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.