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Longtime Philly HS coach Tornetta named assistant for @DelawareWLax

Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 8/3/17
From Press Release

Blue Hens head coach Kateri Linville excitedly announced Thursday morning the addition of two experienced women’s lacrosse professionals to her coaching staff.

Joe Tornetta (left), Callie Santos

Linville, who will be in her eighth season at her alma mater in 2017-18, welcomes longtime Philly high school coach Joe Tornetta and Callie Santos as assistant coaches for the coming academic campaign. Kalyn McDonough ’12 will remain on staff for the third straight season as the director of player personnel.

“Joe and Callie are winners who have built and been a part of championship cultures,” remarked Linville. “They excel in pressure situations and will teach our team members to do the same. With effort, skill, and sacrifice, Joe and Callie have become distinguished teachers, leaders and mentors. We are thrilled to have them join our staff. Together, we will do the work to take the program to new heights.”

Profiles about each new staff member and quotes can be seen below.

JOE TORNETTA | Assistant Coach | West Chester ‘82 | Phoenixville, Pa. | former coach at Owen J. Roberts, Great Valley
· Responsibilities: Development of defensive unit, coordination of recruiting efforts, game scouting, compliance liaison
· Comes to the Blue Hens with an extensive coaching resume
· Holds 458-116-14 (.791) record over 27-year high school coaching career at Great Valley and OJR
· Led teams to 11 league championships and two District 1 AA state titles
· Seven-time Girl’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year
· Coached 24 All-Americans

“I am excited to work with Kateri. With her experience and successful track record, along with the support of an outstanding administrative team at the University of Delaware, this is a great place for me to continue my coaching career. The vision for UD athletics and the lacrosse program is to build a championship culture and provide the ultimate Division I experience for all of our student-athletes. I am very thankful they believe I can be an asset to the lacrosse team. My mission is to do everything I can to help our staff and team achieve our goals. I look forward to being a part of the Blue Hens family!”

Tornetta led OJR to its third straight Pioneer Athletic Conference championship this year and into the PIAA tournament for the second straight time. He had a 62-11 in his three seasons at OJR.

CALLIE SANTOS | Assistant Coach | UMass ‘17 | Bedford, N.H.
· Responsibilities: Development of offensive unit, game scouting, camp/clinics director, coordination of social media efforts
· Led UMass to an overall record of 74-10 with four Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament as a four-year letter winner from 2014-17
· Tallied 141 points on 101 goals and 40 points with 67 ground balls and 46 draw controls as a three-year starter for the Minutewomen
· 2017 IWLCA All-Star Game selection
· Experience coaching with New Hampshire Tomahawks, Laxachusetts and Grainte State Elite club programs

“I want to thank Kateri and the University of Delaware administration for giving me the opportunity to join the women’s lacrosse staff. The culture and commitment to athletic success and the student-athlete experience throughout the athletic department makes coaching at Delaware extremely attractive. After visiting campus and meeting with the staff, I knew it was perfect fit. I am excited to bring my experiences as a player and a coach to the Blue Hens.”


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