Tagliente Named Field Hockey Head Coach
Jan. 7, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon announced on Friday that Carla Tagliente has been named UMass field hockey head coach. A highly-decorated player and coach, Tagliente comes to UMass from Northwestern, where she served as Associate Head Coach the last two years, in addition to being named USA Field Hockey U-19 Head Coach for 2011.
"We are extremely pleased that Carla will be joining us at UMass," McCutcheon said. "She brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate, national, and international levels, and we feel every confidence that she will continue to build upon our recent success."
Tagliente (pronounced TAG-lee-en-tay) replaces Justine Sowry, who, after four years at UMass, was named head coach at Louisville on Dec. 16.
"I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity," Tagliente said. "There is a tremendous amount of energy and support surrounding the University and the field hockey program. Justine did an outstanding job returning UMass to the national stage, and I look forward to continuing on with that success and establishing a tradition and culture of excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in the community."
No stranger to elite-level field hockey, Tagliente comes to UMass after coaching for eight years in the Big Ten Conference. Prior to being 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 as Tracey Fuchs' top assistant was a huge success as the Wildcats posted their highest win total (12) since the 1995 campaign and Tagliente mentored an NU offense that improved from an average per-game scoring margin of -1.1 in 2008 to +1.15 in 2009.
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 them nearly double their goal output over her brief 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 has 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 National Team, playing in 78 international games and 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 US 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, '99, 2000) and earned 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 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, 2000, '01), 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 summa cum laude 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. She is currently enrolled in Michigan's Ross School of Business, where she is working toward an MBA degree.
What they are saying...
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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. I very much look forward to working with her."
"I am very excited for the UMass field hockey. As a world-class player, Carla Tagliente brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and coaching experience to the program."
"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."