Kristen Waagbo is trading in the West Coast for the East Coast. On July 28, the Naval Academy announced that she has been hired as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Navy.
In more ways than one, the Ellicott City native is returning home.
Waagbo served as a volunteer coach at Navy during the 2008-09 seasons. She was part of Navy’s first women’s lacrosse staff, and the 2008 team set an NCAA record for the most wins (13) by a first-year program.
A graduate of Mt. Hebron High School, Waagbo left Navy for an assistant coaching position at the University of California Davis. The Aggies posted a turnaround season, going from 6-12 in 2009 to 11-6 last spring and reaching the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation semifinals.
“We are just thrilled to have Kristen back at Navy,” said head coach Cindy Timchal in a press release. “She experienced a high level of success as the top assistant at UC Davis and did a great job for their program. We are very happy that she is now rejoining our program at Navy.”
“I am so thrilled and grateful to be returning to the Naval Academy,” said Waagbo.
Waagbo, a two-time All-American at Duke University, isn’t the only person on Navy’s women’s lacrosse staff with Howard County ties. Associate head coach Allison (Valentino) Fondale is a graduate of Atholton High School. She recruited Waagbo to Duke and coached her there.
Waagbo, a two-time Howard County Player of the Year in girls lacrosse and also in basketball, was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rising Centennial junior Nathan Kraisser continued to impress this week at the USA Wrestling Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D.
In Greco-Roman, the two-time Maryland state champ won his pool by defeating wrestlers from Wisconsin, Iowa, New York, Colorado, Missouri and California. He won one round against his finals opponent, Val Rauser of Montana, but lost two. Still, it was an outstanding performance at the nation’s biggest tournament.
Reservoir rising senior Mark Colabucci, also a state champion, was the only other wrestler from Howard County to win more than two matches. He was 4-2 in the freestyle competition, just missing out on All-American status.
Andrew took his first job with the Howard County Times as an editorial assistant/obituary writer in 2001. He has written about an array of sports, from rugby to roller skate dancing. Andrew was a (mediocre) swimmer at Loyola College, but he enjoys playing many sports, including rec-league softball, kickball, basketball, football, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. He would play rec-league unicycle badminton if he could find a league. He is a fan of all the Baltimore sports clubs, from the O’s to the Blast. When he’s not obsessing over the athletic endeavors of others, Andrew enjoys watching zombie movies from the 70s and 80s. He resides in Catonsville.