Brianna Cronin was named assistant coach of the UMass women's lacrosse team by head coach Angela McMahon in August 2014. The native of Arlington, Mass., joined the Minutewomen after serving the previous two seasons (2013, 2104) as head coach at Franklin Pierce.
Cronin replaced Whitney Michele who accepted a similar position with the University of Michigan.
"I am thrilled to have Brianna Cronin as part of our staff. She brings a unique and inspiring coaching and playing experience that will is extremely beneficial to our staff and our student-athletes," said McMahon. "Her work ethic and ability to motivate is exceptional, and I am looking forward to coaching alongside of her."
For the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, Cronin was the head coach at Franklin Pierce University as the first dedicated head coach in program history.
Prior to Franklin Pierce, Cronin was an assistant coach for the women's lacrosse program at Oberlin College in 2012-13.
The year before, she spent a season serving as the head coach at her high school alma mater, Arlington High School, where she guided the Spy Ponders to 12 wins (after just two the previous year) and a post-season appearance.
Beyond her coaching experience, Cronin boasts an extensive background contributing to clinics and instructional camps. She has spent several years coaching at lacrosse camps hosted by Johns Hopkins University, her alma mater. In addition, she has operated clinics for youth lacrosse programs and served as the head coach for the Metro Boston squad at the Bay State Games.
Cronin was a four-year letterwinner at Johns Hopkins, where she patrolled the midfield and played in every game from the start of her sophomore season through the end of her career, after missing the second half of her freshman campaign with a knee injury. Though she earned a starting role as a senior, arguably her best season came as a sophomore in 2009, when she poured in 17 goals while playing primarily as a reserve. In all, over 59 career games, including 24 starts, she tallied 47-2-49 with 51 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. She was selected to the American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honor Roll during her junior year. Cronin was a two-time captain for the Blue Jays.
Cronin graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She is engaged to James Roche who was a former minor league baseball player and standout at Bentley College.
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