A two-time All-American at Duke University and previously a member of the U.S. Naval Academy coaching staff, Kristen Waagbo joined the UC Davis women's lacrosse program as head coach Elaine Jones' top assistant in the fall of 2009. She will take part in all aspects of the program.
Waagbo served two years as a volunteer assistant for the Mids, helping develop the young program into one of the top offenses in collegiate history. In its first year as a Division I program, Navy set a Patriot League record of 283 goals and earned a spot in the conference tournament.
Prior to her arrival at the Academy, Waagbo enjoyed an outstanding career at Duke, setting school career and season records for assists. She totalled 161 career goals for 277 points, both of which rank second in Blue Devil history behind only 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Katie Chrest. In her senior season of 2007, Waagbo posted a school-record 44 assists toward a career-best 90 points. She captured first-team USWLA/USL All-America honors and finished as a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton award (the women's lacrosse equivalent of football's Heisman Trophy). During Waagbo's career, Duke posted a 64-17 record, won four Atlantic Coast Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Final Four on three occasions.
Waagbo hails from Ellicott City, Md, where she led Mount Hebron High School to four straight state championships. She also was a member of the U.S. Under-19 squad which won the 2003 World Championship, held in Towson, Md. Waagbo more recently was inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame.
Waagbo graduated from Duke in 2007, earning her degree in cultural anthropology with a concentration in markets and management studies.