University of Tampa

401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Box 1 Tampa, FL 33624
Division 2 Florida Southeast
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Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher is in her seventh season as the head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Tampa. She was chosen as the program's first coach, being named to the position on Oct. 9, 2012.


Gallagher brings a total of 20 years of lacrosse experience, including coaching stints with Limestone College (2011-12) and NCAA Division I Detroit-Mercy (2008-11).


In her sixth season as head coach at the University of Tampa, Kelly Gallagher led her team to a season of several firsts. Her team won a program-best 14 games as it finished 14-4 on the 2019 season. She also led her team to the top 5 national rankings for the first time ever, climbing as high as No. 3 (5/3/19). With a 5-1 Sunshine State Conference record, she led her Spartans to capture their first-ever SSC tournament championship, taking down No. 3 Rollins and No. 5 Florida Southern along the way. She was honored as the 2019 SSC Coach of the Year, her second consecutive season receiving this honor. Additionally, for the first time in program history, two of her Spartans, Claire Swanson '20 and Carly Vaccaro '20 recieved IWLCA All-America honors, while Swanson was also named conference player of the year. The Spartans 2019 campaign came to an end when they were defeated in the NCAA tournament, the program's first appearance, by the No. 10 Queens Royals. The Spartans finished the season ranked No. 7 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.


Under her advisory, in 2018, the Spartans finished the season ranked No. 19 with an overall record of 12-6. In the historical season, UT opened competition defeating the No. 11 ranked Rollins College Tars by a final score of 10-6. This marked the first time in program history that the Spartans beat a ranked opponent. The firsts continued as the season progressed and Tampa battled into the national rankings, climbing as high as No. 15 (3/19/18). When conference accolades were announced, Gallagher was named the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year, while one of her players, Bridget Sutter, snagged Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year. The Spartans ended their historic season advancing to the Sunshine State Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament for the third time in program history after finishing third in regular-season play.


Her Spartans ranked among NCAA leaders in draw controls in each of her first two seasons, leading the nation in the category in the first year of existence.


She guided Tampa to a successful inaugural season in 2014, matching up against five nationally-ranked opponents. After guiding the program to its first victory in an 11-9 win over Newberry on March 4, Gallagher led her Spartans to four consecutive victories to conclude the month of March as the Spartans also won five of their final eight games of the 2014 campaign.


As the top assistant at Limestone, Gallagher helped the Saints to a 17-2 record in 2012. While advancing to the NCAA tournament, Limestone had three IWCLA All-Americans. The Saints posted the top win-loss percentage in NCAA Division II, and also had five players in the national top-five among statistical rankings.


Hired as the first assistant coach in Detroit women’s lacrosse history, which began play in 2009 as the first such program in the State of Michigan, Gallagher was directly responsible for recruiting nationwide as well as handling the scheduling of practices and games. She also handled training of the team’s goalkeepers and scouting of both UDM’s players and their opponents.


Among Detroit-Mercy’s accomplishments during her tenure was a runner-up finish in the National Lacrosse Conference in 2009 and a semifinalist appearance the following season. The Titans also had nine players named to the NLC All-Conference Team, six All-Tournament selections and the 2009 NLC Attack Player of the Year.


Prior to her time at UDM, Gallagher was an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College from 2006-08. Joining the coaching staff in September of 2006, she helped the team to a 9-7 overall record in 2007 before the Mules posted a solid 11-5 record the following season. While with the Division III institution she was responsible for the development of the goalkeepers, recruitment efforts, the planning of practice and development of offensive sets.


Muhlenberg posted a record of 20-12 over those two years and qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2008 for the first time in program history. That season, the Mules also posted a team-record 11 wins and had a non-conference wins streak of 22 games through that campaign. They also placed five players on the All-Centennial Conference Team and had a North-South All-Star selection.


In addition to her college coaching experience, Gallagher also gained valuable international experience as she served as an assistant coach with the Haundenosaunee Under-19 World Team at the 2011World Cup in Hanover, Germany. In that role, she helped to develop and prepare the goalkeepers, plan team camps and practices and develop offensive and defensive strategies.


As a player, Gallagher competed for Washington College in Chestertown, Md. from 2003-06. While there, she helped lead the Shorewomen to a runner-up finish in the 2003 ECAC Regional Lacrosse Championship. She started at attack for two seasons and was voted team captain as a senior by her teammates.


