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Carla Tagliente

 
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Carla Tagliente just wrapped up her third season with the Princeton Tigers in 2018.

The Tigers finished 15-5 in 2018 and reached the NCAA Final Four for the second time in three years. Princeton hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, defeating No. 13 Virginia and No. 6 Harvard before falling to No. 2 Maryland in the National Semifinal. More than half of their victories (eight) came against ranked opponents, leading them to be named the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers had three All-Americans, five All-Region players, and eight All-Ivy selections. Clara Roth was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Year while Elise Wong was selected as Ivy Defensive Player of the Year.

Princeton won 12 games for the second straight season, winning the Ivy League title in 2017. The Tigers reached the NCAA quarterfinals after a thrilling double-overtime victory over No. 5 Virginia on the road in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. During the year, Princeton defeated five ranked teams and had six players named to All-Region status. Maddie Bacskai and Ryan McCarthy were selected as All-Americans, each player’s first All-America honor.

Her first season with Princeton (12-8) was a magical one as the team received its first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in program history en route to a Final Four berth. The Tigers took down two top-10 teams in the NCAA Tournament on their way to their seventh Final Four appearance and Tagliente's first as a coach. Princeton finished with five players on the all-region teams highlighted by Cat Caro's sparkling All-American campaign.

Tagliente, formerly of UMass, was named the head coach of Princeton field hockey, Mollie Marcoux ’91, the Ford Family Director of Athletics, announced in June of 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Tagliente to the Princeton family,” Marcoux said. "She has a remarkable track record of success as a student, as an athlete and as a coach, and she is fully committed to achieving our goals of “Education through Athletics” and competitive excellence at the highest level. We’re confident that she is the ideal candidate to lead the highly-successful Tiger field hockey team into the future and to build upon the program’s tremendous history.”

Tagliente was the head coach for the Minutewomen for the last five seasons, most recently leading her team to the Atlantic 10 (A-10) tournament championship and a berth to the NCAA tournament.