SUNY Purchase

SUNY Purhcase Panthers Athletics
735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577
Division 3 New York Northeast
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Francesca Levine

Levine enters her seventh year as the Assistant AD and sixth as the head women's lacrosse coach at Purchase.


The 2016 Skyline Conference Coach of the Year and Purchase Athletics Coach of the Year has made her mark on the program. In her four seasons at the helm, the team has gone from winless five years ago to a .500 record in Levine's first spring to a breakout 2015 that included 11 wins and the team's first-ever league semifinal berth to a return trip to the Final Four last spring. Purchase even improved on its seeding in 2016, going from No. 4 two years ago, falling to eventual champion St. Joseph's College-LI, to securing the third seed last spring.


In 2017, Levine was on maternity leave, but helped guide interim head coach Julie Trombetta, as the program reached the Skyline postseason for a third straight season.


Today, her duties at Purchase also include the day-to-day management of the 17 athletic teams, and assisting AD Chris Bisignano in the running of the department.


Prior to joining Purchase, she was the Assistant AD and head women's lacrosse coach at nearby Mercy College. In her previous roles, she was not only the Assistant AD, but also the Senior Women’s Administrator (SWA) . At Mercy, she assisted with compliance and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), while also overseeing academic monitoring and the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. She served as a liaison for financial aid, admissions and academic advising.


Prior to the appointment at Mercy, Levine served the college as a Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) Counselor. In that position, she was the primary advisor and mentor for numerous students, helping them with the transition to college.


A native of nearby Nyack, Levine was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Division I Marist College from 2002-05 as a midfielder. She was a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic selection and two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll member. During her college playing career, the Red Foxes made four MAAC Tournament appearances, earning a spot in the championship game in 2003.


A Dean's List student at Marist, Levine earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2005 and later her MBA from Mercy in 2011. She resides in Nyack with her husband Jordan Levine, who is the associate athletic director and head men's lacrosse coach at Mercy College, and their sons, Jackson and Brodie.

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Rachel Vallarelli

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