Amanda Barnes Moore is entering her third year in charge of the ECU women's lacrosse program after being named the first head coach of the Pirates lacrosse team on June 27, 2016.
After spending the 2016-17 academic year building the Pirate women's lacrosse program, Moore guided ECU on the field during the inaugural 2018 season. The Pirates finished its first year of athletic competition by being named an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad as the team had a combined GPA of 3.49.
The former Amanda Barnes arrived in Greenville after five seasons as an assistant coach at Duke University. During her time in Durham, Moore guided seven Blue Devils to All-America honors, including defender Taylor Virden in 2013 and 2014, goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea in 2013 and midfielder Maddie Crutchfield and attacker Kyra Harney in 2016. Duryea became the first goalkeeper in program history to earn the distinction as a freshman while concluding the 2013 season ranked fourth nationally in save percentage (.507) and 10th in saves per game (9.00). Moore also helped develop her goalkeepers to four all-conference honors and 20 players overall to all-conference accolades.
As the Blue Devils’ defensive coordinator, Moore oversaw individual player and unit development, gameday personnel and substitutions, defense and clearing schemes and film and scouting sessions while implementing individual skill and footwork sessions. She also served a co-director of the Duke Lacrosse Camp for Girls and 7v7 Blue Devil Challenge Clinic and Tournament.
The 2016 campaign had Duke ranked among the top 15 teams nationally throughout the spring while wrapping up the year at No. 11 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) final poll. The squad compiled an 11-9 ledger and earned the program’s 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, reaching the second round.
Duryea, Crutchfield and Harney received IWLCA All-America recognition as Duryea collected first team honors while Crutchfield was named to the second team and Harney to the third team. The accolade marked the second All-America distinction for Duryea as the Blue Devils represented one of seven schools with three or more selections across the three All-America squads. Dureya concluded the year ranked seventh in the country in save percentage (.517). With six saves against Loyola in the NCAA first round, Duryea became just the third goalkeeper in ACC history to reach 600 saves for her career. She concluded her career ranked behind only Megan Huether (‘06) on Duke’s career saves and goalkeeper wins lists. The Beverly, Mass., native ranked among the national leaders in save percentage (7th, .517) and saves per game (14th, 9.05) this spring while pacing the ACC in both categories. Duryea also led all active Division I goalkeepers in career saves.
In 2015 Moore oversaw a defensive unit that ranked second in the ACC and 12th nationally in goals against average (8.00), and anchored Duke’s run to the NCAA semifinals. Duryea moved into fourth on the Blue Devils’ career saves list and was joined on the IWLCA All-South Region and All-ACC teams by defender Claire Scarrone. Duryea also led all conference goalies in goals against average (7.84) for the season and was second in save percentage (.474).
Under Moore's direction, the defense posted a 9.84 goals goals against average in 2014. Virden ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (1.47) and fifth in the league in ground balls per contest (2.11) en route to earning All-America, All-South Region and All-ACC accolades. The 2013 campaign saw the Blue Devil defense allow just 8.95 goals per game and record the second shutout in school history in a 23-0 victory over Presbyterian Feb. 10.
In 2012, her first season in Durham, Moore helped lead the defense to a top-10 national ranking in scoring defense. Senior goalkeeper Mollie Mackler led the ACC in save percentage (.417) and saves per game (6.0) in conference contests while also earning All-ACC recognition. The unit held 13 opponents to single-digit scoring and allowed just 8.89 goals per game, marking the program’s first season with a team goals against average under nine since 2006.
A native of Bel Air, Md., Moore arrived at Duke from Boston University where she served as an assistant coach during the 2011 season. With the Terriers, Moore worked with Boston’s two underclassmen goaltenders, helping freshman starter Christina Sheridan to America East All-Rookie Team honors. She also mentored 2011 America East Co-Player of the Year Danielle Etrasco as well as six all-conference selections.
Prior to her stint at BU, Moore worked with the goaltenders at Ohio State - helping guide the Buckeyes to a 20-14 record during her time in Columbus. Under her tutelage, Ohio State’s Kristen Gilwee set program records for career saves and wins after completing her career in 2009, while the Buckeyes’ Annie Carruthers garnered 2010 American Lacrosse Conference Goalie of the Year honors the following season. During her time in Columbus, Moore coached one All-America selection and six all-conference honorees.
Before beginning her coaching career, Moore was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina where she helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA quarterfinals in each of her four seasons. The squad’s starting goalkeeper as a senior, Moore was also a four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in exercise & sport science - sport administration and a minor in English.
Additionally, she was a multi-year participant in the Carolina Leadership Academy, and received the program’s highest honor, the Three-Dimensional Leader award. Moore also has extensive experience working as a camp instructor, including North Star, Between the Pipes, NEMS, Elite 300 and UNC camps.
