At Coastal Carolina, Kaestner helped start a new Division I program from the beginning as an assistant, which had its first varsity season in 2013. A team consisted mainly of freshman, she helped guide the offense to 159 goals and finished the season with 221 points. Four Chants scored more than 20 goals, and three eclipsed the 30-point mark. Additionally, three players received the Big South's Freshman of the Week award throughout the season for their offensive performances. Last season, the offensive output increased to 171 goals, scoring 10.05 goals per game with 26 underclassmen on the roster. Two members were named all-conference players, while seven players collected double-digit point totals in 2014.
"Christie's passion and dedication to lacrosse is very impressive and I can't wait for her to start working with our student-athletes," Venechanos said. "Her decorated playing career and her coaching experiences so far will benefit the continued growth of our program."
A native of Trappe, Md., Kaestner was a standout player at Duke where she tallied multiple awards and records. As a senior in 2011, Kaestner earned first team All-American and first team All-ACC honors as she led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Semifinals. She also was named to the IWLCA All-South Region team in both 2010 and 2011. Kaestner finished her Blue Devil career with 93 goals and 98 assists to rank ninth all-time in the Duke record book with 191 points. During her senior campaign, Kaestner set the Duke single-season assists record with 47 on her way to ranking second all-time with 98.
Kaestner, a three-time member of the ACC Honor Roll, graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, as well as a Markets and Management certificate.