Lacey Lister took over the reins of the Washington College softball program in January 2009 and, since then, has built the program into an annual contender for the Centennial Conference Championship.
In the spring of 2011, Lister was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year for softball, guiding the Shorewomen to a school-record tying 21 wins and the second seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament, their second-ever postseason berth. A year later, she repeated a number of those feats, earning Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honors for softball for the second year in a row, again tying the single-season school record of 21 wins, and again earning the two seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament. This time, however, the Shorewomen recorded their first two tournament wins and reached the championship game for the first time.
The 2013 season brought Lister and her Shorewomen their first-ever Centennial Conference Championship in their third straight conference tournament appearance. The Shorewomen made their NCAA Division III Tournament debut that spring and became the first Washington College women's team to ever win an NCAA Tournament game. In 2014, the Shorewomen made their fourth consecutive trip to the Centennial Conference Tournament and received its first-ever national ranking.
In 2016, the Shorewomen earned the top seed and hosting rights for the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time, qualifying for the postseason for the fifth time in six years. Lister was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the third time. The following season, the Shorewomen posted their best-ever Centennial Conference record at 13-3 and returned to the conference tournament for the sixth time in her tenure.
Lister also served as Washington College's head volleyball coach for the 2009-2012 seasons. In 2011, she coached the volleyball team to its first winning season since 1993 and in 2012 she guided Washington to its first win over Gettysburg since 1977.
A four-time Division III All-American, Lister was no stranger to the Eastern Shore as she hails from nearby Denton and attended North Caroline High School before traveling down the shore to play and coach at Salisbury University.
A stand-out two-sport athlete at North Caroline, Lister excelled in both volleyball and softball. At Salisbury, she chose to focus on softball and turned in one of the most outstanding pitching careers in Division III history. Lister was a four-time All-American, including a first-team selection her senior year. She was also a four-time first-team All-Region and four-time first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) selection, a three-time CAC Player of the Year, and a three-time team Most Valuable Player. She recorded 1,096 career strikeouts and 108 career victories - both of those stand as the fourth-highest totals in NCAA Division III history. During her player career, the Sea Gulls played in four NCAA Division III Tournaments and won four CAC Championships.
Between two games of a Salisbury double-header on April 25th, 2007, Lister's jersey was retired, making her just the fifth person in the history of her university to be so honored. Coincidentally, the Sea Gulls' opponent that day was Washington College. In 2015, Lister was named to the CAC's Silver Anniversary Team as one of the top softball players in the conference's history. The following year, she was inducted into the Maryland State Softball Hall of Fame.
Following her playing career, Lister remained at Salisbury for two years as an assistant softball coach to head coach Margie Knight, who also serves as Salisbury's head volleyball coach. Her duties included managing fall practices, developing pitching workouts and supervising pitchers, and recruiting. Since 2002, Lister has also worked as a private pitching instructor, teaching proper pitching techniques through individualized lessons in one-on-one and small-group settings. In September 2008, she also began working as an assistant coach for the Severna Park Hornets travel softball team.
Throughout her days playing for and working under Coach Knight, Lister maintained close contact with the sport of volleyball and aided the Salisbury volleyball program in an unofficial capacity.
Lister received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Salisbury University in December 2006 and also completed a minor is Psychology as an undergraduate. She received an M.Ed. in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury in December 2008.