Moore, who also starred in cross country and swimming at C. Milton Wright High School, led the Mustangs to the 2004 Maryland state lacrosse championship. She was inducted into her high school’s hall of fame in the spring of 2009.
Moore and her husband Jonathan Moore reside in Greenville with their two dogs, Sadie and Gunner.Read More
Emily Parros is in her third year as an assistant coach for the ECU women's lacrosse program after joining the Pirates in July of 2016.
After helping build the ECU program during the 2016-17 academic year, Parros primarily worked with the offensive and draw units during the inaugural 2018 season.
Along with her duties as an assistant coach, Parros currently plays professionally for the Philadelphia Force, a member club of the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX). Parros teamed with fellow assistant coach Lexi Cross to help lead the Force to the 2018 UWLX title.
"I am excited to welcome Emily to the first-ever East Carolina women's lacrosse staff," head coach Amanda Barnes Moore said. "She brings national championship playing experience and a tremendous knowledge and passion for the game of lacrosse. She is an outstanding ambassador to the sport – participating in the first-ever women's professional lacrosse league - and I know she will use those experiences, as well as her past coaching experiences at James Madison University, to benefit our program. I look forward to having Emily mentor and teach our future women's lacrosse student–athletes."
From July 2015 until July of 2016, Parros worked as a physical education teacher and the varsity women's lacrosse head coach at The First Academy in Orlando, Fla. She also worked with the Lax Maniax lacrosse club as the head coach of the 2020 class, advising and counseling players through the college recruiting process.
Parros was on staff at James Madison from 2013-15, helping guide the Dukes to a 37-18 record along with two Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships, the 2015 CAA Tournament title and a NCAA Tournament appearance
A two-time captain for North Carolina, Parros rounded out her college career by being named a Synapse Sports All-American and was a member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List (nation's top player). She was also chosen for the All-Atlantic Coast Conference and ACC All-Tournament teams during her senior campaign.
During her time in Chapel Hill, Parros posted 72 goals and 46 assists for 118 career points. Additionally, she picked up 104 ground balls and 101 draw controls to go with 73 caused turnovers. Parros was a two-time ACC All-Academic honoree and a member of the Rising Stars program of the Carolina Leadership Academy, which develops premier leaders in collegiate athletics.
On the coaching side, Parros assisted with the UNC Elite Camp and Rising Stars Camp for four years in Chapel Hill. In 2011, she helped coordinate and organize schedules and drills for the Nike Lacrosse Camp and, in 2010, she coached with the Phantastix Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Parros attended Strath Haven High School (2005-09) in Rutledge, Pennsylvania, where she set the national records for points (695) and assists (289).
Parros is married to former UNC Track & Field and USA Track & Field sprinter Clayton Parros, who is currently coaches track & field at the University of Mount Olive.Read More
Lexi Cross is in her third year as an assistant coach after joining the ECU women's lacrosse program in August of 2016.
"Lexi has always displayed tremendous energy and passion for the sport of lacrosse," head coach Amanda Barnes Moore said. "I have followed her conference championship and award-winning playing career at James Madison and I know she will bring the same competitive spirit and dedication to this program. She is a tireless recruiter and an excellent tactical defensive coach. I know she will contribute positively to our women's lacrosse program and the East Carolina community."
After helping build the ECU women's lacrosse program during the 2016-17 academic year, Cross primarily worked with the Pirates' defensive unit during the inaugural 2018 season.
Along with her duties as an assistant coach, Cross spent the summer of 2018 playing professionally for the Philadelphia Force of the United Women's Lacrosse League (UWLX). Cross teamed with fellow assistant coach Emily Parros as the pair helped the Force win the league's 2018 title.
Cross arrived in Greenville after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb. There, she served as the team's recruiting and compliance coordinator. She was also responsible for film breakdown and gameday preparation.
During the fall of 2014, Cross served as an intern with the James Madison Strength and Conditioning program where she assisted with all aspects of the training program for football, golf and swimming and diving.
As a three-year starting defender for the Dukes, Cross helped propel JMU into the top 20 nationally and was a team captain as a senior. She earned numerous accolades that season, including preseason Third-Team All-America honors, All-Colonial Athletic Association First-Team recognition, all-region laurels and a spot on the ECAC Division I All-Star First Team.
During her junior year, Cross again was recognized as a first-team all-conference and all-region selection while also garnering CAA All-Tournament Team honors. She was also tabbed the league's Defender of the Week April 14 for her standout performances at conference foes Delaware and Towson.
In addition to her success at the collegiate level, Cross was invited to try out for the 2014 United States National Team in 2014 as well as the United Women's Lacrosse League earlier this year.
Each summer from 2011-14, Cross served as a coach for the M&D club program in Ellicott City, Md. She assisted high school players and their families with college recruiting as well as planning and directing overall team strategy for practices and games.Read More
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