Tagliente Named To University of Maryland Hall of Fame
Oct. 5, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente will be inducted into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame on Friday, in recognition of her success on and off the playing field during one of the most successful student-athlete careers in Terrapin athletics history. Tagliente was a four-time All-American and record-breaking forward for the Maryland program, powering the squad to the 1999 NCAA Championship and three ACC titles.
"It's a tremendous honor," Tagliente said. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of Maryland field hockey, and to play for an incredible coach and leader in Missy Meharg. There was a tremendous amount of talent, charisma and passion in the people that put the Maryland jersey on alongside me for those four years. I am proud and humbled at the same time, and this honor is as much a result of all of them than any individual accomplishment I had on the field.
"The University and the field hockey program will always hold a special place to me, and I am very proud of the successes they have experienced and continue encounter."
Tagliente competed for the Terrapins from 1997-2000, earning All-America honors in each season, one of only two Maryland field hockey players to ever do so. Tagliente also tallied a multitude of additional awards, including the ACC Rookie of the Year laurel and four NFHCA All-Region nods. The Cortland, N.Y., native was equally as successful in the classroom, being named a CoSIDA Academic All-America on three occasions to go along with four NFHCA National Academic Squad appearances.
"Carla was simply an extraordinary student-athlete," said current Maryland head coach Missy Meharg, who also coached Tagliente during her collegiate career. "From the beginning she set goals ... Carla was one of the smartest players I have ever coached. She challenged the staff and her teammates daily. It was an honor to coach and work with Carla during her time at Maryland."
The second-year leader of the Minutewomen paralleled a national team playing career with her tenure as a Terrapin student-athlete, being named the USFHA Athlete of the Year in 1997. Over a seven-year career with the national side, Tagliente participated in the 2002 World Cup while earning silver medals in the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2001 Americas Cup.
Since her playing days have ended, Tagliente has continued to stay involved with the game as a coach, bringing success to each of the programs she worked with along the way. After volunteering with Maryland from 2001-02 Tagliente worked with a trio of Big Ten programs in Iowa (2003-05), Michigan (2006-08) and Northwestern (2009-10). Tagliente is currently in her second season with UMass after leading the squad to Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champion status in her first season.
At UMass, Tagliente has revitalized the Minutewoman offense during her tenure, as the squad is on-pace to out-perform its 2011 season numbers considerably. Through 12 contests this season - including 10 against NFHCA Top-25 opponents - UMass has tallied 29 goals for an average of 2.42 per game. At the same point one year ago, the Minutewomen had only produced 1.17 per game and 14 overall.
Prior to her arrival at Northwestern, Tagliente energized the Hawkeyes' offense and helped the squad nearly double its goal output over her tenure in Iowa. While at Michigan, she also worked primarily with the offense and helped lead the Wolverines to the 2007 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.
Tagliente also restored the Wildcats offense to its previous levels of success in her two seasons 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 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.
Tagliente has also lent her talents as a coach to USA Field Hockey along the way. Over the course of her collegiate coaching career, Tagliente has simultaneously assisted the U.S. National Program as a coach for the Junior W National Camp, U16 and U19 squads.