A CENTURY OF COMMITMENT TO NOTRE DAME (video)
As part of the Monogram Club’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, the Club is highlighting its many connections to each Notre Dame program. This latest installment of the “Monogram Club Turns 100” series looks at how the Monogram Club and the Fighting Irish women’s lacrosse program have been connected throughout the years.
Women’s Lacrosse Monogram Moments
The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program debuted as a varsity sport in 1997. The Fighting Irish posted a 5-4 record in their inaugural season.
Kathryn (Lam) Valenti (’02, ’07) is a two-time recipient of the Monogram Club Team MVP Award. The Monogram Club annually sponsors the MVP award for every Fighting Irish team. Valenti, who currently works at Notre Dame in the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research, received the award in 2000 and 2002. She is seen here with longtime Monogram Club executive director Father Jim Riehle (’49, honorary), former Monogram Club president Mike Heaton (’68, ’71 football & golf) and former women’s lacrosse head coach Tracy Coyne (honorary).
Maureen “Mo” Whitaker began a three-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in September. She is the first women’s lacrosse alum to serve on the Monogram Club board.
The women’s lacrosse program has utilized the Monogram Club team-hosting program, which allows teams to experience unique opportunities while traveling for competition. The team attended The Lion King in 2010, Blue Man Group in 2015 and went on a whitewater rafting excursion during last summer’s trip to Italy. Last week, the squad held a movie night during their spring break road trip.
The Monogram Club hosted a Monogram Career Network event in Boston last spring for the women’s lacrosse team. The event took place in between road games at Boston College and Stony Brook.
The women’s lacrosse program’s first-time Monogram winners are honored each fall at the Club’s Monogram Jacket Ceremony.
The Monogram Club and the Notre Dame athletics department issue commencement stoles to graduating student-athletes and student support staff. The tradition began in 2014. The 2015 women’s lacrosse graduates are seen here with head coach Christine Halfpenny.
Junior midfielder Katherine Eilers is the daughter of former Monogram Club director Pat Eilers (‘90). The Eilers family is seen here during the Monogram Jacket Ceremony in the fall of 2014.