La Salle University

La Salle University Athletics
Hayman Center - 1900 West Olney Avenue Philladelphia, PA 19141
Division 1 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Katie Rhodes Abbott

Katie Rhodes, the top assistant coach at Colgate University for the past five seasons, begins her first season as head women's lacrosse coach at La Salle in 2018-19.

During her time in Hamilton, N.Y., Rhodes was instrumental in the growth of the Raiders program. Over her five seasons with the Raiders, Rhodes helped the team to 41 wins and four Patriot League Tournament appearances.

Colgate qualified for a fourth Patriot League tournament in Rhodes' five seasons in 2018, going 10-7 overall. The prior year, Colgate finished with a 6-3 mark in league play to earn the No. 5 seed in the league tournament. Former Patriot League Player of the Year Haley O'Hanlon was named All-League First Team and IWLCA All-Region under Rhodes' guidance.

The 2015 campaign saw Colgate post double-digit wins for the first time since 2009. The Raiders also posted their best Patriot League record in four seasons at 6-2.

Freshman sensation Haley O'Hanlon was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year as she ranked among the league's top 10 in goals, assists and points. O'Hanlon and senior Jenna Frost were both IWLCA All-Region selections, giving the Raiders two all-region picks in the same campaign for the first time since 2011.

Rhodes made her way to Colgate after two years at the University of Detroit Mercy as an assistant coach. She worked directly with goalies and her primary responsibilities were recruiting, scouting reports and film exchange.

Detroit's goalie Lexie McCormick was named 2013 Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year after ranking second in the nation in saves and sixth in the saves per game. The Titans made their first A-Sun championship that year. That year, she tutored five first-team selections and three second-team members.

In her first season, Rhodes helped the Titan improve dramatically from a 3-15 record to an 8-9 mark in 2012, which was a program record for wins in a season. She coached two first team selections and the team reached the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Prior to her coaching career, Rhodes was a Junior College All-Region and All-Conference player for Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y. She then moved on to St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She was a Second Team All-Carolinas Conference selection in 2009.

Following her graduation in 2009, she joined her alma mater's coaching staff as an assistant. She developed out-of-season conditioning programs and helped with practice plans and scouting reports.

She has also worked multiple camps during her coaching career, including All-American Lacrosse Clinics, Texas Outlaws Lacrosse Camp, Grand Valley State Lacrosse Camp, and most recently at Michigan Cyclones and the University of Michigan lacrosse camps.

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Allyson Heavens

Heavens graduated from Penn State in May 2016 with a degree in kinesiology where she was a four year starter for the Nittany Lions and part of one of the most successful classes in the programs recent history. As a senior captain, she helped to lead her team to an NCAA Final Four, while also earning a Big Ten Championship in 2015 as a junior. Heavens further established her leadership role as a member of the Penn State Athletic Directors Leadership Institute.

“Ally left a huge impression on me from the first time I worked with her back in her high school days as a state champion at Garnet Valley and then as a student-athlete at Penn state. Ally is the total package for a young coach; she's smart, eager, a hard worker and fiercely competitive. Ally will not only make an immediate impact on our current players, but she will be a huge asset in recruiting as she will help us attract top caliber student athletes with her personality and coaching style,” head coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. “Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her coaching style is definitely going to bring out the best in our team. She truly is one of the best young coaches out there and I feel very lucky to have her as a member of our La Salle family.”

In addition to her stellar playing career, she has also gained coaching experience at various camps and clubs such as SEPA, PA Express, Villanova and Penn State Lacrosse Camps. Currently she serves as a head coach for the Philly Blast Lacrosse Club in Villanova.

At La Salle, Heavens is the defensive coordinator, manages the midfield lines and draws units. She is also the social media coordinator and a recruiting coordinator.

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Samantha Nolan

The La Salle lacrosse team will welcome Samantha Nolan as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.

Nolan joins the team after a five-year career at UMBC, where she led the Retrievers as captain for two seasons. As a senior, she led her team to an 11-6 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the America East championship. She was twice named First Team All-America East and led the program in career assists, with 73.

"Sam initially left an impression on me as a player for UMBC as she was consistently the top scout for our defense. She had an incredible lax IQ as a player and there was no doubt in my mind that her vision on the field could easily translate into becoming an excellent coach" said head coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell. "Coupled with having played for Amy Slade, who I greatly respect as a player and a coach, I knew she would be prepared for this next phase in her career."

The attacker was twice named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and scored 117 goals in her time playing for the Retrievers. During her career, she scooped up 41 ground balls, won 30 draws and caused 14 turnovers in her 66 game appearances.

"Over the past two years Sam has been a wonderful leader for our program. I am very excited to see her grow her knowledge and passion for the game at La Salle," said UMBC coach Slade. "We wish her the best of luck and we are very proud of her!"

Nolan coached for Integrity Lacrosse Club in Anne Arundel County, Md. for two years to coordinate practices, develop workout plans and assist with recruiting for the 2018 class. The Fallston, Md. product also spent four years assisting with the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, where she facilitated team assignments and managed score keeping for the tournament.

Since 2014, she has coached at the Maryland Women's Lacrosse Summer Camps, running practices for the 2020 class and managing scrimmages.

"After having the opportunity to get to know Sam in the interview process I found her to be mature beyond her years," said Taglianetti Bossell. "It was extremely important to me that we identified someone with a high level of commitment and team-first mentality. There was no doubt she would mesh with Ally, myself and our team. We are so lucky to have her."

Beyond the field, Nolan joins La Salle with experience as a UMBC athletic communications intern, where she worked with social media development, sports production and live streaming for the department's 15 varsity sports. She also interned with UMBC's marketing department to assist with ticket and merchandise sales as well as game day promotions.

