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Chartiers Valley coach Lori Poe receives the Outstanding Coach Award at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior PR Specialist
February 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012)… Today at Chatham University’s 17th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWISD) celebration, Lori Poe, who coaches cross-country, indoor track, and spring track and field at Chartiers Valley, received the Outstanding Coach Award. The award honors a coach who positively affects their school and their athletes’ experiences.

As a runner who competed in high school and on a collegiate level at Ohio State University, Ms. Poe expects hard work from her student athletes — and lettering is earned, not given. Her passion and experience in the sport is shared with the athletes, creating quite a few Chartiers Valley alumni who continue to compete at the college level. She has even created an annual alumni run.

During indoor track season, Ms. Poe spends Saturdays traveling with the team through snow to Edinboro University and Kent State. In the spring, the number of athletes competing on the track and field team continues to grow each year, as does the number of athletes continuing on to States.

In addition to coaching, Ms. Poe has served as a nutritionist to the school’s athletes. She created a label program to inform athletes which foods are beneficial for competition that day, helping them make smart diet choices. She also discusses good nutrition with teams and creates food lists to meet their individual needs.

Outside of the school, Ms. Poe also has served as the president of the Pittsburgh Dietetic Association and as a personal nutritionist for people looking to improve their lifestyles.

Also at Chatham’s celebration, four high school and collegiate female athletes of distinction received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award, named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

This year’s winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award included Francesca Ponziani, a Penn-Trafford sophomore who plays softball; Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford junior who plays basketball and volleyball and runs cross country and track; Alexis M. Concordia, a Shady Side Academy senior who plays field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to being a member of the swim team; and Anna Albi, a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore who plays soccer. Winners are selected by an honorary committee.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV anchor and Action sports reporter, served as Master of Ceremonies, and sports reporter Lacee Collins, who covers the Pirates, Penguins, and high school football for ROOT SPORTS, gave the keynote address.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit

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