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Mt. Aloysius Names Head Coach for Women’s Lacrosse

Posted on: June 11, 2018

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MAC Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Danielle O’Leary

Cresson, Pa.─ Mount Aloysius College Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jane Grassadonia has announced that Danielle O’Leary has been named the Head Coach of the College’s first –ever Mount Aloysius Women’s Lacrosse program.

O’Leary joins Mount Aloysius from Hollins University, Roanoke Va. where she was the head lacrosse coach for the past six years.  O’Leary ran all facets of the Lacrosse program at Hollins including recruiting, scouting and game management.  O’Leary’s holistic approach to collegiate-level coaching fits in well with the Mount Aloysius coaching philosophy; her lacrosse teams performed well both on the field and in the class room.  Twice O’Leary’s teams were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association Honor Squad for having a complete team GPA over 3.0.

 While at Hollins, O’Leary also served as the Senior Woman Administrator; a role that she will continue at Mount Aloysius. She was the chairperson for the school’s Chi Alpha Sigma Athletics Honor Society, which saw a 50 percent increase in inductees during her tenure. O’Leary also spent one year coaching Valley Select Lacrosse, a Roanoke area travel lacrosse team.

A 2010 graduate of New England College, O’Leary was a two sport performer for the Pilgrims. She was a defensive standout for their women’s lacrosse team, starting in 61 of her teams 66 games during her four-year career.   Along with her lacrosse career, O’Leary also was a four- year member and regular contributor of the Women’s Hockey team at NEC.  As a senior, O’Leary was recognized for her contributions on the athletic field and in the classroom.  She was team captain for lacrosse and was named the 2010 New England College Female Student Athlete of the Year.

O’Leary holds a Bachelor’s degree from New England College and a Master’s degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., both in Physical Education.

Looking forward to serving as the Inaugural Coach of the Mount Aloysius Women’s Lacrosse Team, O’Leary said, “I want to thank Dr. Jane Grassadonia and Director of Athletics, Ryan Smith for this opportunity.  I am excited to be a member of the Mount Aloysius College community and want to start contributing to the mission and goals of the Athletics Department and College. Starting a lacrosse program in its inaugural year has been a dream of mine; I’m eager to begin recruiting and building a successful Mounties lacrosse program.”

Mount Aloysius College is spending the summer months revamping its soccer pitch to accommodate the new sport.  The work will include turfing the entire field, adding lighting and installing stands.  Women’s Lacrosse is the 15th NCAA Division III sport featured at the Cresson-based College.  In addition to lacrosse, Mount Aloysius student-athletes also compete in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross-country, golf and tennis.  Other sports include women’s bowling, softball and volleyball.  

The Mount Aloysius Mounties compete in the Allegheny. Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) which includes  La Roche College – Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pennsylvania State University at Erie; the Behrend College – Erie, Pa.;  University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – Bradford, Pa.; University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg – Greensburg, Pa.; Pennsylvania State University at Altoona – Altoona, Pa.; Hilbert College – Hamburg, N.Y.; Medaille College – Buffalo, N.Y.; Mount Aloysius College; Franciscan University – Steubenville, OH; and D’Youville College – Buffalo, N.Y. 

Mount Aloysius College was recently named one of 100 Best Value College’s in the US.  They are also a College of Distinction, A Pennsylvania College of Distinction and three separate academic areas of Mount Aloysius—Business, Education and Nursing—have also earned College of Distinction status.  Mount Aloysius was named one of four colleges deemed “an engine of opportunity” in a White House Report.  Their Nursing Division is ranked sixth in Pennsylvania for NCLEX pass rates among nursing programs that test more than 85 students annually.

For more information about Mount Aloysius College contact the Admissions Office at admissions@mtaloy.edu or call them at 886-886-6383.

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