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Dina Rizzo

 
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Dina Rizzo completed her third season with Princeton 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. Princeton finished with five players on the all-region teams highlighted by Cat Caro's sparkling All-American campaign.

Rizzo made her way to Princeton after spending the previous six seasons as the associate head coach at Maryland. During her time with the Terrapins, Rizzo helped the team to back-to-back national championships (2010-11), four Final Four appearances, two ACC titles and two straight Big Ten regular season titles (2014-15). Maryland most recently won the 2015 Big Ten Tournament and lost to Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

While coaching at Maryland, Rizzo was integral in creating game strategies, team practices and the recruiting process. She contributed to the development of 42 National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) Academic All-Americans, two Olympians, four national team members, 23 All-Americans, 28 all-conference members and two Honda Broderick winners.

Rizzo also spent time at the University of Massachusetts as an assistant coach, helping the Minutewomen to a top ten ranking in the NFCHA poll, the highest ranking for the team in nine years. She also accrued time in the Ivy League with a year as an assistant at Harvard.