Lane Errington | @lane_errington
BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse today announced Kim Simons Tortolani as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team. She will lead the team in its quest for a fifth consecutive world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, July 23-August 1, 2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Tortolani is the former Asst. AD at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Md., where she has compiled a record of 84-39 in her nine seasons. In 2013, the Mawrtians completed their eighth consecutive season ranked in the nation’s top 50, and have finished in the top 10 three times. She has coached eight US Lacrosse All-Americans and 20 US Lacrosse Academic All-Americans, and was inducted into the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame in 2005.
Prior to Bryn Mawr, Tortolani coached the Georgetown University women’s team to seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including three final four berths, from 1998-2004, compiling a career record of 113-43 in nine seasons. She earned Big East Coach of the Year and NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and 2002, and in 2001 was named NCAA National Coach of the Year. Tortolani coached 31 national and 41 regional All-Americans, one Tewaaraton winner, six national players of the year and six Team USA members while at Georgetown.
As a player, Tortolani captained Princeton University to an NCAA championship in 1994, and was named All-American and All-Ivy in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She was also a two-time captain and four-time All-Ivy honoree for Princeton’s nationally ranked field hockey team.
“We were overwhelmed and delighted by the depth and talent in the pool of candidates, but Kim's combination of professional accomplishments, leadership style, and personal character make her ideally suited to lead the team into competition in Edinburgh next summer and to carry on the proud tradition of the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team,” said Nathaniel Badder, US Lacrosse director of national teams.
Team USA is the reigning U19 World Champion, having defeated Australia in 2011 under head coach Krystin Porcella. The Americans have won the last four titles, defeating the Aussies in 1999, 2003, and 2007 as well as 2011. Australia won the inaugural title in 1995.
With Tortolani’s selection, US Lacrosse now begins the process of identifying and selecting assistant coaches and support staff for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Team. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline for their submission is Sunday, February 2. Additional information, including full job descriptions and the application, can be found on the U.S. U19 Women’s team homepage.
Tryouts for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team will begin in the spring of 2014. Additional information on player eligibility, tryout format, and selection process can be found on the U.S. U19 Women’s team homepage.
For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit uslacrosse.org/teamusa. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAWLAX.
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