Field Hockey


  Carla Tagliente
Carla  Tagliente

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Maryland '01


Eleven Minutewomen Honored On 2014-15 NFHCA Academic Squad

UMass field hockey posted a 3.32 cumulative GPA


Prince, Widdall Complete Team USA Test Set With Argentina

Former Minutewomen help spur U.S. side to victory in final game of four-contest series


Delario, U.S. U-21 Team Sweep Four-Game Series With Canada

UMass sophomore forward contributes to impressive offensive showing


Minutewoman Trio In Midst Of U.S. National Program Competition

Izzie Delario, Melanie Kreusch and Carla Tagliente partake in under-19 and under-21 action


UMass Field Hockey 2014 Season-In-Review

Minutewomen reached A-10 Championship Game for third consecutive season


Carla Tagliente and Nicole Cordero discuss the 10-1 victory over Vermont.

UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente and senior forward Nicole Cordero discuss aspects of the 10-1 victory over Vermont at Garber Field on Friday afternoon. Cordero finished the day with two goals, including the eventual game-winner.


UMass head coach Carla Tagliente talks about the upcoming schedule.

UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente talks about the upcoming contests at home against Vermont and #21 Albany while touching on the focus of recent practices.


UMass field hockey discusses its great start and upcoming slate.

Head coach Carla Tagliente and senior midfielder Kim Young discuss the field hockey team's successful start to the season and preview what the squad hopes to accomplish against Maryland and American.


FH vs. California

FH vs. California Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH vs. MAINE Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH VS. UNH Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH VS. LOWELL Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH vs. RIDER (NCAA PLAY-IN) Photos by Thom Kendall '93

Photo Gallery: Field Hockey Head Coach Carla Tagliente

Former United States Field Hockey standout Carla Tagliente was introduced as the seventh head coach in the history of the University of Massachusetts field hockey program on Jan. 7, 2010. A highly-decorated student and teacher of the game, Tagliente finished her fourth year at the helm of the Minutewomen in 2014. Over the previous three years alone, Tagliente guided the Minutewomen to 45 victories, the sixth-most among all NCAA Division I field hockey programs in that span, for an average of 15 wins per seasons. In that span, Tagliente was awarded the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors twice each.

The Minutewomen had one of their most successful campaigns in program history during 2013. UMass finished 19-5 overall and reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals as it recorded its most wins in a single season since the 2000 squad also captured 19. Under Tagliente's tutelage, Massachusetts won its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship to earn the berth into the national postseason.

Despite graduating nearly 70 percent of its scoring from 2012, the Minutewomen still led the Atlantic 10 in offense with 3.38 goals per game, spearheaded by A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Brooke Sabia. In addition to Sabia being named the top attacking player in the conference, Lauren Allymohamed took home the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel for the second straight season while Charlotte Verelst was named the best rookie.

Tagliente, a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee, returned the Minutewomen to the NCAA Tournament during her second year as head coach as the squad earned a 15-9 overall record and 6-1 conference mark while securing a 10-game win streak in 2012. Due to Tagliente's offensive knowledge of the game, UMass tallied 2.96 goals per contest, a +1.4 margin from the 2011 output. The Minutewomen matched their offensive success in the defensive zone, only allowing 1.75 tallies to each opponent on average after giving up 2.06 per game the season before.

During the 2012 campaign, a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 1 nationally-ranked Syracuse sparked a 10-game win streak for the Minutewomen that culminated in a 5-0 victory against No. 16 Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Title Game and a 2-1 decision in overtime vs. Rider during the NCAA Tournament Play-In contest to complete the span. Thando Zono was named NFHCA First Team All-America following the season while Lauren Allymohamed secured the fourth consecutive A-10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel for the program. In total, Tagliente developed six All-Atlantic 10 Conference award winners, four all-region honorees and two NFHCA Division-I Senior Game participants in her second year in Amherst.

During her inaugural season with the Minutewomen, Tagliente led UMass to a 5-1 record in Atlantic 10 play to secure a tie for the 2011 A-10 Regular Season Championship before advancing the team to the semifinal round of the conference tournament. Additionally, Tagliente produced two NFCHA Division-I Northeast All-Region athletes in Alesha Widdall and Kim Young. Nine Minutewomen were named to the A-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall 2011 semester to highlight the academic success of the program.

No stranger to elite-level field hockey, Tagliente arrived at UMass after coaching for eight years in the Big Ten Conference. Prior to serving as the associate head coach at Northwestern in 2009-10, she was an assistant coach at Michigan from 2006-08 and an assistant at Iowa in 2003-05. Before that, Tagliente was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Maryland, in 2001-02.

Tagliente revitalized the Wildcats offense in her two years at Northwestern. Her first year in Evanston, Ill., as Tracey Fuchs' top assistant was a huge success as the Wildcats posted their highest wins total (12) since the 1995 campaign. Tagliente mentored an NU offense that improved from an average per-game scoring margin of -1.1 in 2008 to +1.15 in 2009, an ability to create a quick turnaround she would later use to benefit the Minutewomen.

