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Valentino to Take Over Ohio Lacrosse Program

Contact: Derek Scott

7/15/2005


Valentino becomes the fifth coach in the program's history.

ATHENS, Ohio - Allison Valentino has been named head coach of the Ohio University women’s lacrosse team, announced Interim Director of Athletics Amy Dean today. Valentino, who comes to Ohio from an assistant coaching position at the University of Maryland, is the fifth head coach in the program’s history and the third since women’s lacrosse was returned to varsity status in 1999.

“I am truly honored to be named head women’s lacrosse coach at Ohio,” Valentino said. “This presents a terrific opportunity and I look forward to working with Kirby Hocutt and the rest of the administration. One of the things that attracted me to the position was the emphasis on and commitment to the entire athletics program at Ohio University. I can’t wait to get started and I am anxious to meet my team and start working with them.”

While with the Terrapins, Valentino served as the primary recruiting coordinator, while working extensively with the offense and goalies. Maryland achieved a national ranking of seventh in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and landed three players on the IWLCA All-American team.

Valentino spent six seasons at Duke University, first as assistant and then associate head coach, prior to her experience at Maryland. At Duke, Valentino helped build the Blue Devils program into one of the elite in the country. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of her six seasons, including three straight quarterfinal appearances and a trip to the National Semifinals in 1999. Twelve Duke players were named IWLCA All-Americans during her tenure, as well as 19 All-ACC selections.

In addition to being involved with all aspects of the program, Valentino was also Duke's primary recruiting coordinator. She helped land some of the top classes in the nation, including the 2003 class which included four members off the USA Under-19 team and was ranked second in the nation by Inside Lacrosse.

"I am very excited to announce the addition of Allison Valentino to the Ohio Athletics staff,” Dean said. “She has been an integral part of the success of two of collegiate lacrosse's powerhouse programs, Duke and Maryland, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the academic success of the student-athlete. We fully expect Coach Valentino to have an immediate impact upon the success of the Ohio Lacrosse program within the American Lacrosse Conference and at the national level."

As a student-athlete, Valentino was a two-time All-CAA selection at Loyola College in Baltimore and earned IWLCA All-America accolades in 1996 and 1997. She led the Greyhounds to three NCAA Tournament Final Fours and a spot in the 1997 national championship match. Valentino played on the Loyola team that earned the No. 1 ranking and won a school-record 16 matches in 1994. She finished her career with 71 goals and 49 assists for 120 points.

A native of Fulton, Md., Valentino earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's in clinical psychology at Loyola.