August 28, 2012

Caldwell (N.J.) Adds D-II Team, Rizzo Named Coach

from press release

CALDWELL, N.J. – Amy Rizzo has been selected to lead the new women's lacrosse program at Caldwell College, Executive Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino announced. Rizzo also will coordinate the recreation sports programs. Caldwell College will add women's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport for the 2013-2014 academic year and compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference at the NCAA Division II level.

"Amy comes with a solid background in lacrosse," Corino said. "She was a successful Division I player, a head coach for a top high school program, and an assistant coach and recruiter for one of the best Division II programs in the country. Amy is tremendously energetic and excited about meeting the challenge of building a program, and we are glad to have her at Caldwell."

Rizzo served as an assistant coach at Adelphi University in 2011-2012, helping the Panthers reach the NCAA Division II Tournament and capture their third consecutive Northeast 10 Conference title. She also spent a year at Building Blocks Lacrosse as the Director of Girls Recruitment, while also coaching varsity lacrosse for the 2011 season at Kent Place in Summit, N.J. While at Kent Place, Rizzo led the team to runner-up finishes at the Prep A and Union County tournaments while posting a 15-6 record.

A native of Jackson, N.J., Rizzo attended Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she earned all-Northeast Conference honors four times and became the program's all-time leading scorer with 185 goals and 249 points. She also was selected to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Squad. Rizzo received her Bachelor's degree in management and marketing in 2007, and earned her Master's degree in marketing from LIU in 2010. She served as an assistant coach at LIU for three seasons following her playing career.

"I would like to thank Mark Corino and human resources director Michelle Stauss for giving me such an amazing opportunity," Rizzo said. "It is a tremendous honor to start the women's lacrosse program and be able to create traditions at Caldwell. I'm eager to develop and grow a strong lacrosse program for the Cougars that will achieve many successes for years to come."

Adding a women's sport was part of the college's strategic plan, and lacrosse was chosen earlier this year to become the 12th intercollegiate athletics program offered at Caldwell. Ten of Caldwell's 11 NCAA Division II athletics programs compete in the CACC, which currently has seven schools that offer women's lacrosse. Nyack College is adding the sport for the 2012-2013 academic year. Rizzo will have the opportunity to recruit current high school student-athletes for inaugural Cougar in 2013-2014, while also serving as the recreation sports coordinator and fulfilling other responsibilities within the athletics department.

"Having a women's lacrosse program will benefit us in a lot of ways," said Joseph J. Posillico, Vice President for Enrollment Management. "An additional 20 to 25 female student-athletes will help us with our Title IX compliance. The Northeast is a hotbed for lacrosse, both in numbers and in the level of talent. Also, women's lacrosse players tend to be excellent students, and the program will bring that element to Caldwell."

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