July 20, 2010
Notre Dame, Ind. – University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse coach Tracy Coyne announced today that Crysti Foote `06, the first two-time All-American (2005 IWLCA third team, 2006 IWLCA first team) in the program’s history, has joined her staff as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season. She replaces Irish assistant, Kateri Linville, who was named the head coach at the University of Delaware in early June. Linville served five seasons as an assistant on Coyne’s staff from 2005-2010.
In making the announcement Coyne said, “It’s exciting to have another alumnae return to coach here at Notre Dame. Crysti will carry on the tradition that has worked very well for us. The program will benefit most from two of Crysti’s best assets: her game intelligence and her ability to assist players in refining their skills. It’s always beneficial to have someone on staff who understands what it means to be a Notre Dame student-athlete. There are demands on athletes here that Crysti can identify with and she will help the players successfully navigate a demanding landscape.”
“Crysti was an exceptional player who succeeded at the highest level of the game. On the field she was always very calm and took things as they came to her. She faced challenges head on with confidence, with a `Hey, I can do this,’ attitude. She never got uptight. That’s one of the many reasons the players are going to love working with her. As a player she was generous with sharing the wealth. She will coach the same way. Everyone in the program is going to get better. Most of all, Crysti understands what it takes to win.”
As an assistant at Notre Dame, Foote will work with the Irish attack on a daily basis while assisting with recruiting, team travel, camps and clinics in addition to the day-to-day office operations. She rejoins the Irish as a coach after spending last year working on her master’s degree in guidance counseling at Long Island University. While working on her master’s, Foote worked with high school lacrosse programs and clubs doing clinics. Prior to that she served as an assistant coach at Drew University (2007-08) and Columbia University (2008-09) after finishing her collegiate career.
“I’m very excited to be coming back to Notre Dame after four years away, coaching at all different levels before taking last year off to work on my masters degree,” said Foote. “Being away from the game for a year made me realize how much I missed coaching at the highest level. I’m very excited to be back to again work with Tracy (Coyne) who was my coach here at Notre Dame and with Team Canada. It’s great to be able to return to my alma mater and I hope to be able share my experiences and continue the strong women’s lacrosse tradition here. I’m really looking forward to working with the talented group of players that are already members of this program.”
While at Notre Dame as a player (2002-06), Foote rewrote the school’s record books for single-season and career scoring. A four-time monogram winner, the Suffern, N.Y., resident served as team captain of the 2006 squad, leading the Irish to the NCAA semifinals while recording the school’s single-best offensive season with 74 goals and 40 assists for 114 points, a mark that still stands today. Her totals led the nation and she was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) attack player of the year. A Tewaaraton Trophy finalist in 2006, Foote was the BIG EAST attack player of the year and took first team IWLCA All-American honors. That season, she also set Notre Dame’s then single-game point mark with nine goals and two assists for 11 points in a win at California.
The Notre Dame Monogram Club’s team most valuable player as a senior, Foote graduated as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in games (66), goals (161), assists (76) and points (237). She held single-season records for goals, assists, points and shots and single-game marks for goals (9) and points (11). She currently ranks second all-time in goals, third in assists, second in points and fifth in draw controls while still owning the mark for goals in a single game with nine.
The 26-year old Foote was born in Toronto, Canada and continues to play internationally for Canada’s World Cup team. She has already made two World Cup appearances in 2005 and 2009. In 2005 with Coyne as the head coach, she led the Canadiens in scoring and was seventh in the tournament with 20 goals and seven assists for 27 points, helping Canada to a fourth-place finish in the tournament held in Annapolis, Maryland. She earned player of the game honors with six goals in a win over Wales.
Four years later in 2009, the talented scorer teamed with her younger sister, Julie, a 2008 Notre Dame graduate, to help Canada to a bronze medal at the World Cup held in the Czech Republic. There, she finished second in scoring for Canada, notching 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points, including an eight-point game (5g, 3a) to earn player of the game honors in a win over Japan.
Foote graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business. She is the daughter of Bill and Wende Foote. Her father is a member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is a former professional indoor lacrosse player.