Restivo Named Head Coach at Virginia Wesleyan
Jan. 4, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After serving six seasons as a field hockey assistant coach at Wake Forest, Christina Restivo has been named the new head coach at Virginia Wesleyan, as announced by VWC athletic director Joanne Renn.
"I am extremely excited for this next step in my career. I would not be taking this step without the experiences I have banked over the last six seasons, and I am grateful for everyone who has helped me along the way," said Restivo. "Virginia Wesleyan College proposes a new beginning, and I am fortunate to be given this opportunity. I can't wait to use the tools and knowledge I have obtained over the years to lead this program."
Restivo, who played at the University of Maryland and is a Parkton, Md., native, has been primarily responsible for the goalkeepers at Wake Forest. She also helped lead the Demon Deacons to the NCAA National Championship game in 2008 and the NCAA Semifinals in 2007.
"It is bittersweet leaving Wake Forest after six seasons. I am really fortunate to have been under the tutelage and guidance of (head coach) Jen (Averill) and to have worked with associate head coaches such as Christy Morgan and Daan Polders. Wake Forest has been home to me," said Restivo.
"There is sadness in her leaving, but I am incredibly excited for her. She deserves this opportunity to grow, learn and branch out on her own. She will definitely do great things," said Wake Forest head coach Jennifer Averill. "She will be remembered here for her outstanding work ethic, her loyalty as a friend and colleague and her commitment to always getting better. Also, she was a person in the department who always brought people closer together. I will miss her, and the entire Wake Forest athletic department will miss her, as well."
Virginia Wesleyan College is a member of NCAA Division III and competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Marlins finished the 2012 season with a 3-12 record and have advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship two times (2003, 2004).