"I'm really excited to get started and join both Candace and Ally at a program like La Salle. I'm extremely grateful for them giving me this opportunity to coach and immediately make an impact after graduating," said Nolan. "To be able to continue my passion for lacrosse while learning more about the game from the coaching side gets me really excited for the future."

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Candace Taglianetti Bossell

Candace Taglianetti Bossell enters her tenth season as head coach of the La Salle University Women's Lacrosse program for the 2017-2018 school year.

In her ten seasons on 20th and Olney as the winningest coach in program history, she has coached an Academic All-American, an A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year, an Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, two A-10 Rookies of the Year, eight First Team picks, ten Second Team honorees, 11 All-Rookie selections and 15 Academic All-Conference honorees. Five of her players have qualified for the IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star game. Over her tenure at La Salle, Taglianetti Bossell has compiled a 68-79 record.

The two-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2014, 2010), Taglianetti Bossell is the only coach in La Salle history to guide her team to postseason play, which she did three times in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

During her tenure, her teams have been recognized eight times as an IWLCA Academic Squad. Additionally, she led one of her players (Maddy Collins, 2014) to deliver the commencement speech, just the second student-athlete to give the address in school history. Taglianetti Bossell coached one player (Anastasia Fries, 2015) who graduated top in her academic department.

Her 2017 squad boasted six IWLCA Academic Honor Roll members, one Academic All-Atlantic 10 player, and 16 players received Atlantic 10 Commissioner Honor Roll accolades. The team was also recognized by the IWLCA for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while qualifying for the Atlantic Ten Championships. Two players (Allee Ilgenfritz, Anna Gordon) were selected for the IWLCA North-South All-Star Game. Three Explorers earned weekly A-10 awards during the season.

Taglianetti Bossell earned Coach of the Year accolades in 2014 after guiding the team to 11 wins, including a 5-2 Atlantic 10 record which matched the program best set by the 2010 team. Her senior class posted the best four-year record in program history, notching 35 wins. The 2014 team finished tied for second in the A-10 standings, more than bettering their preseason prediction of sixth. The Explorers captured the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship.

On an individual level, she mentored the 2014 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, two Atlantic 10 First Team honorees, an A-10 Second Team pick and three A-10 All-Rookie selections. Her squads continue to excel in the classroom, evidenced by the two Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference selections in 2014.

Taglianetti Bossell's 2013 squad matched the previous year's win record of 10, while posting the best nonconference record (8-1) in school history. Two players earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference accolades, including a First Team pick (Caitlyn Brostrand) and Second Team honoree (Melanie Sarcinello). Katelyn Fay also earned All-Rookie honors, while two (Brostrand and Sarcinello) added Academic All-Conference accolades.

Her 2012 squad posted a program-record 10 wins and acquired a number of individual accolades. The Philly D-I Lacrosse Co-Coach of the Year mentored three Atlantic 10 All-Conference (Rachel Baker, Megan Corliss, Sarcinello) and two Atlantic 10 All-Rookie (Claire Andrews, Brostrand) picks. A total of nine student-athletes garnered All-Philly D-I honors, including two on the First Team, four on the Second Team and three on the Third Team. Taglianetti Bossell's squad was also earned IWLCA Academic Team status to go along with five individual selections to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll and two Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference picks (Sarcinello, Jackie Roebuck).

During the 2010 season, just her second at the helm, Taglianetti Bossell guided the Explorers to their first-ever berth in the Atlantic 10 tournament, where they earned a No. 2 seed. Named the A-10 Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, Taglianetti Bossell led her squad to a program-record nine victories, including five conference wins. Under her tutelage, Jill Davis was named A-10 Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete of the Year, Megan Corliss became the first Explorer to earn the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year award and Lauren McDermott was recognized as the A-10 Rookie of the Year.

In her first season with the Explorers, Taglianetti Bossell quadrupled the team's wins and led the squad to it’s first-ever win over cross-town rival Temple University. She inherited a program with just one Atlantic 10 win in the previous three seasons to compile four conference wins in 2010.

Taglianetti Bossell comes to La Salle by way of her most recent position held at Notre Dame College (OH). She was hired as the first women's lacrosse coach in college history and helped build and maintain the program since its inception in 2005. Notre Dame ranked in the top ten nationally in several statistical categories and did not lose a home game in 2008. Prior to her position at Notre Dame, Taglianetti Bossell was the interim head field hockey coach and assistant lacrosse coach at Haverford College for two seasons.

A 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University, Taglianetti Bossell had a successful playing career as a two-sport student-athlete, excelling on and off the field. She was a member of a nationally-ranked field hockey and lacrosse program, serving as a team captain for lacrosse her senior season. The scholarship student-athlete was also a scholar athlete award-winner for her academic achievements.

Prior to her collegiate career, she was a two-sport athlete at Haverford High School where she earned All-Tri-County, All-County and All-League honors as a field hockey player. She was also honored as the schools “Merry Tropp Award” winner for an outstanding female athlete who exemplifies a dedicated and committed athlete that captures the spirit of a previous coach who lost her battle with cancer.

Taglianetti Bossell has been on staff at dozens of camps across the country including programs at perennial powerhouse and National Champions, University of Maryland, NCAA Tournament team, Syracuse University with Legendary head coach Gary Gait, Final Four participant Penn State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Loyola University lead by lacrosse legend, Jenn Adams and many others. She will continue to be involved in the development of lacrosse on a national level.

Taglianetti Bossell holds a Master's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Kent State University, and a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in Communication.

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