July 1, 2016
Ivy League gig for Tagliente
PRINCETON, N.J. — Former Marathon Central athletic standout Carla Tagliente has a new college field hockey head coaching gig.
Tagliente was named as the head coach at Princeton University this week, moving on to the Ivy League school after being in charge of the University of Massachusetts’ program.
“I am beyond excited and honored to be the next head field hockey coach at Princeton University. This is truly a special place,” said Cortland native Tagliente. She was an all-state performer at Marathon in field hockey and basketball, capturing state titles for Coach Karen Funk’s Olympians in field hockey.
Tagliente was the head coach for the Minutewomen for the last five seasons, most recently leading UMass to the Atlantic 10 tournament championship and a berth to the NCAA tournament.
Between 2012-15 under Tagliente, UMass captured 57 victories — the sixth-most among all Division I field hockey programs during that period. That stretch included three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, three Atlantic 10 championship titles and 10 victories over nationally ranked foes.
Tagliente compiled a 64-44 overall record at UMass and 30-6 conference mark. She had 53 players named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, 17 NFHCA All-Region players and five All-Americas.
She was awarded A-10 Coach of the Year and National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors twice each.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Tagliente to the Princeton family,” Princeton’s Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux said.
“She has a remarkable track record of success as a student, as an athlete and as a coach, and she is fully committed to achieving our goals of ‘Education through Athletics’ and competitive excellence at the highest level,” Ithaca native Marcoux added. “We’re confident that she is the ideal candidate to lead the highly-successful Tiger field hockey team into the future and to build upon the program’s tremendous history.”
“I am thankful to Mollie Marcoux for having the confidence in me to lead this incredible program,” said Tagliente of her move to the prestigious New Jersey school. “Princeton’s success and commitment to incorporating athletics into its overall core philosophy, and utilizing the athletic experience as an extension of the overall educational mission, is unmatched by any other university, making it a unique place to be a student-athlete.”
Tagliente replaces Kristen Holmes-Winn, who left Princeton to become Vice President of Performance Science and Optimization for WHOOP, Inc. The Tigers finished 11-7 last fall, with a perfect 7-0 mark in Ivy League play.
“Kristen did an outstanding job of leading Princeton to the top of the national field hockey stage,” said Tagliente of the coach she’s replacing. “I look forward to continuing with that success and building on the impressive tradition and culture of excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.”
Tagliente also served as an assistant coach at Northwestern, Michigan and Iowa and was also a volunteer helping out at alma mater Maryland.
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 Maryland’s 1999 NCAA championship team and held the school records for career goals (87) and points (187) until 2010.
While at Maryland, Tagliente spent time with the U.S. national team, eventually 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.
Off the field, Tagliente was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America (1999-2001), including a first-team pick in her final two seasons, and was selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad all four years. She was also picked for the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference’s prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship in addition to graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Tagliente graduated from 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 continued her graduate education at the University of Michigan and earned an MBA with high distinction from the Ross School of Business.
At Marathon Central, the 1997 graduate still holds the career records for points (235) and goals scored (158) and is second in career assists with 77. Tagliente played on the first three Olympians state championship field hockey teams in 1994, ‘95 and ‘96.
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