Krystal Ortiz will enter her third season as the women’s lacrosse coach at Dean College in the 2019 season.
In addition to her head coaching role, Ortiz serves as the department’s Director of Compliance and Senior Women’s Administrator.
During her first two seasons at the helm of the women’s lacrosse program, Ortiz has worked diligently to build the program from the ground up. Dramatic strides have been made since she took over, including number of games played and student-athletes participating in the sport. Along with those administrative improvements came on field gains as well, where the team went from 17 goals scored in 2017 to 83 in 2018. Additionally, the squad had four games where they recorded ten goals or more in 2018 compared to none in 2017.
Ortiz arrived at Dean after serving as the top assistant at Frostburg State University in Maryland for the 2016 season.
Prior to her time with the Bobcats, Ortiz spent four years as the first-ever head coach at Methuen High in Massachusetts. During her time with the Rangers, she was named Merrimack Valley Small Conference Coach of the Year (2013) and guided her team to a pair of conference championships (2013, 2014) and back-to-back trips to the state tournament.
Ortiz was a standout volleyball and lacrosse student-athlete at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. While with the Lasers, she was a lacrosse and volleyball GNAC All-Academic selection.
In lacrosse, she was named team rookie of the year and was a first-team all-league selection in 2004 and then in 2008, she was named team captain and was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award.
Ortiz graduated from Lasell in 2008 with a bachelor’s of science degree in sport management and went on to receive her master’s degree from Seattle University in sports administration and leadership. During her time in Seattle, she interned at the University of Washington working closely with Olympic sports.