101 Ways to Get to Know Women's Lacrosse: 93-90
Coach Valore and friends from JMU enjoy a Phillies baseball game in Philadelphia.

Oct. 24, 2012

Every other week, the women's lacrosse staff will countdown 101 ways to help you get to know the program before the first team steps foot on campus in August 2013. Go Blue!

Did you know ...

93. Coach Valore was a four-year starter on defense for James Madison University from 1997-2000. During her senior year, she captained the Dukes squad that reached the Final Four.

"My experience at JMU was one that I am so grateful for and will carry memories from for a lifetime. At the end of my collegiate career at JMU, I walked away with not only championships, but some of my very best friends and countless remarkable life experiences that have served me well throughout the years. This same experience is what I am looking forward to helping to give our teams and student-athletes here at Michigan." - Coach Valore

92. Coach Valore served as an assistant coach at Temple University under coach Ulehla from 2004-06, where she helped lead the Owls to an Atlantic-10 regular-season and tournament championship.

"Temple was the first time I coached at the collegiate level and learned a great deal from that experience. I enjoyed my time as an assistant coach for the Owls. Truth be told, it was while coaching at Temple that I wholly realized my love for coaching. That awareness stuck with me over the next few years and helped guide me when making my decision to come to Michigan. For that reason and more, Temple holds a special place in my heart." - Coach Valore

91. Coach Valore has taught as an adjunct instructor for both the undergraduate and graduate sport management programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., since 2005.

"I remember the first time that I stepped into the classroom as a college instructor and how nervous I was. I nearly gave up on teaching that first year but was determined to succeed and stuck with it. I am happy that I gave it another chance because I have truly enjoyed teaching -- it's like coaching in many ways -- and teaching has no doubt made me a better coach through the many lessons I've learned in the classroom. The director of the sport management program at Drexel, Dave O'Brien, is a former collegiate athletic director and has served as an incredible mentor for me. He was a big supporter of my decision to go back into coaching and through his leadership I've learned valuable lessons I hope to pass along through coaching at Michigan." - Coach Valore

90. While coaching at U-M, Valore continues to contribute as a blogger to Drexel's "Women in Coaching" website.

"I love the blog 'Women in Coaching!' My colleague, Dr. Amy Giddings, at Drexel started the website about a year ago as a way to bring female coaches together. It's a fabulous channel for women's coaches to share their experiences, thoughts, ideas, passions and research while also collaborating and learning from each other for personal and professional growth. Leadership is something that I am passionate about and through the blog I am able to explore my own leadership facilities and benefit from the wisdom and insight of other female coaches." - Coach Valore

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Oct. 11: 97-94 Ways
Sept. 26: 101-98 Ways

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