Sarah Lagasse Named Head Cross Country Coach at Christopher Newport
Sarah Lagasse Named Head Cross Country Coach at Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Sarah Lagasse has been named the head coach of the Christopher Newport cross country program and will also serve as a track & field assistant with the Captains after building an extensive résumé as both a national championship coach and record-setting student-athlete.
Lagasse comes to Christopher Newport after serving as an assistant coach at Williams College and Franklin Pierce University. During her time at Williams, she worked with one of the finest cross country programs in the nation, helping lead the women's team to the 2015 National Championship and the men's squad to a second-place finish at the title meet.
"I'm delighted to join the Christopher Newport family," said Lagasse, who graduated from Bridgewater State in 2012. "I've always admired the talent and tenacity of the student-athletes at CNU and am honored to be chosen to work with them."
From 2014-16, Lagasse served as the Assistant Men's and Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Williams. During that time, she helped lead the Ephs to one of the finest stretches in school history, highlighted by the women's cross country national title in 2015. She also coached over a dozen All-Americans, numerous NCAA qualifiers, and two student-athletes who cracked the national all-time top-10 lists.
For her work with the program, Lagasse was honored as the USTFCCCA Regional Women's Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.
"Sarah has the background and experience to match the high expectations we have for our cross country and track & field programs," said CNU Director of Athletics Kyle McMullin. "She has coached and mentored student-athletes who have succeeded both athletically and academically in a challenging liberal arts environment. During her career, she has helped develop young men and women who have found success in all walks of life. She is a perfect fit for our vision here at CNU."
Prior to her time at Williams, Lagasse served as an assistant with the cross country and track & field teams at Franklin Pierce from 2012-14. During that time, she helped build the track & field program in its first years of collegiate competition. Overseeing the team in its infancy, she eventually led the Ravens to national recognition while helping her student-athletes collect multiple All-Region accolades and earn spots at the USATF Junior Cross Country and Track & Field National Championships.
In addition to her efforts with the track & field program at Franklin Pierce, she also helped guide the men's cross country team to its first appearance at the NCAA Division II National Championships after placing second at the regional meet in 2013.
"I am very excited to add Sarah to our staff," said CNU track & field head coach Tyler Wingard. "She helped start the track & field program at Franklin Pierce while elevating the cross country and distance group to the D2 national level. She also made an immediate impact at Williams as their women's cross country team won a national title and their men were runners-up. She has a passion for community engagement, and the level of success she has had with her student-athletes while developing them holistically makes her a great fit here at CNU."
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Lagasse was a record-setting runner at Bridgewater State from 2009-12. During her career, she captured nine conference championships and broke seven school records, including three that still stand today. She was also named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Rookie of the Year in 2009 and earned the Dr. Adrian Tinsley Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.
A perennial Academic All-District selection for her work in the classroom, Lagasse graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. She also earned her Master of Business Administration in sports & recreation management from Franklin Pierce in 2014.
Lagasse joins a Christopher Newport program that has made waves on the national stage in recent years. The women's cross country team made its first trip to the National Championships in 2014, while the men have advanced to the NCAA meet during each of the past two seasons, including an 11th-place showing last year. Additionally, the distance runners captured three All-American awards during the track & field season in 2016-17 as well.
"The Cross Country program has, in recent years, been growing in strength as well as in numbers," said Lagasse. "This year's team has the lethal combination of high sights and dogged determination. It will be exciting to work with these student-athletes who are focused on both individual and team success."