A 2006 graduate of Washington College, Gallagher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history and a minor in political science.

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Caili Guilday

Caili Guilday is in her second season at UT after being hired as the top assistant in the fall of 2018. Caili serves as the defensive coordinator and goalie coach for the Spartans.


In her first season as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa, Caili Guilday helped lead the Spartans to several firsts. The squad won a program-best 14 games as it finished 14-4 on the 2019 season. The squad also received a top 5 national ranking for the first time ever, climbing as high as No. 3 (5/3/19). With a 5-1 Sunshine State Conference record, she helped lead the Spartans to capture their first-ever SSC tournament championship, taking down No. 3 Rollins and No. 5 Florida Southern along the way. Additionally, for the first time in program history, two of her Spartans, Claire Swanson '20 and Carly Vaccaro '20 received IWLCA All-America honors, while Swanson was also named conference player of the year. The Spartans 2019 campaign came to an end when they were defeated in the NCAA tournament, the program's first appearance, by the No. 10 Queens Royals. The Spartans finished the season ranked No. 7 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.


Guilday, a former women's lacrosse player at the University of Tampa graduated in December of 2016. Since graduating from UT, she has coached lacrosse at the various levels from youth to college. Most recently, she acted as the Interim Head Coach at Millersville University where she had previously assisted. Her primary responsibilities at Millersville included being the Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach for the Marauders. However, she additionally acted as a team trainer, operations personnel, and recruiting coordinator.


In addition to her role at Millersville University, Guilday also was influential in helping grow the sport of women's lacrosse through NXT Lacrosse Club. At NXT Lacrosse she served as the camp director and in 2017 was named NXT Coach of the Year.


As a student-athlete, Guilday was the starting goalkeeper and two-time team captain for an upstart Division I Stetson University program. She then transferred to Tampa where she played the 2015-16 season, earning All-Sunshine State Conference while setting Tampa's single-season record for saves and ground balls. At Stetson, Guilday was named All-Atlantic Sun in 2014 while leading Division I in saves, saves per game and ground balls per game. She was named the league's defensive player of the week three times in her career. Guilday also received the league's all-academic honors. In 2015-16, as a member of Tampa, she served as chair of the Team IMPACT Leadership Team.


Originally from Wallingford, Pennsylvania Guilday is excited to be back in Tampa and contribute to a program that she experienced first hand.

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Dina Cifelli

Dina Cifelli is in her second season at UT after being hired as an assistant in the fall of 2018. Dina assists in running the Spartan's offense along with acting as the primary draw coach.


In her first season as an assistant coach at the University of Tampa, Dina Cifelli helped lead the Spartans to several firsts. The squad won a program-best 14 games as it finished 14-4 on the 2019 season. The squad also received a top 5 national ranking for the first time ever, climbing as high as No. 3 (5/3/19). With a 5-1 Sunshine State Conference record, she helped lead the Spartans to capture their first-ever SSC tournament championship, taking down No. 3 Rollins and No. 5 Florida Southern along the way. Additionally, for the first time in program history, two of her Spartans, Claire Swanson '20 and Carly Vaccaro '20 received IWLCA All-America honors, while Swanson was also named conference player of the year. The Spartans 2019 campaign came to an end when they were defeated in the NCAA tournament, the program's first appearance, by the No. 10 Queens Royals. The Spartans finished the season ranked No. 7 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.


Cifelli, joined the Spartans after a brief coaching stint as an assistant at Holy Family University. Prior to her coaching career, Cifelli played women's lacrosse at West Chester University where she accumulated numerous accolades for the Rams. Aa senior she served as team captain and earned All-PSAC first team honors. In addition, she earned regional recognition for the first time after being named to IWLCA All-South Region third team. Cifelli finished her playing career as West Chester's all-time assist leader as well as the PSAC. She finished her career third all-time in Division II history with 222 assists.


Before coaching at the collegiate level, Cifelli coached club at Garden State Elite for six years. At Garden State Elite, she specialized in draws and offense. Additionally, she was one of the club's main contacts for college coaches in order to help girls get recruited.


Originally from Robbinsville, New Jersey, in addition to assisting the Spartans this season, Cifelli is pursuing a masters of science in exercise and nutrition science.

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