June 29, 2010

Hopkins Women Add Singleton to Staff

from press release

- Tara Singleton, a three-year assistant at the University of Denver, has joined the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse coaching staff announced head coach Janine Tucker. Singleton will coach the Blue Jay defense as well as assist in recruiting and the day-to-day operations.

"We are thrilled with the addition of Tara Singleton to our coaching staff," said Tucker. "Tara is a knowledgeable and passionate coach who cares deeply about the development and success of her players - on and off of the field. We are excited about the intensity and competitiveness she brings to the table."

A 2004 graduate of nearby Loyola, Singleton spent one year at her alma mater before moving to UMBC, where she spent two years coaching the defense. While with the Retrievers, she served as the interim head coach during the spring of 2006 while the head coach was on maternity leave.

In 2007, she left Baltimore and joined the Denver staff where in her first season the Pioneers went 13-6 and advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship game. After going 10-8 in 2009, Denver posted a 13-5 record in 2010 and again advanced to the MPSF title game. This past season, her defensive unit ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 8.57 goals per game.

"It is an honor to return to my hometown to be a part of Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse," Singleton said. "I am excited to join Janine and Jen in their pursuit of continued success and am thrilled to be a member of a program rich in tradition."

Singleton played four years at Loyola, starting her last two years and captaining the Greyhounds as a senior. She helped Loyola to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two Final Fours and the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association title. As a junior, she led the team in caused turnovers and anchored the top-ranked defense in the nation. As a senior, she again led the team in caused turnovers and was among the national leaders in that category. She earned second team All-America honors as a senior and was a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.

Singleton was a member of the U.S. National Developmental Team from 2003-05, a 2005 World Cup team candidate and a member of the U.S. National Elite Team from 2007-08. She served as a counselor at Loyola Lacrosse Camps for seven summers, head coach of the North Baltimore County Lacrosse Team for three seasons and is the co-owner of Denver Summit Lacrosse.

A Baltimore native and Mercy High School alumna, Singleton graduated from Loyola in 2004 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in special education.

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