Embry-Riddle Aero Univ - Daytona

Embry-Riddle Athletics
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Division 2 Florida Southeast
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Marissa Giannerini

Marissa Giannerini was selected as the first women's lacrosse head coach in Embry-Riddle Athletics' history in August 2016.

Giannerini spent two seasons as the head coach of the Oglethorpe women's lacrosse program. She inherited a Stormy Petrel team that had been established just two years before her arrival and which had gone 0-16 in 2014. Giannerini inspired a cultural shift in the Stormy Petrel program that resulted in the first postseason accolades in program history, as well as matching the program-high win total this past spring.

While at Oglethorpe, Giannerini coached five Southern Athletic Association All-Conference players, the first such honorees in program history, as well as 12 Academic All-Conference performers. Giannerini's 2015 squad also posted the highest combined GPA of any Oglethorpe team.

Giannerini came to Oglethorpe following a season as an assistant coach at Stevenson in her home state of Maryland. Giannerini helped the Mustangs to their first-ever MAC Commonwealth Conference title and the program's first-ever NCAA postseason appearance. Giannerini worked under US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Kathy Railey, serving as an offensive coordinator, goalkeeper coach and led the draw specialist team.

In her one season at Stevenson, Giannerini coached five All-Conference team selections, two All-Region players, and the Mustangs ended the year ranked 19th in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll.

Prior to her time at Stevenson, Giannerini was an integral part of the Rollins women's lacrosse program, first as a student-athlete and then as a graduate assistant coach with the Tars. Giannerini played for Rollins from 2009-11, becoming one of the most decorated women's lacrosse players in school history. In three seasons, Giannerini scored 154 goals and tallied 27 assists, totaling 181 points for the Tars; her 3.35 goals per game average ranks first all-time at Rollins, while her points and goal totals rank second all-time.

Giannerini was a three-time IWLCA All-American at Rollins, the first All-American in program history, while also earning IWLCA All-Academic honors all three years, as well as being a three-time first team All-South Region selection. Giannerini was a two-time captain under Head Coach Dennis Short, leading the Tars to a 34-12 record over her three seasons.

Following her playing career, Giannerini spent the 2012 season as Rollins' graduate assistant coach, helping the Tars to their first NCAA postseason appearance as the top-seeded team in the South Region. Five Tars were named IWLCA All-Americans during the 2012 season, and the team was recognized as an IWLCA Academic Squad.

Giannerini has also served the sport of women's lacrosse in several other capacities, including a club coach for X-Team, owner and director of Hard Target Lacrosse, LLC, and a color analyst for ESPN3's women's lacrosse coverage.

Giannerini graduated in 2010 from Rollins with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, earning her Master's degree in Human Resources in 2011.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Giannerini is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School where she helped lead the Blazers to a the IAAM Championship in 2001.

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Leah Peppelman

Embry-Riddle Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Marissa Giannerini announced the hiring of Leah Peppelman as the Eagles' assistant coach in June 2018.

Peppelman camed to Embry-Riddle from Reading, Pennsylvania where she was the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at NCAA III Albright College for two seasons. In each of her two seasons at Albright, the Lions finished as a top-three team in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth division and advanced to the MAC Commonwealth semifinals twice. She also helped coach seven All-Conference honorees, as well as the 2017 MAC Rookie of the Year.

Peppelman was also involved in club lacrosse, serving as the Head Girls Coach of the PA Express Club for three seasons and as an assistant coach for Lanco Elite Lacrosse Club from 2014-15.

Prior to going to Albright, Peppelman enjoyed a successful career as a defender at NCAA Division II powerhouse Lock Haven from 2012-16. The Bald Eagles compiled a 59-18 overall record during her four seasons of competition. Lock Haven won back-to-back Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships in 2014 and 2015 and finished as the NCAA II national runner-up in both years. At the conclusion of her senior year, she was selected to participate in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Senior All-Star game.

Peppelman also excelled in the classroom and was named to the Lock Haven Dean's List and Student-Athlete Honor Roll, as well as the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll throughout her collegiate career. She holds two degrees from Lock Haven as she earned her bachelors degree in Sport Administration in 2015 and completed her masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2016.

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