Northwestern's offense continued to be a strength for NU in 2010 as Tagliente coached Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and second-team All-American Chelsea Armstrong, who finished with a league-best 24 goals and 60 points. The 2010 Wildcats established themselves as Big Ten contenders, upsetting sixth-ranked and eventual NCAA semifinalist Ohio State on the road in its conference opener and finishing with three league victories, the most for NU since the Big Ten instituted the six-game schedule in 2000.

Prior to her arrival at Northwestern, Tagliente revitalized the Hawkeyes' offense and helped Iowa nearly double its goal output over her tenure. While at Michigan, she also worked primarily with the offense and led the Wolverines to the 2007 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game.

Following a long international playing career, Tagliente stayed involved with the USA Field Hockey program as coach of the illustrious A-Camp and the High Performance Center Midwest Regional Team. In 2004 and 2005, she assisted the U.S. Under-16 Team and traveled on its annual tour of Holland and in 2010 accompanied the U.S. U-19 squad on its four-game competitive tour of Argentina.

Tagliente has earned her Level III coaching accreditation, and in 2010, was named head coach of the USA Field Hockey U-19 Team.

Tagliente competed for seven years on the USA Field Hockey, playing in 78 international games at the highest level while scoring five goals. She helped lead Team USA to silver medals at the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2001 Americas Cup, while also competing in the 2002 World Cup. In her first season with the U.S. National Team in 1997, Tagliente was named USFHA Female Athlete of the Year.

As a player at Maryland, Tagliente was a three-time First-Team NFHCA All-American (1998-2000) and earned a third-team distinction as a freshman in 1997. A two-time finalist for the Honda Broderick Award, Tagliente was a member of the 1999 NCAA National Champion Maryland squad that defeated Michigan in the tournament final and, up until the 2010 season, held the school records for career goals (87) and points (187).

Tagliente was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1999-2001), including a first-team pick in her final two seasons, and was selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad all four years. In 2001, she was awarded with the Atlantic Coast Conference's prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship in addition to graduating Summa Cum Laude.

A native of Cortland, N.Y., Tagliente graduated from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing and delivered the commencement address for Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Tagliente continued her graduate education at the University of Michigan and earned an MBA with high distinction from the Ross School of Business.



Carla Tagliente's Year-By-Year Head Coaching Record
Year W-L Pct. A-10 Pct. Season Notes
2011 7-11 .389 5-1 .833 A-10 Regular Season Co-Champions; A-10 Tournament Semifinals
2012 15-9 .625 6-1 .857 A-10 Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round
2013 19-5 .792 7-0 1.000 A-10 Reg. Season Champs; A-10 Tourney Champs; NCAA Elite Eight
2014 11-10 .524 7-1 .875 A-10 Reg. Season Champs; A-10 Championship Game
Totals 52-35 .598 25-3 .893 2 NCAA Tournament Berths
2 Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles
3 Atlantic 10 Regular Season Titles


Carla Tagliente's Milestone Victories At Massachusetts
1st Win Massachusetts 4, Vermont 2; Aug. 29, 2011
1st A-10 Win Massachusetts 2, Lock Haven 1; Oct. 8, 2011
25th Win As Head Coach Massachusetts 6, UMass-Lowell 0; Sept. 3, 2013
50th Win As Head Coach Massachusetts 3, La Salle 1; Oct. 24, 2014
1st Win vs. Top-25 Team Massachusetts 2, #18 New Hampshire 1 (OT); Aug. 24, 2012
1st Win vs. Top-15 Team Massachusetts 2, #15 Ohio State 1 (OT); Aug. 25, 2012
1st Win vs. Top-10 Team Massachusetts 2, #1 Syracuse 1; Oct. 11, 2012
1st Win vs. No. 1 Team Massachusetts 2, #1 Syracuse 1; Oct. 11, 2012
1st A-10 Tournament Win Massachusetts 5, Temple 2; Nov. 2, 2012
1st A-10 Tournament Title Massachusetts 5, #16 Richmond 0; Nov. 3, 2012
2nd A-10 Tournament Title Massachusetts 2, Richmond 1; Nov. 9, 2013
1st NCAA Tournament Win Massachusetts 2, Rider 1 (OT); Nov. 6, 2012 (Play-In Game)
2nd NCAA Tournament Win Massachusetts 4, #7 Virginia 3 (OT); Nov. 16, 2013 (First Round)


Carla Tagliente's Head Coaching Highlights
Two-time NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year (2012 & 2013)
Two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year (2012 & 2013)
Two Atlantic 10 Tournament Titles (2012 & 2013)
Two NCAA Tournament Appearances (2012 & 2013)
Four NFHCA All-Americans in as many seasons at UMass
Seven Atlantic 10 Players of the Year
14 NFHCA All-Region awardwinners coached
23 Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections
Nine wins over NFHCA Top-20 teams
61 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll Award recipients
43 NFHCA National Academic Squad honorees
52 wins in only three seasons (13.0 per year)


