Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/10/15
From Press Release
First-year Wagner head women’s lacrosse coach Katie Rowan has finalized her staff with the announcement that current assistant coach Katrina Martinelli (Moorestown) will be given the additional duties of recruiting coordinator, Leah Gallagher (Radnor) has been hired as an assistant coach, and Rachel Vallarelli will join the program as a volunteer coach.
The Seahawks, who have reached the Northeast Conference (NEC) championship game each of the past two years, will have four former top Division I players to mentor them in 2016. Rowan was a former three-time All-American at Syracuse and a member of the 2009 and 2013 USA World Cup gold medalist teams.
“I am extremely pleased with our well-rounded coaching staff and we all look forward to getting started this fall!,” Rowan said.
Martinelli was a standout at Rutgers who earned Second-Team All-Big East honors before capping her outstanding collegiate career in 2014 by being selected to the prestigious IWLCA North-South All-Star Team where she competed on the North squad. In addition to her coaching duties, Martinelli is pursuing an MBA here at Wagner.
“I am thrilled that Katrina Martinelli will be returning to our program as assistant coach and that she will be taking on a new role as recruiting coordinator,” said Rowan. “Katrina’s enthusiasm for the program is inspiring and she will be essential to this team’s success. Katrina already has great rapport with the team members, has an extensive lacrosse background, and is a great teacher of the game. She has worked relentlessly this summer recruiting for the future and stabilizing the program during transition.”
Gallagher was a dominant defender at Notre Dame, a perennially nationally-ranked program that competes in the ACC, the nation’s most competitive women’s lacrosse conference that placed three teams in the 2015 Final Four. As a senior in 2015, Gallagher started in all 20 games for the Fighting Irish while serving as a team captain. In addition to her coaching duties, Gallagher is pursuing an MBA here at Wagner.
“I am excited to welcome Leah Gallagher to the Wagner women’s lacrosse program as assistant coach,” said Rowan. “Leah had a stellar collegiate playing career and brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership, and high-level experience to our defense. Leah’s passion and positive energy are contagious, making her a welcomed addition to our team.”
Vallarelli, meanwhile, was one of the nation’s top goalies throughout her career at UMass. The Hartsdale, NY native is fresh off an historic season senior season in 2015 where she led the Minutemen to a 19-2 overall record as the nation’s No. 1 ranked goalie. In addition to her coaching duties, Vallarelli is pursuing an MBA here at Wagner.
“We are fortunate to have Rachel Vallarelli join our program as volunteer assistant coach,” Rowan said. “As one of the top goalies in the country this past season, Rachel brings a strong playing experience to Wagner. Rachel’s love for the game is unmatched and our players, and goalies in particular, will benefit greatly from her guidance.”