Wallace comes to the Lobos from Bryant University where she was the head softball coach for 13 seasons (August 2000 to May 2013) and helped the Bulldog program make the transition from Division II to Division I in 2008.
"Lisa-Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to this program," Beach said. "She's a high-energy coach who brings great intensity to the coaching staff."
Having previously been a head coach, Wallace will be able to mentor every position on the field but will be primarily responsible for the outfield and will assist in hitting and slapping. Wallace will also coordinate team travel and be in charge of the Lobos' On Deck Circle booster club.
"We are so lucky to have such a qualified coach joining our staff," Beach said. "She's a great fit for us both personally and professionally. The University of New Mexico and Lobo softball will both be better for having Lisa-Ann Wallace in our ranks."
Wallace's coaching career began in September 1995 when she was hired as the head coach at Fitchburg State University. During her time there, she led the Falcons to a program-best 21 wins in a single season in 1998. That same year Wallace was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Coach of the Year. In 2000, her last season there, she boasted the highest winning percentage of any college softball team In New England among Division I, II and III with an .800 winning percentage.
Coming off of being Fitchburg's most winningest softball coach in history, Wallace started her 13-year head coach stint at Bryant University in August of 2000. She also served as the Fitness Director and Group Exercise Coordinator for the university from the first eight years of her time with the Bulldogs.
While Bryant was still classified as a Division II program, Coach Wallace led her team to the first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship in Bulldog softball history in 2005. The Bulldogs became back-to-back conference champs in 2006. While at Bryant, she also led the squad to six post-season berths, including five-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
Under Wallace, Bryant softball was successfully transitioned to a Division I program in 2008. Her time spent with the Bulldogs from that point produced three years of the highest grade point average among all the sports on campus along with 12 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic All-Americans.
Wallace's knowledge of the game and what is expected comes both from being a coach and a three-sport collegiate athlete. Having attended Westfield State College (1983-87) she played softball, basketball and volleyball. She received an All-Conference nod in softball and also was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Tournament team in 1987. The Colorado Silver Bullets Professional Baseball Team, an all-female squad that played against men's all-star amateur and semi-pro teams in the U.S. during the mid-1990s, selected Wallace to participate in spring training in 1994. She was one of 39 invited to participate.
Coach Wallace received her bachelor of science from Westfield State College in physical education in May 1987.