Mrs. Kristen Coleman McDaniel will be the new Assistant Athletic Director at Stone Ridge. Coach McDaniel comes to us having served as the Assistant Director of the Hanley Center and Summer Camps at Georgetown Preparatory School for four years. In this role, she provided leadership and support to the operational, fiscal, and programmatic development of the School's premier athletic facility and summer camp program.
In addition to her role with Georgetown Prep Athletics, Coach McDaniel had served as the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach and Lacrosse Program Director at the Academy of the Holy Cross (AHC). Coach McDaniel also currently serves as a lacrosse coach for MC Elite Girls Lacrosse Club.
As the Head Coach, in just her second season, Coach McDaniel led AHC to its best season in program history. The team ended the season with a 16-4 record, a second place finish in the WCAC tournament, and a fourth place national ranking. Under her leadership, AHC achieved its first national ranking and highest Washington Post ranking since 2007. Additionally, Coach McDaniel was named Coach of Year in the (former) Montgomery County Gazette.
A Montgomery County native, Coach McDaniel attended Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac, MD, before attending AHC for high school, graduating in 2007. During her high school career, she was a four-year varsity lacrosse player, serving as team captain during her junior and senior years. She was a 2007 U.S. Lacrosse High School Regional All-American, and a three-time All-WCAC player, two-time team MVP, and second team All-Met. She also earned varsity letters in soccer and cross country.
After AHC, Coach McDaniel enrolled at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she played Division I Lacrosse. In just three seasons, Kristen Coleman dominated the record books as the all-time leading scorer in Fairfield and MAAC women's lacrosse history. She compiled 257 career points fueled by 186 goals – also a Fairfield and MAAC record total – and also tops the Stags' all-time list with 71 assists. She started her career as the MAAC Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year in 2008, scoring a Fairfield-record 68 goals – which stood as the MAAC record until 2016 – en route to the 90 points that also topped the MAAC ledger until this past spring. She repeated Offensive Player of the Year after an 88-pont campaign in 2009 and earned her third First Team All-MAAC nod in 2010 with 79 points. Coleman was a three-time IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team and MAAC All-Academic honoree. She was chosen by her teammates as a co-captain for the 2011 season, though she was out of action for the campaign due to injury. Coleman was the leading scorer on three straight MAAC Regular Season Champions from 2008-10, including the 2009 squad that won the MAAC Championship to advance to the NCAA postseason. In her three active years with the Stags, Fairfield went 18-0 in the MAAC as a part of a 47-10 (.825) overall record.
She finished her career playing lacrosse as a fifth-year graduate player at Georgetown University. During her only season at Georgetown, Coach McDaniel was a leading scorer for the Hoyas and was nominated to play in the North vs. South Senior All-Star Game representing Georgetown. She was also selected for the IWCLA Academic Honor Roll.
Coach McDaniel completed her Master's Degree in Sports Management at Georgetown University.