Rachel Tringali begins her third season as the Central Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse head coach in 2008. A former Blue Devil assistant, Tringali is looking to lead CCSU to its first Northeast Conference Tournament appearance.
Tringali and the Blue Devils ended the 2007 campaign with a 3-12 record. Goalkeeper Alice Lee became Tringali’s first All-Northeast Conference performer, and just the third in school history, after being voted to the first team. Lee led the nation in save percentage, posting a .577 average in 14 games, and broke the school records for saves in a game and season, stopping 29 of her 225 at Robert Morris on March 30, 2007. Those were two of several records established in Tringali’s second season at the helm.
Julia Steier, who established the single-season mark for assists as a junior in 2006, broke the single-game and career records in 2007. The West Hartford, CT native had five assists versus Howard on April 18, 2007. She ended her career with 49, 15 better than the previous mark held by Tracey Uellendahl. The team, meanwhile, put up record-setting numbers in single-season assists (54), draw controls (150) and caused turnovers (138).
A year earlier, Central Connecticut finished 3-11 overall but went 3-5 in conference play, finishing one spot out of postseason play in a tie for fifth. The three NEC wins were the most in program history.
Other records fell under Tringali’s first year, as well. In addition to Steier’s single-season mark for assists (19), the team established a single-season best for assists, recording 47, and draw controls (149).
Returning to the Blue Devil sidelines three years ago, Tringali started her second stint in the CCSU program as assistant coach after four years away from the program. Tringali first served as an assistant coach under Greg Styles during the 2001 season.
Tringali was a two-year captain and four-year starter at Monmouth. She ended a prolific playing career as an attack for the Hawks in 2000. Playing in the Northeast Conference, she earned three all-conference selections. During her senior season, she also collected a second team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American honor from the National Lacrosse Coaches Association of America.
Tringali completed her senior season ranked third in the nation for assists per game (2.06) and set a Monmouth record with 104 assists during her collegiate career. The assist record still stands, while she is currently fourth in the Monmouth record book with 217 points. Tringali also ranks sixth with 113 goals.
Tringali graduated from Monmouth University in 2000 with a degree in communication studies and a minor in health studies.
During the 2004 season, Tringali served as the interim head coach at Springfield College. She guided the team to an 11-5 season, leading the squad into the post season for a third straight year.
In 2002, Tringali served as an assistant coach at Davidson College.
Tringali currently resides in West Hartford, CT.