Scoring Average Under Tagliente
Year National Rank Total
2011 Not Ranked* 1.50
2012 14th 2.86
2013 7th 3.22
2014 38th 2.14


Points Per Game Under Tagliente
Year National Rank Total
2011 Not Ranked* 4.44
2012 10th 8.58
2013 5th 9.75
2014 35th 6.19


Scoring Margin Under Tagliente
Year National Rank Total
2011 Not Ranked* -0.48
2012 16th +1.17
2013 9th +1.75
2014 32nd +0.47


Winning Percentage Under Tagliente
Year National Rank Total
2011 Not Ranked* .389
2012 24th .625
2013 4th .792
2014 39th .524

*Only top 50 teams available through NCAA statistics database.

The Tagliente File

• University of Maryland, B.S. in Finance and Marketing (summa cum laude)
• University of Michigan, MBA in Business (high distinction)

Playing Experience
• University of Maryland, 1997-2000
• USA Field Hockey National Team, 1997-2003

Playing Career Honors and Accomplishments
• Team USA World Cup Participant, 2002
• Team USA Americas Cup Silver Medalist, 2001
• Team USA Korea Telecom Cup Participant, 2001
• Team USA Pan American Games Silver Medalist, 1999
• NCAA Tournament Champion, 1999
• Four-time NFHCA All-American, 1997-2000
• Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, 1998-2000
• Four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad, 1997-2000
• Two-time Honda Broderick Award Finalist, 1999-2000
• Four-time NFHCA All-Region Honoree, 1997-2000
• Four-time All-ACC Team, 1997-2000
• Three-time ACC Tournament Champion, 1998-2000
• Two-time ACC All-Tournament Team, 1999-2000
• ACC Tournament MVP, 1999
• USFHA Female Athlete of the Year, 1997
• ACC Rookie of the Year, 1997
• One of only two Maryland players to earn four All-America honors.
• 73 goals and 187 points topped Maryland's record book upon her graduation
• Named one of ACC's Top-50 female athletes of all-time in 2003
• 2012 University of Maryland Hall of Fame inductee
• Currently ranks in the career records top-10 at Maryland in points (2nd), goals (3rd) and assists (8th; 41)

Coaching Experience
• Head Coach, University of Massachusetts, 2011-present
• Head Coach, USA Field Hockey U19 Team, 2011
• Staff Coach, USA Field Hockey U19 Team, 2010
• Associate Head Coach, Northwestern University, 2009-10
• Assistant Coach, University of Michigan, 2006-08
• Assistant Coach, USA Field Hockey U16 Team, 2004-05
• Assistant Coach, University of Iowa, 2003-05
• Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Maryland, 2001-02
• Head Coach, USA Field Hockey High-A Team
• Head Coach, High Performance Center Midwest Regional Team
• Head Coach, High Performance New England/North Regional Team

What they are saying about Carla Tagliente...

"After working alongside Carla at Northwestern, Michigan and on the international level, I have no doubt she is prepared to succeed in her first head coaching position at a championship-caliber program like UMass. I would personally like to thank her for all of her efforts here at Northwestern in helping to redefine and rebuild the foundation of our program. We would not be in the position we are in now without Carla's passion, experience and knowledge and I am forever grateful for what she brought to NU."
-- Tracey Fuchs, Northwestern Head Coach

"I couldn't see a more appropriate fit for both Carla and the University of Massachusetts field hockey program. She is so highly intellectual to her approach in both learning and teaching the game of field hockey. With the history the UMass program has, she is the perfect fit."
-- Missy Meharg, Maryland Head Coach

"Carla is one of the `new breed' of highly respected coaches in the USA Field Hockey Program. Carla Tagliente brings with her not only a highly qualified coaching resume, but a significant component of playing expertise from the international playing arena. Coupling this with Carla's keen desire to be involved with High Performance coach education in the USA, UMass has engaged a visionary coach of superior quality. USA Field Hockey is proud to have Carla Tagliente as the head coach of the High Performance U-19 National Squad. We wish Carla every success in her new venture and appreciate the analytical expertise she brings to the table as a coach in our sporting discipline."
-- Terry Walsh, High Performance Technical Coordinator, USA Field Hockey

"Carla is a great addition to our coaching staff here at UMass. She brings a bright, technical, tactical, and well-respected mind to our field hockey program."
-- The late Elaine Sortino, former UMass Associate Athletic Director/SWA

"UMass is very fortunate to have Carla lead the field hockey program in 2011. I have known Carla for over 10 years both as an international player and a coaching colleague within the USA system. Carla is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the country. The team is in very good hands and I am confident that UMass field hockey will continue to be a force within the Atlantic 10 and across the nation. I wish Carla and the team nothing but the best."
-- Justine Sowry, Former UMass Head Coach (2007-10)


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