americans and was fifth in the final poll. In 2006, Lock Haven only lost two matches (17-2) and went 11-1 in the league to finish sixth in the final poll while three Eagles were named All-American.
Lock Haven had a breakout year in 2005 as Selvage put the Bald Eagles in the conversation as one of the nation's elite programs. The team posted a 14-5 record, had three All-Americans and finished season the as an NCAA Division II semifinalist.
In 2004, Selvage was named PSAC Coach of the Year, posting an 8-9 record, and led LHU to its first PSAC tournament appearance since 1991. Despite a 7-9 record in her first year with Lock Haven (2002), Selvage was still tabbed the PSAC Coach of the Year as the Bald Eagles had won just a total of two games in the previous three seasons (one in 2001, zero in 2000 and one in 1999). Megan Dwyer was named second team All-American in both 2002 and 2003.
Selvage has served on the IWLCA Board of Directors on two separate occasions and was the president of the association.
Following her graduation from Lock Haven in 1998 (B.A. in psychology), Selvage served stints as head field hockey coach at SUNY New Paltz and Elmira College. While at Elmira, she also took on head lacrosse duties, and prepared both squads for the move from club to varsity level.
In 2000, Selvage moved on to SUNY Geneseo, where she led the Lady Knights field hockey squad to a runner-up finish in the SUNYAC and a berth to the NYSWCAA playoffs. She guided three players to all-conference honors and two to All-NYSWCAA accolades. Under Selvage, the 2001 Lady Knight lacrosse team also advanced to the SUNYAC Championship playoffs with three athletes earning all-state status and two meriting All-SUNYAC honors.
Selvage was a member of Lock Haven's lacrosse team and garnered second team All-American honors as an attacker in 1998. She was also a standout goalkeeper for the Lock Haven field hockey team from 1994-97 and played on Lock Haven's 1994 and 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship squads. LHU also won three PSAC field hockey tournament championships during her playing days. Selvage earned All-American and All-PSAC honors in her junior and senior seasons. In 46 games, she posted 255 saves and 20 shutouts. Selvage has etched her place in the LHU record book as her career goals-against-average of 0.90 ranks seventh, her 23 career shutouts ties her for fourth and her 255 career saves is listed at eighth.