|Manhattan Tabs Victoria Latino As Head Coach|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College has named Victoria Latino as head women's lacrosse coach as announced by Director of Athletics Robert Byrnes on Monday. A familiar face to the program after an outstanding four-year playing career with the Lady Jaspers, the Westwood, N.J. native brings a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience to Riverdale.
"Victoria got a bit of a late start but has made up ground quickly," Robert Byrnes said. "As a former player, she brings pride, hard work and tremendous team commitment to the program. I'm extremely confident in her abilities and have high hopes for the future of women's lacrosse here at Manhattan College."
Latino comes to Manhattan from the Tri-State Lacrosse Club in Hightstown, N.J., where she served as a Head Coach and Camps and Clinics Director in 2009 and 2010. Her responsibilities included instructing numerous summer travel All-Star lacrosse teams and assisting with the creation and setup of coaching and skill clinics throughout New Jersey.
Along with her club experience, Latino has also worked in the high school ranks. For the past two years, she has held the position of assistant varsity coach at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Known for tremendous leadership skills and strong defensive play during her time with the Green and White, Latino was a constant figure in the lineup for Manhattan. A two-year starter, she played in 32-consecutive games during her junior and senior seasons. In 2005, she was an integral member of a Jaspers squad that won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Championships.
"I would like to thank Mr. Byrnes and the entire Manhattan College Community for giving me such an amazing opportunity," Latino said. "To be able to come back to Manhattan and coach on the same field where I played is such an unbelievable honor."
Joining Latino as an assistant coach is another decorated former player, Alicia Psillos. One of the premier offensive players in the program's history, Psillos garnered both First Team All-MAAC and Second Team All-MAAC honors during her tenure with the team. She currently ranks second all-time in both points (187) and goals (119).
Manhattan College opens the season on Feb. 16, with a road contest against Stony Brook University. First draw is set for 3 p.m.