Inside HOKIE SPORTS | Vol. 14 No. 4 | February 2022

14 Inside Hokie Sports When Virginia Tech lacrosse fans look down on the sidelines this upcoming season at Thompson Field, they’ll see a bit of an unfamiliar face leading the Hokies out onto the field in first year head coach Kristen Skiera. When Skiera accepted the position as Tech’s seventh head lacrosse coach in June of 2021, she knew exactly what she was getting into. Back to her roots, back to the conference where her lacrosse career flourished as a two-time AllAmerican attacker at Duke, and back to a place that she knew oh so much about. After seven seasons at Army and a 46-40 record, Skiera, along with her husband, Kyle, and their daughter, Caslen, moved down to Blacksburg to call Southwest Virginia home. With both her dad and brother being proud Virginia Tech alums, Skiera was certainly no stranger to the New River Valley. In a sense, it’s almost like everything has come full circle for the Ellicott City, Maryland native. By Carter Hill