King enters her first year at the helm of the Lees-McRae women's lacrosse program.
“We are looking to build this program and have found someone with all of the criteria we felt to do the job,” praised McPhail. “King, having played here and been a head coach in the Southeast allows us a great chance for growth.”
Most recently, King was the head women’s lacrosse coach at St. Andrews, where she mentored, developed and coached student-athletes. She was accountable for all aspects of recruiting and controlling various budgets, including overall expense budget and allotment of athletic scholarships. King was an Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach representative and Oversight Committee member of the NWLL.
Prior to coaching at St. Andrews, King served as the assistant coach at Shorter University from August 2011 to May 2013. At Shorter, she was responsible for monthly newsletters to parents and alumni while maintaining responsibility for all aspects of travel, team logistics and team fundraising.
King is an alumni of LMC and played women’s lacrosse for the Bobcats from 2008-2011. She graduated with honors and completed her degree in three years while being on the Conference Carolinas Honor Roll throughout her career and a member of the Deans’ List.
“Her passion and organizational structure will give us a strong presence in women’s lacrosse, I am excited for her return to Banner Elk and look forward to seeing her accomplish great things for us,” said McPhail.
King has volunteered for the Relay for Life and HeadStrong Lacrosse Foundation. She has assisted in the running of multiple coaching and player camps from 2008 to the present.
She was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.
Lovallo enters her first season as the assistant coach for women's lacrosse at Lees-McRae.
“We are excited about having Cat assisting our women’s lacrosse team. This marks a strong commitment as she is the first assistant coach in the history of our program,” praised Craig McPhail. “Her skills and familiarity with Coach (Lexi) King will certainly make a difference for our young women.”
Lovallo spent the last seven months as a volunteer assistant at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.
For the Knights, she assisted in practice plans, individual workouts, monitored rehab routines and breaking down game film.
“I am excited to add Cat Lovallo to Lees-McRae College and the women’s lacrosse family. She’s being welcomed at a very exhilarating time to be a member of the Bobcat coaching staff,” said King. “Cat’s outstanding career as a player, teaching ability, and passion for the game has put her in position to excel as an assistant coach.”
Lovallo was a two-time first-team all-conference representative at SAU while earning All-American first-team accolades in the National Women’s Lacrosse League.
In 2013, she was tabbed Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Prior to her playing time at St. Andrews, Lovallo spent two years at Brookdale Community College and was named captain in 2012 while earning all-region recognition, twice, and all-conference, once, in 2010.
“I am excited to start my coaching career at Lees-McRae alongside Coach King. Together, we are going to continue to help elevate the lacrosse program,” said Lovallo. “I am grateful to be given this opportunity by Dr. Barry Buxton and McPhail.”
Lovallo earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and exercise science and is CPR and First Aid certified.