Krissy Bentolila Named Pfeiffer's New Head Lacrosse Coach

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Pfeiffer Athletic Director/VP for Athletics Bob Reasso has announced the hiring of Krissy Bentolila as the team's head women's lacrosse coach, effective immediately. Bentolila is a 2009 graduate of Pfeiffer and most recently served as the assistant coach at Kennesaw St.

"We are absolutely delighted to have Krissy joining our coaching staff," said Reasso. "Hiring someone in between semesters for the spring is very difficult and for us to get someone the caliber of Krissy is very fortunate. It's even better that she's a former Falcon herself and has the understanding of what Pfeiffer athletics is all about."

Bentolila was a standout on the lacrosse field for the Falcons from 2005-09 and served as the team's co-captain in 2008-09. She was named to the All-Conference team in 2008 and 2009 and was an All-Academic performer the same two year's. She earned Second Team All-Region honors in 2009 and was a four-year member of the Dean's List. She currently ranks third all-time in assists (69) and points (172) and sixth in goals scored (103).

After her time in Misenheimer, Bentolila was named the assistant coach at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. She served as the offensive coordinator and oversaw the strength and conditioning workouts of the Division I program. She was also the team academic advisor and was in charge of recruiting and film exchange.

After a season at Presbyterian, Bentolila was hired to the same position at Queens University in May 2011 where she performed many of the same duties.

"I am so excited to be back coaching at my alma mater with a very talented group of players," said Bentolila. "I want to thank Bob Reasso and the rest of the administration for the incredible opportunity to lead this program. I am looking forward to keeping the momentum going with this team as they come off of their most successful season in Pfeiffer history."

Bentolila earned her bachelors in Sports Management in 2009 and also received her masters of Science in Leadership in 2013 from Pfeiffer.

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Kennesaw, Ga. Kennesaw State assistant lacrosse coach Krista Bentolila has resigned her position with the Owls to accept the head coaching position at her alma mater, Pfeiffer University.

"We are very excited about Kris' opportunity to lead at Pfeiffer," head coach Kristina Llanes said. "She has been an extremely important and had a positive impact in our program, and we are fortunate to have grown during her time here. While we are sad to see her go, we wish her the best of luck in the future and will continue to support her and the Pfeiffer Falcons."

Bentolila was a standout on the lacrosse field for the Falcons from 2005-09 and served as the team's co-captain in 2008-09. She was also named to the All-Conference and All-Academic teams in 2008 and 2009. She earned Second Team All-Region honors in 2009 and was a four-year member of the Dean's List. She currently ranks third all-time in assists (69) and points (172) and sixth in goals scored (103).

Before coming to Kennesaw State, Bentolila spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Queens University of Charlotte. Prior to coaching at Queens University, she served as an assistant coach for two seasons under coach Llanes at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

A search to fill Bentolila's assistant position will begin immediately.

The Owls open their 2014 season at home on Friday, February 7 against Vanderbilt at 5:00 P.M.

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