BANNER ELK, N.C. – Lees-McRae College's Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced Monday afternoon that Lexi King has resigned from her position as the College's Head Women's Lacrosse Coach. Cat Lovallo, who has been the program's assistant coach for the past three seasons, has been promoted to the head coach role effective immediately.
"I'm grateful for Coach King's return to her alma mater and the work she did to build the program," said McPhail. "At the same time, I am excited to give Coach Lovallo this opportunity and work beside her. Cat is a hardworking, loyal coach who has spent four years prepping for this moment."
During her time in Banner Elk, Lovallo has helped coach the Bobcats to a total 11 victories and two appearances in the Conference Carolinas Women's Lacrosse Tournament. In addition to those accomplishments, Lovallo helped coach 11 Academic All-Conference honorees as well as two All-Conference Carolinas performers in Peyton LeCompte (1st Team – 2016) and Tiffany Laster (2nd Team – 2018).
Prior to beginning her coaching career, Lovallo was a two-time first-team all-conference player at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. As a player, Lovallo was named the 2013 Appalachian Athletic Conference's Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, while earning All-American first-team accolades in the National Women's Lacrosse League.
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.
Lovallo holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and exercise science, while also being certified in CPR and First Aid.