Michele, LoManto Named Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coaches
Aug. 29, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Former University of Connecticut standout Whitney Michele and former three-time NCAA National Champion Brianne LoManto have been named assistant coaches for the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team as announced by head coach Angela McMahon on Wednesday. The pair replaces former associate head coach Sarah Albrecht and Eileen Finn. Albrecht was named the head coach at New Hampshire earlier this summer with Finn joining her as the top assistant.
Michele and LoManto's experience will help the Minutewomen who will look to capture their fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship title which would set a new league record. UMass is also looking to make an appearance in its fourth NCAA Tournament over the last five seasons.
In McMahon's tenure as head coach at UMass, the Minutewomen are a combined 36-5 overall and 14-0 in Atlantic 10 play. McMahon's 36-5 record is the best mark in the history of NCAA women's lacrosse for any coach in their first two seasons with a program.
For LoManto, this marks her first job as an assistant coach after having a standout career as a goalie at Northwestern. Her experience in cage will be key as the Minutewomen graduated four-year starting goalie Katie Florence last spring. LoManto was a three-year starting goalie at Northwestern helping the Wildcats to three NCAA National Championships (2009, 2011, 2012) during her time in Evanston. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2011 and 2012 and finished her career with 448 saves which is fourth all-time at Northwestern to go along with a 8.10 goals-against-average.
LoManto has also been active in lacrosse summer camps. This past summer, she served as the Goalie Camp Director for Amonte Sports Lacrosse Camps in both Chicago and Boston where she oversaw and managed all aspects of the program. The native of Miller Place, N.Y., has also worked for the Wildcat Elite Club Camp, the 91 Lacrosse Camp, Long Island Top Guns Camp and Amonte Sports Lacrosse Camps since 2009.
"I'm thrilled to have another Northwestern alum join our staff," said McMahon. "The experience and leadership skills Brianne brings to our staff after winning three National Championships will be invaluable. Our defensive unit will benefit greatly under her tutelage."
Michele joins the Minutewomen after serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at High Point. She was an integral part in the development of the program which began in 2011. That season, she helped guide the Panthers to a 15-4 overall record which is an NCAA record for a first-year program.
In High Point's first two seasons of existence, the Panthers posted a 30-8 record thanks in part to Michele's recruiting experience. Michele worked with an offensive attack that was one of the best in the nation and featured a pair of NLC Players of the Year.
A four-year standout at UConn, Michele played under McMahon for two seasons (2008, 2009) where she was an All-Big East selection, a Big East Academic Scholar-Athlete and a selection to the 2009 IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game.
The East Rochester, N.Y., native has also been active in summer lacrosse camps and in club lacrosse. Since the summer of 2011, Michele has been a coach and assistant program director for the Panther Lacrosse Club which she helped co-found. She has also worked numerous summer camps across the country as an instructor.
"I'm very excited to be working with Whitney again. She did an exceptional job of helping build High Point lacrosse from the ground up, and will be a wonderful role model for our players," said McMahon. "Whitney is an excellent recruiter and will help our program continue to improve with her strong work ethic and knowledge of the game."