LIU Brooklyn Names Allison Nuzzi New Head Lacrosse Coach

Brooklyn, N.Y. Allison Nuzzi, an assistant coach at Hofstra University and former assistant at the University of Richmond, has been named the head women's lacrosse coach at LIU Brooklyn, Director of Athletics John Suarez announced on Wednesday.

"We are excited to have Allison as our new women's lacrosse coach," Suarez said. "She has had great experience at two schools that have been very successful, and I'm confident that she will do a great job."

"I am extremely honored to be the new head women's lacrosse coach at LIU Brooklyn," Nuzzi said. "I am excited to join the Blackbirds program and was instantly drawn to the family atmosphere present here. I would like to thank Director of Athletics, John Suarez and Senior Associate Athletic Director Margaret Alaimo for affording me this wonderful opportunity."

"It is clear that the Athletic Department supports and encourages its student-athletes to grow as people," Nuzzi continued. "I look forward to leading these young women while and building a successful and competitive program."

Nuzzi served as an assistant coach at Hofstra for the last three seasons, helping the Pride to the championship game of the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament in her first year with the team. Hofstra finished 2010 with 12 wins and was ranked No. 16 in the nation following the regular season.

While with the Pride, Nuzzi's responsibilities included budgets, recruiting, scouting and on-field coaching, while directing the midfield and defense. She developed six All-CAA players and seven All-Rookie Team selections during her time in Hempstead, N.Y., and mentored a pair of United States National Team selections: Developmental Team selection Corrine Gandolfi and current U.S. National Team defender Katie Hertsch.

Prior to Hofstra, the Baltimore, Md. native was an assistant coach for Richmond during the 2008 and 2009 seasons and helped the Spiders compile an 11-3 Atlantic-10 Conference record during that time. Nuzzi assisted in all aspects of the program, including game preparation, scouting reports and on-field coaching, and undertook head coaching responsibilities during the 2009 season, leading the Spiders to the A-10 Tournament.

She also monitored the academic progress of the student-athletes, and the team compiled one of the highest grade point averages in Richmond lacrosse history. The recruiting coordinator for the Spiders, Nuzzi also helped to manage budgets and with conditioning and practice plans for the squad.

Prior to her stint at Richmond, Nuzzi was an accounting associate with Clifton Gunderson LLP from August 2006 to June 2007.

A four-year member and two-year captain of Richmond from 2002 to 2006, Nuzzi totaled 32 goals and 63 assists during her stellar career. When her playing career concluded, she ranked second all-time in assists and her 26 assists in 2006 and 25 in 2004 rank as the second and third-highest single season total in school history.

A member of the student-athlete leadership council and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority during her undergraduate career, Nuzzi graduated from Richmond in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in Spanish.


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